I hold a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College, an M.A. in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Saint Louis University.
Much of my published work involves a critical engagement with the work of Bernard Lonergan and Hans Urs von Balthasar, but also Thomas Aquinas, John Henry Newman, Walker Percy, Johann Baptist Metz, among others.
I am the founder and organizer of the St. Louis Society for Catholic Theologians, and am currently a co-editor, along with Dr. Patrick Byrne, Dr. R.J. Snell, and Dr. Thomas McPartland of the peer-reviewed journal, Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies. I recently completed two years as convener of the CTSA session on Christology.
My book on the soon-to-be St. John XXIII will be published by Paulist Press this coming Spring, prior to his canonization on April 27, 2014. I am also working on a book-length project, which involves a systematic-theological examination of human desire in the field of theological anthropology. In examining this theme over the last couple years, I have been especially engaging the work of B. Lonergan, R. Girard, H.U.V. Balthasar, J.L. Marion, Dante, Augustine, Aquinas, W. Percy, R. Doran, J.K.A. Smith, William Cavanaugh, and C. Taylor.
Prior to doctoral studies, I taught for several years at St. Louis University High School.
My family and I live in South St. Louis and attend St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. My wife Susanne works at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Our children, Luke (3rd Grade) and Anna (1st Grade), attend St. Joan of Arc Catholic School. Although they were both born in Boston, it has not been hard to raise them as St. Louis Cardinals fans. Both of them love soccer and are known to regularly wear their Chelsea jerseys around the neighborhood!