1. A Short Biography

I earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1966 from the University of Illinois, Urbana and received my professional license in Illinois in 1972.  I had had a major reversion to the faith in 1982, and from then on sensed that God wanted me to do more for Him than being an Architect.  For the next ten years I looked into various forms of religious life - holy orders, monasticism, lay institutes - all the while working as an architect until 1992 when I entered Franciscan University of Steubenville, still searching.  In 1994 I spent a year at Holy Apostles Seminary for Older Men studying for the Priesthood.  I finally concluded that God wanted me in the world as a layman, so I returned to Franciscan University and completed my Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry in 1996. 

Afterwards I returned to architectural work, active in the Church teaching various adult education classes and promoting the right to life until I retired 2006. I moved to Jacksonville, Florida in January, 2006 where I began hosting A Leisurely Walk ... on Catholic radio station WQOP in 2010. I have been doing research on the history of my family and the times in which they lived for about 50 years.  My first book,  The Strange Life of Walenty Karnowski: The Rabbi's Illegitimate Grandson, was publishing in 2011. Click here to purchase from Amazon.  It deals with the odd events surrounding his birth in 1842.  I am presently completing work on the next sequel,  The Strange Life of Walenty Karnowski: The Search for a Father.  It deals with the now-orphan's involvement in several revolutions in 1848 Europe.  It will be published later this year.         



Life of Walenty Karnowski.mp3
Gerald Schmidt,
Mar 16, 2014, 9:14 AM