My earliest recollections about the possibility that I had a vocation to the priesthood or the religious life began when I was in grade school and developed into what I can only term an attraction for the Church and the wonderful priests, sisters and brothers that were my models and teachers.
Those earliest moments of discernment took a rather lengthy journey as I considered religious life with the Carmelites and then for a number of years with the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis. It would eventually take me nearly 40 years to discover the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn when I encountered the Brothers at St. Francis College.
What I admired in the priests and religious of my early youth I found genuinely expressed in the brothers I had the opportunity to meet at the College. Their ministry of teaching but also their fraternal concern for one another and the deep dedication they expressed for their students rekindled my attraction for religious life and thankfully towards the process of becoming a Franciscan Brother of Brooklyn.
Twenty years later I thank God every day for that gift of attraction for the life of the brother and for the grace to say yes to the vocation to serve Christ, the Church and my brothers in a ministry of Gospel witness. As a religious educator, I have taught on the high school level in both New York and North Carolina. Serving also as chair of Theology at St. Anthony's High School in Huntington, NY and Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I have been privileged to serve my community as a member of the leadership Council and have served my fellow brothers as Director of Formation. Currently it is my great honor to mentor men who are discerning a vocation to our community in my capacity as Novice and Candidate Director.