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.
My book manuscript, The Givenness of Desire: Concrete Subjectivity and the Natural Desire to See God, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press. In the book, I am especially attentive to two contemporary theological currents: (1) renewed attention to Henri de Lubac's account of the natural desire to see God and (2) growing emphasis on mediated desire and models of holiness as theological resources. The book develops Lonergan's account of "concrete subjectivity" as a way beyond several theological impasses. In the process, I engage contemporary neo-Thomists and Lubacians, along with scholars of the work of R. Girard. Also, Jean-Luc Marion, Charles Taylor, and H.U.V. Balthasar appear frequently in the pages.
I also edited, along with Prof. Kevin Vander Schel (Gonzaga), the selected essays of the philosopher and theologian Frederick Lawrence, entitled The Fragility of Consciousness: Faith, Reason, and the Human Good.
My general audience book, The Vision of Saint John XXIII was published by Paulist Press (April 2014).
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.
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 (5th Grade) and Anna (3nd 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!