Originally from the Seattle area and with nearly a decade of ministry experience there, I currently teach theology and religious studies for a pontifical seminary and various U.S. and U.K. study-abroad programs in Rome, specializing in ecclesiology, ecumenism, comparative religion and interreligious dialogue, and the Church of Rome.
I moved to Rome in 2009 as a Russell Berrie Fellow in Interreligious Studies. After two years of full time study, I was asked to staff the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue and direct the Fellows and visiting faculty in Rome. While in that role I started my doctorate and began teaching, both in 2013. In the last seven years I have taught an average of four courses a semester at three different institutions, while slowly plugging away at the dissertation I meant to finish back in 2016. My record is nine courses, at four institutions, in one semester. I do not advise it.
In addition to teaching, and three years at the John Paul II Center, I have also worked on staff at The Catholic University of America Rome Program and the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, been a translator, and occasional academic guide in Rome for visiting university faculty, graduate students, and undergrad programs.
I have been a Fellow of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue (Vienna), the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas (Rome), and a visiting scholar or researcher at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute (Jerusalem), the Shalom Hartman Institute (Jerusalem), the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff University (Wales), and Aristotle University in Thessaloniki (Greece).
I am currently on the board of directors for the Boy Scouts of America Transatlantic Council, and previously on both the board of directors of the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, and the pastoral council of Caravita Catholic Community in Rome.
[This blog, formerly named “Pro Unione”, does not represent the Centro Pro Unione in Rome, though naturally i am a fan. I actually picked the name of the blog before moving to Rome and encountering the center, but for the same reasons.]