I grew up in Richfield, Minnesota and attended Saint Peter’s grade school. I ventured away from home for high school and attended Saint John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota and graduated in 1986. Following high school I chose to attend Carleton College in Northfield and graduated with a B.A. in German Literature in 1990.
After college I decided that I wanted to travel and obtained a job as a Trip Director with Carlson Marketing Group. As exciting as it was to work “on the road” the time came for me to move inside the office and I worked as a meeting planner.
The second half of my secular career was spent at BI (Business Improvement) where I continued to work as a meeting planner planning sales meetings, conventions, and incentive travel awards. After 11 years in the working world, and after many hours of prayer in the adoration chapel, I entered the Saint Paul Seminary in the fall of 2001. The six years of seminary were a great blessing to learn more about our faith and how to serve the people of God.
After ordination, my first assignment was to the parishes of Divine Mercy, Faribault, Saint Patrick, Shieldsville and Saint Michael, Kenyon. My second assignment was in Saint Paul where I served at the Cathedral and Saint Vincent de Paul. I was then pastor of Our Lady of the Prairie in Belle Plaine for four years. I then served as Pastor of Divine Mercy in Faribault. I most recently served as Pastor of Mary Queen of Peace for the past five plus years. I loved the people whom I served and am grateful to the parishioners and staff of those parishes for teaching me about ministry and for the love and support that I gained from them.
My mother passed away and my dad lives in Bloomington. I have one brother, who is married with four children, so I’m a very proud uncle of three nieces and one nephew. It is wonderful to be back in Belle Plaine!