Yesterday I officially became a candidate for the diaconate in the diocese of Steubenville. It is a great honor! After posting some pictures of the Candidacy Mass on Instagram, I received a number of congratulations from friends, as well as comments asking, "had you told us about this before?" The answer: not really. Two years [...]

How can I sum my experience at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland this past week? Perhaps a British author said it best: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." I must confess that I generally avoid big papal events. My last (and only) World Youth Day was [...]

One of the best things I've ever created (other my kids, which was not a solo venture) was writing Between the Savior and the Sea, a novel that tells the Gospel story from the eyes of Simon Peter. I'm always thrilled when someone comes up to me at an event and shares how they were blessed by it. [...]

These past few weeks... it is hard to describe the emotions I’ve felt. If someone asked me how I feel, I’d probably say, everything. I’ve felt joy and pain, anger and peace, questions and comfort. My dad was a wonderful man, one of my best friends. I really can’t say more about him right now [...]

I'm flying high from a successful defense of my dissertation yesterday. Literally, I'm flying on a plane home from England as I'm writing this. And by the way, that is the proper use of the word "literally" because 1) it is not a metaphor or exaggeration and 2) I wrote it down. I guess I [...]