I have been pastor of St. Patrick parish since December 2012 and am familiar with Council Bluffs as it was my original assignment when I became a priest in June 2004. Since then I’ve spent one year in Mexico learning Spanish and did Hispanic ministry in Des Moines and Osceola for four years. Originally from the German Catholic immigrant colonies of Shelby County, I attended high school in Harlan and later graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. I enjoy music and incorporate it into the mass. Ultimately in my last years of college life and a few years later I felt God gently tugging on my heart to become a priest. So I entered Mundelein Seminary in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago and was ordained by Bishop Joseph Charron. Priesthood is a unique gift which has helped me see how God is truly working in people’s lives; and the Lord has give me the privilege of being part of that journey for others. Activities I particularly enjoy are teaching the Catholic faith, spiritual reading, and celebrating the sacraments.