Why did you join the Crosiers? Since kindergarten I wanted to be a priest, and the Crosiers took me in. There were no lofty ideals, goals and desires in joining the Order like so many have had down through the ages. I really didn't know much at all about the Crosiers. There was very little interacting with Crosiers beforehand and no series of testing as the new guys need to take - just a physical, recommendation from the pastor of my home parish, and I was in.
How do I find life and meaning in living my vocation as a Crosier? Since joining the Crosier Order in 1964 (first as a "brother" - "Jude" is a religious name - and then eventually as a priest), I have grown in appreciation that I am part of this great and ancient Order in the Church. I often preach and tell people, "I have not for one second regretted being a Crosier. It is my life and I believe with all my heart that this is where God wanted me to be all along." I LOVE being a Crosier...and I think this comes out in my life.
What I find most appealing about being a Crosier is the fraternity and the friendship which have developed over the years. Luckily we are not that large an Order/Congregation which often finds its members not knowing one another or relating to a vast majority of the community in a personal way.
Over the years I have come to appreciate more the chanting of the psalms (Music is one aspect of life in which I deeply experience God! The other being the deep friendships I have!!) and the gathering as a community to pray for the Church and those who seek our intercessory ministry ~ particularly to St. Odilia, our patroness. (Since coming to Onamia in 2004 my appreciation for St. Odilia as our protector has become more part of my life. I'm happy to be connected to the National Shrine with the opportunity to promote devotion to her.)
My ministry is living Crosier Religious Life. (I am first of all "a Crosier"—then the distinction of "priest" comes very secondarily to me.); being involved in coordinating the liturgical life of the community & priory; helping to establish a Crosier Associates program where women and men can be more connected with us; and, what is very important to me, making the priory as much a home (rather than just an institution) as possible. Externally, I help pastor four small parishes in our area, working with two other Crosier priests in meeting the spiritual needs of the people of God.
Because of my involvement in liturgy, I show interest in liturgical life of the Church, in its preparation and celebration.
Born and raised: I was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., which is situated next to the Bronx.
Home parish: Sacred Heart, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
Hobbies and interests: I enjoy books on history, biographies, worship/celebration, etc. I do not have any formal hobbies - but what I am involved gives me a balanced life and keeps me busy. Crosiers with whom I live with would add that "Jude loves movies, theater, the fine arts, etc." That is true! God is so very present in the creativity of women and men who share their gifts with the world.
Date of Profession: March 19, 1966
Date of Ordination: June 2, 1979
Crosier Community of Phoenix
PO Box 32705
Phoenix, AZ 85064-2705