I was born in Lynwood (Southern California) in 1959. I have two sisters and a brother. When I was two, my dad’s job with the irrigation district took us to Placerville for about six years. His job then took us to Paradise, CA, in 1969. I grew up there, and my parents still live there.
I attended St. Thomas More grade school, Paradise High School (1974-78), Butte Junior College (1979-80), Sacramento State University (1980-83) where I majored in Marketing.
I played golf throughout that time, and, after graduation, worked as a golf pro at two different courses in Penn Valley and Oroville, CA. After four years I decided to become a teacher an returned to Chico State in 1986. I taught business courses at St. Francis High School in Sacramento from 1989-1993.
I entered seminary in 1993, spending six years in formation, mostly at the Josephinum in Columbus, OH. I was ordained in 1999, and have ministered in five different parishes in the Sacramento Diocese since then. I also served two years as Vocation Director.
I still enjoy playing golf on my day off, and I began taking piano lessons a year and a half ago. My mornings begin with coffee, prayer and piano. For exercise I love riding my bike on the American River Bike trail, which is very close to my parish. I also stay close to my parents and siblings, visiting them as often as I can.