Upon completing my grade school years at St. Mary's of the Snow, in 1957, I attended and graduated from Union Rural High School in 1961, and finished my hitch with Uncle Sam, in the U.S. Naval Reserve active duty, returned from active duty in the spring of 1965. I met the beautiful woman, which I fell head over heels with, Rebecca Mariam eilenfeld, in Mansfield, Ohio, at St. Peter's. We got married in June 18, 1966, at St. Peter's in Mansfield Ohio and we were blessed with our daughter Mary Elizabeth, born, June 25, 1967.
After a prayerful discernment, I entered the Permanent Deacon class of 1974-1976, for the Toledo Diocese. And in January 1976, the staff told me that I would not be ordained in June because I would not be old enough. In November, I would be 35 years old. In 1980, I was transferred to Sulphur Springs, TX and we attended St. James Catholic Church. In 1984, I applied to the Permanant Diaconate, and they were looking to form a Spanish class, and so I was denied. In that same year our first Grandson, Darrell was born June 23, 1984, and our Granddaughter was born December 21, 1990.
On November 1, 2000, All Saints Day, my wife, lover, best friend, mother of our daughter, passed away after an extended illness. On August 18, 2002, I applied to, and was accepted to enter the seminary, at Hales Corners, Milwaukee, Wi. At the end of 2003 I was informed that I would not return for studies in January 2004. So the Bishop Alvaro Carrada del Rio, third Bishop of Tyler Diocese, sent me to Sacred Heart, in Texarkana, TX to attend the Community College there, and upon graduating December 2005, sent me to Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT. in 2006. After attending classes and told at the end of the school term in December, I was pulling the grade point average down, and could not become a priest at this rate, so the Bishop had me return to Sacred Heart Texarkana, TX and attend the Permanant Diaconate class meeting in Longview until the Bishop ordained the 39 men to the Order of Deacon the following December 2007.
I was able to return to St. Mary's of the Snow in Mansfield, Ohio where I joined with my Mom and family, was ordained to the Diaconate January 12, 2008 and ordained to the Order of Priesthood on December 27, 2008.
My first assignment was at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Tyler, with Msgr Joseph Strickland as the rector. On June 11, 2011, was re-assigned to St. Mary of the Cenacle in New Boston, TX as the pastor.
Our Grandson has a son, Asher Ray, born April 19, 2013, and our Granddaughter has a daughter Danielle, March 21, 2014.
After prayerful discerning and accepting a move by the Most Reverend Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, I am now in my new assignment of Holy Spirit, in Holly Lake Ranch, as of August 1, 2014
I am a cradle Catholic born in 1946 in Elyria, Ohio. After completing 12 years of Parochial school I attended both Lorain County Community College and California Western University majoring in Communication and Business.
I then went on to serve 4 years active duty in the U. S. Navy as a Radioman and received an honorable discharge.
God's greatest gift in my life is my wife, Nancy. We were married on October 14. 1972. We have two grown children Anthony age 31 and Angela age 28.
My business career in Corporate Operations for a major rental car company became a springboard into developing my own company in 1984. Fleet Assistance, Inc. located in Dallas, TX. from which I retired in the year 2000.
It was during those years that I received my call to the Diaconate. After 5 years of formation in the Dallas Diocese, I was ordained as a Permanent Deacon on January 18, 1997. Immediately after ordination I was incarnated into the Tyler Diocese, since we had relocated that year to Winnsboro, TX.
My first assignment as a Permanent Deacon was at Sacred Heart Parish in Mount Vernon, TX. A year later the need for a Catholic Chaplain arose at The Johnston Substance Abuse Prison in Winnsboro. I served there for the next year.
In February of 1999, the community of Holy Spirit was formed under the direction of Fr. Ben Smylie. Knowing Fr. Ben from his time at St. Rita's in Dallas, where Nancy & I attended, I approached him through the direction of then Bishop Carmody and inquired about serving this newly formed community.
The past 15 years at Holy Spirit have truly been a blessing to Nancy & me. We consider it home and its members, family. God willing, we'll help serve the spiritual needs of this community for many years to come.