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What is most rewarding about being a priest? Helping people, celebrating the Eucharist, hearing confessions, just being present to people who need your help and support and strength. A priest is really a source of strength for people going through difficult times.
It gives you great satisfaction to know you are helping people in their time of need.
I’m also glad to have had the opportunity for diversity in my ministry. My background was elementary school principal. I got my master’s in elementary education administration from the University of Iowa in 1981. I was principal in Burlington and in DeWitt and at Holy Family in Davenport. I also was a chaplain at Trinity Hospitals in Moline, Ill., from 1991-94. It’s important for priests to have variety in ministry and service. That’s what has kept my priesthood exciting and challenging.
What is your favorite Scripture passage? 2 Timothy 4:7-8. “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but all who have longed for his appearance.”
What is your hobby? I like to read, go to movies and travel.