Liturgy & Music
My responsibility is to serve STA in the areas of liturgy and spiritual life. I appreciate our many parishioners who step forward to sing and play music, to proclaim Scripture, to greet, to serve in the sacristy and at the altar -- not to mention the many behind-the-scenes people who put their best into Catholic worship. I also assist students who focus on the liturgical life of ISU students through Sunday and Thursday night liturgy, as well as other initiatives of prayer and discernment.
If you are considering getting involved in liturgy, come talk to me about it. I will invite you to discern your gifts and the parish needs. I will enjoy steering you into a role that will suit God's special gifts to you. You may have original ideas, and these too are welcome. Very welcome. I was encouraged as a college student to get involved in my campus parish, and I can do no less than to pass that tradition to a new generation.
Way back in the 80's, that involvement led me to grad school to study systematic theology, and after a 1988 commencement, to serve the Church in lay ministry ever since. I married Anita in 1996, and we adopted our daughter in 2001. We enjoy life in a college town, and Ames has grown very dear to us.
My hobbies include writing, especially on my blog Catholic Sensibility, and for a few church publications. Astronomy has been a keen interest since I was a boy. I also like to read, cook, play games (especially backgammon), and compose music. New endeavors this year include finishing another musical based on the book of Ruth, learning Spanish, and doing more biking to get to work and stay in shape.