I was born, baptized and raised in St. Christopher Parish in Houston. I attended the parish school, received my first communion and was confirmed there. In 1977 I was ordained a priest for the then Diocese of Galveston-Houston at St. Christopher, and my first priestly assignment was at St. Frances Cabrini, Houston. While I was stationed there I used to occasionally come over to inspect the buildings of St. Luke Parish which were under construction, never imagining that one day I might be pastor.
After two years as assistant at St. Francis de Sales, Houston I served as pastor of Queen of Peace Parish, La Marque and then St. Joseph Parish, Baytown. In 1988 I received leave from the bishop and spent the next 22 years as a Registered Nurse caring for patients at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. I returned to parish ministry as parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish, Houston and, in 2014, was assigned as pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist, Houston.
I am survived by my sister (I know that terminology is usually used in obituaries, not biographies, but they will tell you that sometimes I am not easy to live with.) Regardless, Jesus loves me and is constantly challenging me to love Him back with ever greater fervor. Fortunately, I am the sort of person who likes a challenge.