I am a priest and pilgrim, attempting to walk the path of conversion. This blog began in August 2008 as a place to begin sharing thoughts with friends and family. It has grown to be a home for those who value conversation and dialogue on the Christian faith. Blessed Is The Kingdom is a site where friends and family are always welcome.
I am a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville, TN who attended Conception Seminary College in Missouri and Mundelein Seminary in Chicago for my formation and training. I was ordained a deacon on August 27, 1999 and a priest on June 3, 2000. My ministry has taken me throughout East Tennessee. I began my ministry at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville then moved on to Johnson City where I worked at St. Mary Parish with additional ministry to spanish speaking migrants and with the students at East Tennessee State Universtity. Some of the most rewarding and difficult ministry assigned to me was serving as our Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry while also serving as Spiritual Director at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, TN. Despite the difficult nature of the job, I continue to experience the blessings of my time among our youth. I am currently serving as the pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, TN. If you are in the area, stop by for a visit!