I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. I am the older of two children. My brother, Stephen, is a Trappist Monk in Spencer, Massachusetts. After graduating with a degree in English, I moved to New York City in 1981 where I taught middle school in the Catholic School System for five years. During the early 1980’s I became a volunteer in the former St. Clare’s Hospital which was the first hospital designated for people who suffered from AIDS and HIV. I volunteered in the Baby Boarder Program at St. Luke’s Hospital. Responding to these needs was what precipitated my move from education to social work.
After graduation from social work school, I practiced social work in psychiatric out-patient and in-patient settings in New York City. My last position before entering the Franciscan Order in 2001 was as social work supervisor in the pediatric psychiatric consultation liaison service at Bellevue Hospital Center.
I was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 2008. My previous assignments before coming to Franciscan University in August, 2015 were at Catholic Charities-Archdiocese of Washington where I worked as a social worker in a shelter for homeless mentally ill drug addicted men from 2008-2012, and then as a pastoral associate at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fort Worth, Texas from 2012-2015. In addition to being on the social work faculty, I am a counselor in the Wellness Center at the university.
My professional interests are helping the severely and persistent mentally ill, perpetrators of domestic violence, and work with sex offenders. During my work in both New York City and Washington, DC, I was also a field instructor for a number of the graduate social work programs in those cities.
My hobbies and interests are reading, traveling, journaling, going to art museums, going to movies and theatre, and listening to live music.
This Core Curriculum "reflects our ongoing
commitment to academic excellence and the integration of faith and
reason. Based on the Western intellectual tradition, our Franciscan
educational heritage, and the Catholic mission of Franciscan University,
the new core purposefully exposes our students to more of the
fundamental knowledge and critical authors they need to become
well-educated Catholics" —Father Terence Henry, TOR, chancellor of
Franciscan University of Steubenville