My 2 brothers, sister and I grew up in Philadelphia in a typical Irish-German-Italian, upper-lower-class, Catholic, Philly row-home home. Dad was a Philly cop (and a good one) and Mom worked at Sears to make ends meet.
From the time I was a small child, I was fascinated with being a priest. I eventually entered the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia where I studied for 6 years. My undergrad degree is from St. Charles Borromeo.
A short time after, that I entered the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary but left before taking my first vows.
I obtained a master’s degree in Organization Development from Antioch University and began a successful career as a human resources executive for companies ranging from small entrepreneurial startups, to global Fortune 300 tech firms. I am well known in the industry as a thought leader and change agent who is expert at building engaged cultures, effective leaders, market-facing capabilities and human capital strategies.
I am also an openly gay man who has been active in the field of gay rights for decades. I am married to my incredible partner, Tony of 25 years.
Although we have been active in Dignity - a community of Catholic LGBTQ people - in 2017 we discovered the amazing, affirming, justice driven Catholic community of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America, or CACINA as it is known.
Late in 2017, I answered the call from our Bishop for anyone interested in becoming a priest to step forward. After much study and prayer, I was at long last ordained a Deacon in May of 2018, and a priest on April 6th, 2019.
I am now the pastor of a new CACINA parish, Our Lady, UnDoer of Knots.
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