The Church Pushes Back

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of challenges and controversy.” -Martin Luther King My soon to be released memoir, A Saint and a Sinner, is sure to be a lightning rod for controversy. Anytime, you take on an institution asContinue reading “The Church Pushes Back”

Our Dream Interviewer for A Saint and a Sinner. . . Howard Stern

“Awakening is not changing who you are but discarding who you are not.” Deepak Chopra Howard Stern, radio personality extraordinaire, is arguably the poster child for personal transformation. He’s morphed into an enlightened and evolved man. For decades, The King of all Media fed his soul, and his insatiable need for ratings, with sophomoric andContinue reading “Our Dream Interviewer for A Saint and a Sinner. . . Howard Stern”

The Mystique of the Roman Collar

“My life was a mystery even as I lived it.” – Melissa Gilbert There’s a certain mystique about a priest’s uniform; black slacks, black shirt, and Roman collar that evokes different responses from different people—sometimes reverence, other times disdain. Being perceived as a pillar of the community can be a heady experience for a newContinue reading “The Mystique of the Roman Collar”


“Crisis is the earthquake that rattles the foundation of your life. Crisis forces you to look inward. You must believe there is a better tomorrow for you. That requires faith. And faith demands the expectation of something even though there is no tangible evidence it exists or will ever come your way.” Deborah norville, authorContinue reading “Crisis”

Long Island in the 1960s

“Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.” doug larson At the beginning of the 1960s, Long Island potato fields gave way to suburban neighborhoods. Rows of cookie-cutter ranch and split-level homes, with front lawns and backyards, lined the newly paved streets. The white middle class, looking for greenerContinue reading “Long Island in the 1960s”

The Scandal That Rocked the Catholic Church

“There are no secrets that time does not reveal.”jean racine The Catholic Church has always been very protective of its image. Still, nothing could contain the catastrophic mudslide of sexual abuse allegations against priests in the Archdiocese of Boston, uncovered by tenacious reporters from the Boston Globe. It was like peeking behind the curtain onlyContinue reading “The Scandal That Rocked the Catholic Church”

When I was Finally Clean and Sober

“Sometimes you can only find heaven when you slowly back away from hell.” –Carrie Fisher from her 2008 memoir ‘Wishful Thinking’ When I was finally clean and sober, Father Tom Gallagher gifted me with a contemporary Christian painting by Thomas Blackshear titled, “Forgiven.” It depicts Jesus Christ holding up a broken man and the words,Continue reading “When I was Finally Clean and Sober”

My First Holy Communion 1963

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 I opened my eyes on May 25, 1963, and caught a glimpse of my navy-blue suit hanging on the doorknob of my closet, and I jumped off the top bunk of my bed, trying not toContinue reading “My First Holy Communion 1963”


“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama A Word from the Co-Author Father Stephen, during his seven years at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington, New York exposed his humanity to so many people in a way rarely seen in the Catholic Church, especially since the sex abuseContinue reading “Compassion”

My Story is Your Story

Healing always involves facing truths we’d rather not face…and accepting responsibility we’d rather not accept. dr. david hawkins Chronicling my journey this past year and a half has been nothing short of a trip down memory lane!  And while that may seem an unusual way to look at it, recalling the many highs and lowsContinue reading “My Story is Your Story”