Recent Popular Talks
"THE Role of the Family in the New Evangelization" - Presented at Multiple Conferences.
In marriage there is a love so profound that nine months later you can give it a name. The inescapable truth of the complementarity of husband and wife, and the conviction that the family is “the vital cell of society” underpin the Church’s longheld tradition of calling the home “the Domestic Church.” Pulling from Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and Church teaching, this session will review the good news of God’s plan for marriage, family, and the home, and how the Domestic Church is called to be the epicenter of the New Evangelization.
"The Beauty of Asymmetrical Complementarity: A Catechesis on Human Love – Presented at Glory 2015, Birmingham Al.
If we believe that beauty will save the world, then we need to identify and celebrate those sources of beauty that are the closest to the human heart. In our very creation male and female love is imbued with the power to generate life, and model the dynamic inner life of the Trinity. The asymmetrical complementarity of the sexes is an essential component of that which makes human love so efficacious, and is sadly today under the most direct attack. This presentation builds on the theology of Alice Hildebrand, St. John Paul II and a recent excellent work of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, to examine the beauty of the sexes in marriage and what human love is meant to be, an icon of the Trinity a “a work of high religious art”. If beauty will save the world, than we must advance and reclaim the most central expression of beauty in our human lives, the beauty of human love.
“The Glory of God….Creation, Incarnation and Man fully alive” - Presented at Glory 2015, Birmingham Al.
St. Irenaeus expressed that “The Glory of God is man fully alive”. Before we can examine what man “fully alive” is, we have to examine what man was created to be. St. John Paul II’s mission as a priest and professor was to articulate an “authentic Christian anthropology” as the foundation for all other understanding about the human condition, and our ultimate end. Building on St. John Paul II, this presentation provides a biblical exegesis of our creation, purpose and destiny, and provides a consistent vision of the human person as described by the Church fathers through the most recent popes.
“The Role of the Family in the New Evangelization – A Retreat for Catholic Leaders – Presented at Cor Unam 2015, Georgia
The family is the privileged place of evangelization and rightly called the domestic church. Throughout her history, the Church has held up the centrality and dignity of the family and its unique role in society. The woundedness of the family in this fallen world calls for a renewed response to healing the family and forming youth capable of the self-gift required for a holy marriage. In the words of Bl. Pope Paul VI, "May Nazareth serve as a model of what the family should be. May it show us the family’s holy and enduring character and exemplify its basic function in society: a community of love and sharing, beautiful for the problems it poses and the rewards it brings, in sum, the perfect setting for rearing children – and for this there is no substitute."
"A Vision for Youth Evangelization" - NCOD 2015
Pope Francis reminds us that the fundamental Christian message is “the personal love of God who became man, who gave himself up for us, who is living and who offers us his salvation and his friendship.” EG 128. Introducing teens to the ‘friendship’ of Christ and forming them in the faith remain the central tasks of youth evangelization and catechesis and represent an urgent need in the Church. This session will review the principals and best practices for forming life-long disciples.
"Restoring the Order: The Pastoral Wisdom of the Ancient Catechumenate" - Catechist Congress, Denver 2014
For nearly two millennia the Church has celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist – as the “foundation of every Christian life” (CCC 1212). The pastoral aspects of preparing, celebrating and living these “treasures of divine life” are key to building strong foundations which provides the grace needed to live our vocation as Christ’s disciples “a vocation to holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world” (CCC 1533). After implementing the restored order in 2005, the Diocese of Phoenix has experienced the challenges, blessings and the many fruits that come from following the pastoral wisdom of the restored order of the Sacraments of Initiation.
RECENT Academic Talks
"Theological Approaches of the East and West: Breathing from Both Lungs" - University of Mary Tempe, AZ 2015 (AUDIO)
"The Bratstva: Religous Guilds Producing and Preserving the Tradition of Orthodoxy" ACRMS Annual Conference, PhoEnix, AZ 2015
"THE UNION OF CREATION AND CULTIVATION: A FRAMEWORK FOR POPE FRANCIS' HUMAN ECOLOGY" - THEOLOGICAL STUDIES COLLOQUIUM TEMPE, AZ 2014 (Audio)
"THE VALUE PROPOSITION OF CATHOLIC STUDIES TO A SECULAR UNIVERSITY" -CATHOLIC STUDIES CONFERENCE, BISMARCK, ND 2014
THE CATHOLIC CONTRIBUTION TO ACADEMIA, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, TEMPE, AZ 2014