STICKS & STONES / FLESH & BLOOD

Liturgical images and movements that speak to experience

About the Author


I received my Masters of Divinity in 1999 from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester NY.  While working as Liturgy Coordinator for St. Patrick’s Church in Macedon NY, I was a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester for two terms, serving on its Standing Committees on the Eucharist and on Art & Environment.  I also worked as a freelance Liturgical Artist, Environment Coordinator and Ritual Consultant for a number of Diocesan Conventions for the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, as well as for a regional convention of the National Pastoral Musicians Association, a national conference of Catholic Charities USA and a national conference of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries. Before relocating to Denver, I became certified as a Christian Minister by the Federation of Christian Ministries and worked for 7 years as a Staff Chaplain at St. John’s Home in Rochester NY; I also served for
12 years as Chaplain and Liturgical Advisor to Dignity-Integrity/Rochester. 

In August 2011, I graduated from a year-long chaplain residency at the University of Colorado Hospital, completing 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).  After collaborating in the production of The Kingfisher Foundation's musical bereavement CD, Suddenly Through, I was subsequently hired full-time as a Spiritual Counselor with their affiliate, Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care, serving the Front Range of Colorado. 

I continue my music ministry as a freelance performer under business name, Spirit Songs, and use these special talents when presiding at weddings and funerals. My work as a fine artist is displayed in various regional shows and exhibits.

Individuals within these communities of care recognized the priest in me.  Upon my departure from Rochester, Dignity-Integrity presented me with a stole as a token of affirmation and appreciation.  My sisters and brothers of Pax Christi ECC Church in Denver CO also heard that calling.  Finding a spiritual home in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) and believing that it was time to take up the mantle and live in the fullness it signifies, I was ordained in 2012 to the Catholic Diaconate on September 28th and the Catholic Priesthood on the Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels, September 29th.  After serving Pax Christi as Associate Pastor I assumed the duties of Pastor in March of 2015; I serve the larger Communion as the Presiding Bishop's local Vicar, a member of the Rocky Mountain Regional Council, and co-editor of their regional newsletter, The Journey Shared.