I have been a member of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers since 1976. I was born and raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. During my childhood, my parents formed a family band with my five siblings and me. This background laid the foundation for my love of music and liturgy. I have developed my musical skills, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in music and psychology in 1980 and developing my skills as a liturgical music publisher. I have published a variety of liturgical and musical publications, especially those used by the Crosiers in their liturgical prayer.
I earned my Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy in 1984 along with my Master of Divinity. I have served as vocation director and post-novitiate formation director. I also served as director of The Welcome Center, a multicultural ministry established by the Crosiers in collaboration with the parish of St. Odilia in St. Paul, Minnesota.
For a period, I was assigned to Brazil where I worked as Crosier novice director and post-novitiate formation director. This experience required that I learn to speak Brazilian Portuguese. I have been engaged in ministry with the Hispanic community in the United States for more than 20 years, gaining fluency in Spanish as well as familiarity with a variety of cultural patterns within the Latino community.
I was elected prior provincial of the Crosiers in 2011 and led the efforts to establish Crosier Village, a new foundation for the Crosiers in the heart of South Phoenix. I was recently elected the national superior of the Crosiers in the United States under the title of conventual prior. I am the immediate superior of the 47 Crosiers who live in the two Crosier communities in the U.S., one in Onamia, Minnesota and the other in Phoenix.
Born and raised: Spring Hill, Minnesota
Home parish: St. Michael the Archangel
Hobbies and interests: My hobbies include playing piano, guitar, bass and flute, reading, gardening and yard work, walking and enjoying homemade Mexican food!
Conventual Priory of the Holy Cross
PO Box 90428
Phoenix, AZ 85066-0428