A spiritual father takes his spiritual sons into the desert.
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grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska as one of a triplet, and his triplet brother is also a CFR priest. He attended Saint Gregory the Great Seminary for his undergrad in philosophy. He entered the Friars in 2007 and spent many joyful years serving the homeless and drug addicts at Saint Anthony’s Shelter in the Bronx. He made his final vows in 2012. He went on to Saint Joseph Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 2016. His master’s thesis work in seminary was in Christological anthropology. He completed the Institute of Priestly Formation (IPF) three-year Priest Spiritual Direction Program, where he encountered in a new and deeper way the gift of prayer and the blessing of his identity as a son of the Father. After starting and serving at the missionary program for young men discerning priesthood and religious life in the Bronx, he now serves as the Postulant Director for the CFRs, accompanying the young brothers in early formation as they learn how to pray, live in fraternity, and love and serve the poor. One of his greatest joys is to bless people in their identity as sons and daughters of the Father.
Men do not go into the desert alone. Likewise, Lent is not a solo journey.
Of course Born of Fire can be read on your own, but there is a brotherhood to be shared among these pages and journeys.
Consider asking one person to do it with you, even just to text about your takeaways. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in this invitation.