What brought you to Clarke?
Archbishop Michael Jackels assigned me here.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Making faith relevant to people who are in a particularly liminal time of life in terms of deciding what role it will play.
What was the craziest thing you’ve witnessed at Clarke?
A college student attended class in pajama pants, a t-shirt and slippers when there was a blizzard outside. I was a Loras student who had walked over because the streets were too slippery to drive.
What is your favorite time of the year?
Late spring/early summer.
What are your favorite things to do in Dubuque?
Visit Eagle Point Park and watch barges go through the lock. Ride on the bike trail north of town to Dyersville and back. Walk down Grandview St. Watch the Dubuque colts drum and bugle corps perform at Music on the March. Visit the Cathedral of St. Raphael where I was ordained. Watch the July 4 fireworks with the patriotic music of Kat FM in the background. Go watch a movie at Mindframe Theater because the popcorn is the best. Go to the shops on Bluff St. with my best friend. Get Fincel’s sweet corn and a cantaloupe and immediately say to anyone who will listen “Did you know that in the Catholic Church you can get married but you can’t elope? Get it (hold up the cantelope) can’t elope. (Pause for groan)
If you were going to live on a deserted island and you could only bring three things, what would you bring?
My prayer book, the Harry Potter series and my camper.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A black lab because they’re loyal, loving, lazy and beloved by all.