A Few Words About Me

I have spent most of my life helping people overcome the illusion of separation…from their true selves, others, the universe and the reality we call “God”.  This illusion of separation is created first in the adverse experiences of childhood that create negative messages and core beliefs that are internalized early and last for years. All of my ministry as a priest, my workshops and retreats, my music and poetry are ultimately focused on healing these separation experiences and eliminating this illusion. 

 

St. Theresa of Avila expressed this reality in her writings:

 

"Each human person, having come into being, experiences separation from the source of being and spends the rest of his or her life moving towards union with the source, or trying to fill the desire for union with some lesser thing".  

 

My original "separation from the source" happend in my childhood with the abandonment by my mother and the death of my father.  I began my journey of trying to heal this sense of separation and fill this desire for union when I was 13 years old.  I discovered alcohol as the first of many "lesser things" that served as temporary solutions to my emotional turmoil.  In 1970, as the result of a miracle in my life, I was led to Alcoholics Anonymous and haven't had a drink in 50 years!  I continued that journey to the present day through many therapies, AA, healing prayer and effective techniques of self-healing, growth and inner transformation.  I never experience this sense of separation anymore.  When the emotions linked to my past knock on the door of my heart I now have simple ways of clearing the air.  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the reality I call “God” and to many loving people for this state of being.

I was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1963.  After serving in parish ministry for 17 years I moved to leading healing retreats and workshops.  From 1992 until 1999 I served as the Spirituality Director of the Meadows, an addictions and mental health treatment center in Wickenburg, AZ.   I now live happily in Palm Desert, California.  I am Chaplain at Xavier College Prep High School.  Recently I created a support program for young people called the ICU Project.  I'm also a Visiting Priest at Christ of the Desert Chapel.