I am also grateful for my education and formation at St. Mary's Seminary in Perryville, Missouri and Paul VI Pontifical Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. My diaconate ministry has been blessed because of the training and formation I received at these institutions.
I have had the privilege of teaching Theology at Valle Catholic High School in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. (2003-2005)
I was the Coordinator of Religious Education (2005-2009) for Assumption School in O'Fallon, Missouri. I also served as interim principal for the 2007-2008 academic year. During this time I was also able to serve St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon as a committee member when they were expanding the campus.
The years from the fall of 2009 through 2018 were spent working for the Diocese of Cheyenne as the Director of Pastoral Ministries. This also included serving as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools from 2010 through 2018. It was a beautiful opportunity to work with talented administrators and dedicated teachers at the Catholic elementary schools throughout the state of Wyoming located in Cheyenne, Casper, Gillette, Sheridan, Riverton, Rock Springs, and Laramie.
Getting an opportunity to move south to warmer weather was a treat for me. My wife was not necessarily in agreement. Apparently, I tolerate heat, humidity, bugs, and alligators a little better than what she does. Did I mention we also had a mandatory hurricane evacuation shortly after we arrived? Let's get to the real point. It only hit freezing once all winter. What is there not to love about that! Anyway, many thanks to everyone at St. Francis by the Sea Parish and School for the memories of my time there as Director of Religious Education in 2018 and 2019. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina will always hold a special place in my heart.
Serving as Executive Director of Saint Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs, Iowa 2019-2020 was not boring. A school that has a child care center, an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school all on one campus is a constant flurry of activity. Well, that was true until we were told we had to shut down in March of 2020. I will always be grateful to my fellow administrators as we navigated those uncharted waters. I am also grateful to all those on the Foundation Board who helped run a major gift initiative during a pandemic. I never imagined that the school would be able to raise significant money when we were so limited in what we could do during the lockdown. However, each of you showed me what was possible despite the obstacles standing against us.
Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Arkansas also captured my attention a few years back. I can only imagine the challenges of running a boarding school during a pandemic. I hope and pray that Subiaco will continue forming and educating students for generations to come.
Have a wonderful
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!