Books that are Old Friends
  • Aristotle, Physics
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Expositio super librum Boethii De Trinitate
  • Josef Pieper, Faith, Hope, Love; Only the Lover Sings
  • C.S. Lewis, Perelandra; The Four Loves
  • Charles de Koninck, The Primacy of the Common Good
  • Joseph Ratzinger, The Nature & Mission of Theology; The Spirit of the Liturgy
  • Benedict XVI, Deus caritas est
  • St. John Paul II, Veritatis splendor; Fides et ratio


A California native, I grew up in the coastal town of Ventura before heading north to the San Francisco Bay area to study music composition at U.C. Berkeley. In the midst of my studies there, a powerful rediscovery of my Catholic faith led me to NET Ministries, where I served for a year as a traveling missionary, sharing the good news about Christ and His Church with young people all over the country. I returned to Berkeley to complete my B.A., but by that time I had already begun to develop a love for philosophy and theology. This love prompted me to head to Austria, where I studied at the International Theological Institute (I.T.I.), completing Masters and Licentiate degrees in Sacred Theology (S.T.M., 2008; S.T.L., 2011).

While in Europe, I was struck by the beauty and culture born of the faith, reassembling, in my mind’s eye, the remaining fragments of Christendom and catching sight of what it means to live the life of faith “in abundance” (Jn 10:10). I was also blessed to meet my beautiful wife, Simone, and the two of us were later married in Austria. Finally, I had the joyful privilege of teaching undergraduates in Franciscan University’s Austrian program and masters students at the I.T.I.

Currently, I am completing a Ph.D. in Moral Theology at the University of Notre Dame. My interests include the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, Catholic social teaching, the thought of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and the place of human beings in the natural world and within the web of technology surrounding us. My wife and I, along with our three children, live in Centennial, CO, where we love how the Rockies remind us of the Austrian Alps.