I am delighted to join the IPS faculty as research faculty for IPS and Project INSPIRE. A Paulist priest originally from Southern California, I was recently adjunct lecturer in theology and ministry at the Franciscan School of Theology and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. I have spent several years facilitating cultural orientation for international priests beginning ministry in the United States for the dioceses of Northern California. My Ph.D. is in interdisciplinary studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where I wrote about “shared parishes,” Catholic parishes where two or more cultural groups retain distinct masses and ministries but share the parish facilities.
My primary areas of research interest are parish and congregational studies, practical ecclesiology, immigration, and intercultural ministry training.
In 2001, I co-founded and then served as editor for the website for young adults, BustedHalo.com. This was after my book Losing Your Religion, Finding Your Faith: Spirituality for Young Adults was published in 1998. I loved being a parish priest in New York City in the late 90s, where I served a multicultural Latino/a community.