STD, STL, Pontificia Università San Tommaso (Angelicum), Rome
MDiv, BA, Saint Albert's College
BS (Biology), University of South Carolina
My parents and family were devout Southern Baptists. It was this evangelical Protestant culture that first nourished my religious faith with a deep love of and devotion to Sacred Scripture, a personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior and the efficacy and necessity of preaching the Word. It was while I was at the University of South Carolina that I experienced a major conversion which led to my acceptance of the Catholic Church as the authentic and full Church which Jesus Christ had established. After my conversion to Catholicism, I joined the US Navy where I served four years as an electronics technician during the Vietnam conflict. After my honorable discharge from the Navy, I entered the Dominican Novitiate and was ordained to the priesthood in 1973.
In 1991 I experienced two fundamental changes in my life. First, I was sent to work with the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded by Mother Theresa of Calcutta. My first assignment with the Missionaries of Charity was in Albania as the old Communist regime crumbled, allowing Catholic clergy into the country. I was then sent to Moscow just after the aborted coup attempt against president Yeltzin. Since 1991, I have been giving retreats, seminars and courses to the Missionaries of Charity in India, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Second, I went back to school at the Dominican university in Rome, Italy known as the Angelicum, where I received my doctorate in Theology. For more than 15 years, I lectured on moral theology, spirituality and homiletics at the Angelicum. I have now retired from the Angelicum and lecture on homiletics at DSPT during the fall semester and spend the other half of the year wandering the face of the globe as an itinerate friar preaching the Word of God to all who will listen.