B.A., Religion & Philosophy, 2011
M.A., Catholic Studies, 2016 (December, God willing!)
How you currently serve:
Oblate of Saint Benedict (St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama); Eucharistic Lay Minister & Chaplaincy Assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Certified Sports Life Coach through the International Sports Professionals Association; Sport Chaplain & Sport-Spirituality Research Scholar affiliated with the Sports & Christianity Group Think-Tank; Writer.
RUNNING, Travel, Reading, Finding Delish new healthy recipes, wine, praying, golf.
Significant memories of time at CBU:
Treasured most in my heart are the friendships I made with a number of my classmates; at least one significant romantic relationship (the journey through and fallout of which became the basis for my newest book, "Worth Holding On To," and; perhaps most of all, the connections fostered with great professors with whom I still keep in-contact to this day including Drs. Geis, Fulmer, and Durr.
Perhaps my most incredible "sense of CBU" in terms of the value of community came only recently in my graduate work in the MACS program. Our courses follow a cohort style of study and I've grown very close in brotherhood and friendship with the persons who have made up this most recent class.
Insights/wisdom for current students:
Know that at CBU, the professors are there to help you. I know this sounds cliché, but perhaps some of the most sage and comforting advice I've EVER received in a time of personal crisis came from a brilliant professor of religious studies. The advice was just that... It was advice; not a lecture or some scholarly musing. It was heartfelt, poised, and most importantly, offered through "the lens of love."
Surprising things you’ve learned about yourself, God, theology, etc. that you’ve learned while earning your M.A. In Catholic Studies:
While I cannot summarize an answer to this question in anything beneath the length of a graduate thesis, I will simply say this:
I have always been a believer. After much of what I've been through thus far in my life (with the hope and prayer of several decades more to live and grow), it would be hard for me not to believe. But there are times when "knowing ABOUT God" has been easier than "BELIEVING in God." In those times, we're asked to lean merely on faith; abide in hope; and to love others through the same difficulties.