Deacon and Parish Business Manager
Born and raised in Council Bluffs (4th generation), I am a graduate of Creighton Prep and Creighton University with a BSBA and MBA in accounting and am a Certified Public Accountant. Married to Susan Ternus of Omaha in 1966, we are the parents of seven children (six living), fifteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Twenty-five years in banking as CFO, for the last thirteen years, I’ve been self-employed as a part-time business and tax accountant. Baptized as a member of St. Patrick’s Church and member for the last forty-eight years, I served on the Parish Council and as a Lector, Eucharist Minister, and organist.
Ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2006, I’ve served St. Patrick’s as a Deacon, and for the last seven years, I’ve served as the Parish Business Manager. I was a prior member and Chair of the Diocesan Deacon Council, and Sue and I have served as members of the Deacon Formation team for the Diocese for the last six years.
Currently, I am the on-call chaplain for Mercy Hospital and also serve on the Board of Hospice of Southwest Iowa and All Care Health Center in Council Bluffs.