I am a friend, lover, disciple and missionary of Jesus!
This is where the journey began and continues…..
By the grace of God I encountered Jesus with my first passport stamp ever. Yes, God has a sense of humor and he is good, good Father. It was in the midst of the foreign land of Piura, Peru that I came to know the person of Jesus Christ.
I arrived in Piura deeply wounded by adultery, betrayal, deceit, loss of a home, loss of finances, a career, divorce, and a family. I was running from myself and my life. I had no idea who I was anymore, but I found the pearl of the great price among the poor and people of Pirua and in the love and hospitality of Fr. Joseph Uhen and his staff. I continued to return over the years, always receiving an invitation to more of God.
Since that first trip, I’ve had the most incredible journey. So much has happened; healing, forgiveness, redemption, interior freedom, education and formation. Growing in identity of who I am as a Child of God and in a relationship with the person of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father all for the mission of His kingdom.
And so it was after my second trip that I told God, yes. I’ll get out of the boat and follow no matter where you take me, I’ll go and it’s been an adventure for sure!
I became increasingly hungry and thirsty for more of God. I’ve come to learn God can never be out done in generosity. His very heart and desire is to give us more of Him. It’s who God is…
In May 2018, I graduated from University of St. Mary of the Lake just outside Chicago and received a Masters in Pastoral Studies degree. Therefore, I was away from Pirua for four years. In 2018 I was in Piura for two and a half months and then in 2019, for all of June, July, and August. I always go with great anticipation to a home coming. The place of my very first encounter and countless encounters since then. It’s crazy to think in the last 14 months I’ve spent almost six months living in Piura and I still don’t know much Spanish after 7 trips to Peru.
You can follow me here as my adventure with Jesus and mission continues. I hope to write as often as I can or when the Holy Spirit moves me to do so. Check back frequently to see how God’s moving.
Currently I am back in Illinois and working as Director of Evangelization & Youth Formation in a parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, waiting on the Lord to call me back.