Born in Germany in 1948, I was six years old when my parents immigrated to Canada. The family moved around quite a bit, starting from London, Ontario to Malakwa, British Columbia, back to Landau, Germany, and then finally settling back to Canada in London, Ontario.
There I graduated from Catholic Central High School, and then received my diploma in Electronic Data Processing from Fanshawe College. This launched my forty year career in Information Technology as I progressed through the senior management ranks responsible for strategic and operational planning, finance, and project management. I have had the opportunity to work in a university, with a luggage manufacturer, an auto parts manufacturer and an Ontario Government Ministry. The jobs allowed me to live in a number of communities; first in London, then in Stratford, Chatham, Kingston and finally in Fenwick.
While in Chatham I fell in love with Jan, we married and were blessed with two daughters. They now have their own families and have continued to bless us with four grandchildren.
Since moving to the Niagara Region, Jan and I have been parishioners at St. Ann’s in Fenwick, St. Alexander in Fonthill, and now St. Thomas More in Niagara Falls. We now live in Niagara Falls.
After completing the four years of Diaconate formation and training in the Diocese of St. Catharines, I was awarded the Certificate in Pastoral Studies from the Institute of Theological and Pastoral Studies at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, New York.
On June 7, 2014 it was my joy to be ordained by Bishop Gerard Bergie to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of St. Catharines. At the same time I was delighted to be assigned to St. Thomas More Parish as my liturgical base, and to the Niagara Detention Centre as my ministry.
As of June 1, 2017, Bishop Bergie announced that, I would assume the role of Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of St. Catharines.