About Me

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky. Ordained May 16, 1970, I have served as a home missionary, college teacher, campus minister, pastor, cathedral rector, traveling evangelist, homiletics instructor, archdiocesan vocation director and founding director of the Saint Meinrad Seminary Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.

I have given major addresses at national conventions on church renovation, homiletics, presbyteral unity and vocations. I have presented more than 80 parish missions and retreats and led more than 100 presbyteral convocations around the country and abroad.

I have a Masters of Divinity degree from Saint Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Presbyterian Seminary in Chicago. I have authored several books for clergy and published three collections of my homilies and thirteen volumes of my For the Record book series. Three of my books for clergy are available in Spanish and one in Swahili.

Officially "retired," I am still working, especially doing the things I enjoy most. I am in my 14th year as a columnist for my archdiocesan newspaper, The Record, and my 16th year as a part-time campus minister at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

I still lead priest convocations and retreats, especially in the United States and Canada, but also abroad, as well as periodic parish missions. Most of the money raised is used to support mu volunteer mission work in dioceses in the Caribbean. 

In my retirement, besides the things listed above, I personally volunteer in the Diocese of Kingstown in the island country of St.Vincent and the Grenadines and in the Diocese of Bridgetown in the island country of Barbados. In 2016, I started The Catholic Second Wind Guild (a volunteer organization for retired priests and lay people wanting to volunteer their time, expertise, connections and resources doing part-time mission work in the Caribbean) with chapters in both countries.