The oldest of six, I was born in Owensboro, KY “the barbeque capital of the world.” Our family was very religious with nightly Rosary, altar boy brother, and other church activities. As a child I worked, played outdoors with my Dad and I loved every tree, bush, and blade of grass. I learned the constellations and names of birds from him. All of us went to school at old St. Stephen and to Owensboro Catholic High where we were taught by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The Western Kentucky culture of fun, food, family, and friendliness to everyone has greatly influenced my life.
My religious life has been gifted with many opportunities for education to further my ministry. This has included teaching on every level and Adult Leadership Training both in the states and in Belize, Central America where I am currently involved in Lay Ministry Program Leadership and Theology. Social Justice has always been a constituent element of my ministry.
I am most excited about seeing the laity grow in knowledge and confidence in taking their rightful place in the church and in improving society. It fills me with enthusiasm to see college students start to look out at the world with a sense of mission. This vision focuses and transforms their lives. To see these students become motivated and committed gives me energy and joy.
Some beautiful moments in my life have been –-when I spoke my first sentence in Spanish and everyone clapped; when I was selected teacher of the year by my students; when my students become my colleagues; when the people in the villages teach me or tell me the story of their families including their struggles and hardships.
My continuing goal and challenge is to continue to learn about the diversity of cultures around me and to enter into the struggles of the people in Belize!