I was born Boston. When I was 5 years old, due to my father’s change of jobs, my family relocated to Franklin Square, Long Island, NY
Upon graduation from high school I enrolled in St. Bonaventure University in Upstate New York. I graduated with a degree in Psychology, and entered the US Army four months later, where I served for 3 ½ years.
After my separation from the Army as a 1st Lieutenant, I secured a job as a Probation Officer in Nassau County, Long Island, NY. During this period I was also a member of the New York State Army National Guard and was promoted to Captain and subsequently achieved the rank of Major. After almost 40 years with the Nassau County Probation Department I retired in 2008.
I applied to the diaconate and was accepted to enter formation at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1985 and ordained as deacon on June 2, 1990.
Before my ordination one of the ministries I assumed was as a catechist for the 2nd graders who were preparing for First Eucharist, and was also involved in adult formation in RCIA, Pre-Cana and Bible study, as well as other adult formation programs. Over the next 30 years I have continued being a catechist with children in all grades from 2 through 8 as well as continuing with adult catechesis.
My wife Susan and I relocated to Greenville in June of 2016. We knew of Fr. Longenecker and Our Lady of the Rosary from some very close friends who beat us here by over 9 years. They had encouraged us to take a look at the Greenville area and OLR. While on vacation in the summer of 2015 to Greenville we knew that this was the place where we wanted to settle in retirement.
Upon moving to Greenville with the approval of Fr. Longenecker, I applied to Bishop Guglielmone to serve as deacon at OLR. I was formerly assigned on August 15, 2016.
My first love has always been working with the young and instructing them in the Faith. I have found that when instructing children in the Faith they are receptive to the Truth. The teachers at OLR are doing a fantastic job educating the Catholic young of the parish in the Faith.
When Fr. Longenecker approached me about teaching Religious Education in both the 8th grade in OLR School and the Religious Education program, I jumped at the chance!!!