Welcome to my blog! I hope to use it to chronicle the experience of writing my dissertation for my EdD. My program is part of the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco. Before I am anything else, I am a husband (to Hope) and father (to Harper). We moved to the San Francisco bay area in August 2012 after living in Chicago for 15 years.
I’ve been in Jesuit education in one way or another for 20 years (since my first day as a freshman at Loyola High School in Los Angeles – Go cubs!). I went from Loyola High to Loyola University Chicago where I double majored in theology and English and completed my M.A. in theology.
I taught theology at Loyola High in L.A. for one year (and Hope and I got married!) before returning to Chicago to teach theology at Saint Ignatius College Prep (SICP). In Chicago I also taught in various adult faith formation programs at our amazing Parish (St. Clement) and across the Archdiocese, including as an adjunct professor at St. Mary of Lake University/Mundelein Seminary in their Lay Ecclesial Ministry program and adjunct professor in the Department of Catholic Studies at DePaul University.
After 8 years at SICP I moved into the position of Director of the Office for Peace and Justice for the Archdiocese of Chicago. There I represented the Archbishop of Chicago on all matters related to Catholic social teaching and supervised a team of program directors and other staff overseeing Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Justice Education, Faithful Citizenship, and Parish Sharing. The complexity and challenge of this position was amazing; it challenged me every day and I loved it.
When Hope informed me she had been offered an incredible, can’t-turn-down position at Stanford University Hospitals on the breast medical oncology team, I knew we would be moving back to California. Off we went and I went back into the classroom teaching theology at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory (SI) in San Francisco. I also began the doctoral program in ICEL at USF. Hence the blog!
I hope this blog can be more than just a way for me to keep track of my research and dissertating, but also a way to communicate, ask questions, and foster conversations about Catholic educational leadership, the present and future of Catholic schools, and any ol’ thing we decide to talk about. So please feel free to comment and initiate . . . let me know that you are reading and what you are thinking!