Faculty: Religious Studies
Subjects, Activities, Responsibilities
Education and Previous Work Experience
BA in History, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
A Little About Me:
I am Subiaco Abbey’s newest solemnly professed monk, having taken my final vows and officially entered the monastery on August 20
, 2016. This will be my third year teaching religious studies at the Academy.
Having grown up in Wisconsin, and then moving to Colorado in my twenties, I was curious when I discerned that God wanted me to move to Arkansas, a state I had never visited and a climate that, frankly, I was unsure I could endure. That curiosity changed to dread as I experienced my first sweltering Arkansas summer. Before coming to Subiaco Academy, I taught skiing for almost twenty years at Copper Mountain in Summit County, Colorado, and people ask me how I could give up skiing and cool climate living in order to move to a monastery in Arkansas. All I say in response is, “God told me to come here.” I used to say that tongue-in- cheek, but now that I’ve adjusted, I say it with deepest gratitude.
A few of my hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, reading, apologetics, and writing my blog. I am the head of the monastery’s prayer hotline which allows me to deal with people of all walks of life and with every problem under the sun. As a result, I have learned how to be a spiritual advisor to many different kinds of people facing a myriad of different problems. I have faced few challenges in my own life that are difficult, yet rewarding.
The Academy has been a wonderful experience for me. I am used to teaching kids, but the struggle adjusting to classroom teaching has paid off, and I love it. The interaction with the boys is something I look forward to every day. As a result, I consider myself very fortunate and blessed to be part of the Academy ministry and the Subiaco family.