How we know you: I’ve been a priest of the diocese for nearly 14 years, and I’ve had a number of assignments, from Peoria to Clinton to Bloomington to Odell to my current post of pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, Metamora, and St. Elizabeth, Washburn.
Why I love reading: As many people know about me, I have a form of dyslexia. Throughout my school years, I worked hard at remedial classes, partially to prove wrong those people who thought I wouldn’t do well. Because reading was so difficult at first, I have a great love for learning and reading and finding out about so many things.
My favorite book: I primarily like reading theology, and I especially enjoy Father Robert Barron’s writing style and his analogies. Probably my favorite book of Barron’s is The Priority of Christ: A Postliberal Catholicism. Another classic I really love is Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Life of Christ.
What I’m reading now: Right now I’m reading two books. One is what I call a “popcorn book,” an easy read with a short reflection for each day: Spirituality You Can Live With: Stronger Faith in 30 Days by Chris Padgett. I’m also reading Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week.