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Recent & Upcoming Courses
  • Discipleship for the New Evangelization  (Fall 2015)
  • Leadership Seminar  (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016)
  • Leadership for the New Evangelization  (Spring 2016)
Books that are Old Friends
  • Aquinas, Treatise on Happiness (Summa Theologica I-II. qq. 1-5), Treatise on Virtue (Summa Theologica I-II. qq. 55-67)
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Jean-Baptiste Chautard, The Soul of the Apostolate
  • Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life
  • Joseph Pieper, Leisure: the Basis of Culture
  • Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
  • Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study of Moral Theory

Profile

After studying at Franciscan University (B.S. 1987), I have been privileged to serve ever since with the Steubenville summer Youth Conferences, watching them grow from two events on campus, to more than 20 all over the country. I continue to stay connected with my roots at FUS and will forever be grateful for the formation I received there. Over the years I have also been blessed to be a part of Catholic Youth Ministry in numerous roles – Parish youth minister for more then 25 years, Director of Catechesis for the national Life Teen Program, Director of ImpactCenter, and founder and key architect of YDisciple.

Currently I am a Lecturer at the Augustine Institute, teaching the Discipleship and Leadership for the New Evangelization courses. I also work at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary for the Archdiocese of Denver, where I run a Leadership Institute for the Lay Division of Formation. There is fruitful overlap with the leadership and discipleship content I teach at both institutions that is at the heart of the new evangelization and helping develop leaders in the Church with a true vision for renewal, and the practical skills to actually implement it.

I live in the Denver area with my wife, Meg, and our five children: Aaron, Claire, Daniel, Jonathan and Brian.

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