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Gender MALE
Industry Religion
Occupation Vice President for Mission and Ministry, The University of Scranton
Location Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Introduction My life as a Jesuit Priest, college professor and University Chaplain at the University of Scranton, calls me to preach a full and flexible Catholicism, a religion trumpeting the fact that God loves us (see my books _A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century_ (2008) and _Being on Fire: The Top Ten Essentials of Catholic Faith_ (2014) [both from Orbis books]). The God who is Love calls us to construct a world wherein all can grow Happy and Healthy and Holy and Free. Christians, as followers of Jesus, are all invited and impelled by the Holy Spirit to live a Faith that does Justice. Justice consists in the Righting of Relationships on both personal and societal levels. Jesus wants us to reach out to our sisters and bothers around the globe who suffer in poverty and share the wealth of the world. St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus (i.e., the Jesuits) said it best: "Love is better expressed in deeds rather than in mere words."
Interests God, Prayer, Life, Love, Writing, Teaching, Fishing, Guitar & Saxophone. And again, Fishing: my passion in life. Last time Jesus was here, he appeared to a bunch of guys on a fishing trip. John 21. You can look it up. When I'm fishing, I'm just looking for Jesus and that two foot trout!
Favorite Movies It's A Wonderful Life, Shawshank Redemption, Places in the Heart, Shadowlands, The Mission
Favorite Music All Kinds!
Favorite Books The Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Joyce's Ulysses, Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, John Irving's Cider House Rules and World according to Garp, David Duncan's The Brothers K.

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From "No More Plastic Jesus" to "Christmas in the Trenches," this Jesuit's eclectic collection of Folk & Country sounds a new note worth hearing. He does a decent cover of Springsteen's "Bring'em Home."