I work in healthcare/medicine and cherish the opportunities I have to help save lives in a critical care setting. I met the wonderful, intelligent, beautiful and faithful woman that I now call my wife while working in the medical field as well. We have a wonderful family made up of two children, our two dogs and two cats. She, with God, moved my heart and mind to convert to the Catholic Church. After three years of reading the Bible, the Saints and Doctors of the Church along with many other books, countless hours of podcast listening and RCIA I was baptized into the Catholic Church on April 1st, 2018. I fully support orthodoxy and all the traditional teachings of the Church, prefer ad orientem, Gregorian chant and believe Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at mass are all too common. After coming into communion with the Holy Roman Catholic Church I found that the splendor of the Church had appeared to have in many ways lost its luster. While there are many reasons for it, many members of the Church Militant seem to have become the Church pacifist, appealing to a watered down church of nice Catholic faith. Kevin and I felt that above all, our responsibilities to our families, ourselves and our fellow travelers were to help build better Catholics. Evangelism, faith formation and devotion all start in the home and that is our goal; to help lay Catholics learn the ins and outs of the faith and to develop and mature into the holiness we were all called to.
Favorite Saints/Historic Catholics: Joseph, Matthew, Paul, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Francis De Sales, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen.
Favorite movie(s): The Ten Commandments, Jesus of Nazareth, Full of Grace, Son of God, The Mission, The Heart of Man, A Hidden Life, The Last Samurai, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Goonies, Groundhog Day, Hook, Home Alone, White Christmas, Into the Wild, The Way.
Hobbies: Soccer, writing, reading, home projects
Favorite food: Wings, anything with cilantro
Favorite beer: Imperial Stouts, Porters
I was born and raised into a large Irish Catholic family. By the grace of God and through the prayers and merit of my mother and support from my father, my sisters and I remained Catholics throughout my years of public schools and nominally “catholic university” days. Starting in high school, I heard murmurs of the great theological and philosophical traditions of the Church, especially that of Saint Thomas. Upon reaching college, the scourges of modernism, liberalism and naturalism had taken their root in the theology department. I knew something was off when I heard claims like, “Well, we aren’t quite sure if Jesus wasn’t a woman,” or “Luke made up the story of the Ascension because we don’t find it in Paul’s epistles.” It became my duty and my opportunity to learn what the teachings of Holy Mother Church were and why. Discovering the richness of the Traditional Latin Mass nearby, the scaled of modernism began to fall from my eyes, replaced with the beauty and perennial goodness of the real Jesus Christ and the traditions of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Most importantly, it was at this time that I met and fell in love with my wife and mother of my children. Both she, my son and our unborn child remind me of the duty and obligation that I have to continuously grow as a husband, father and Catholic man.
My Catholic heroes: Pope Leo XIII, St. Pius X, Venerable Pius XII, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, JRR Tolkien, GK Chesterton, St. Maximilian Kolbe along with many others.
I enjoy a glass of Irish whiskey or scotch every now and then as well as a nice puff of pipe tobacco from my Peterson pipe.
Favorite Devotions: the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, the Holy Rosary, Infant of Prague
Hobbies: Reading history, theology and philosophy. Gaming: Total War series, especially Rome and Medieval II, Battlefield
I see the work of Orate Fratres as one desperately needed today. As Scripture tells us, “Iron sharpens Iron” (Prov XXVII, 17) and thus the work that Chris and I are undertaking is one of fraternity, accountability, charity and most importantly, sanctity.