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|Comment||Superb! What more can I say. Father, not only protestants are attacking us here. Actually I felt bad because my uncle converted into a Muslim. There are also 2 religions that were founded here that actively attacks the Catholic and they really love to debate. They literally told the priests, bishops and popes that they will be jailed in hell when they die. These two religions are even mortal enemies. I wonder how they can survive with too much hatred to what other's believe. Anyhow, thank you for your email. I wish I could thank you personally but we're very far from each other. I was a member of the Columbian Squire during my teen years, and also was a sacristan. I became a member of the Knights of Columbus, council 4091, and also a member of a local organization mostly for the poor. The "Holy name of Jesus." To be honest with you, I had lost faith in HIM for more than a decade, and now I am bringing my faith back, and now I am even stronger to love GOD, to value Christianity, and to believe Catholicism. Thank you again Father. P.S. I'm sorry for English. This is just our 2nd language.|
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I am a Catholic priest in good standing and in active ministry in the Diocese of Scranton PA. I can answer most any question about the Catholic Faith, however my area of specialization is Systematic Theology. Systematic Theology is a branch of theology that focuses on the fundamental tenants of the Faith and the Dogmas of the Faith. I have specialization on the Reformation and Catholic vs. Protestant theology/issues and answering Protestant challenges to the Faith.
I was ordained in June of 2008. Since that time the thrust of my ministry has been specialized. In my first assignment I was an assistant pastor. A year later I was sent to work in education. I spent six (6) years in education and have now assumed my first pastorate.
While education was the thrust of my ministry, nevertheless I continued to have a hand in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy and prison chaplaincy. Now that I am out of education I will obviously be focusing more on parish work than specialized ministry.
I have two years of formal Clinical Pastoral Education and prior to ordination I successfully pursued Board Certification for health care ministry through the NACC. My certification needs to be renewed and I plan to seek dual certification in health care ministry (NACC and APC) when I renew my certification.
I have a breadth of experience working with Protestant ministers and collaborating with them to achieve the goals of hospital pastoral care and chaplaincy. These ministers run the spectrum from the liberal to the conservative.
Bachelors of Science-- University of Scranton PA Masters of Arts Theology--- Saint Mary's Seminary and University Baltimore MD Masters of Divinity--- Saint Charles Borremeo Seminary Philadelphia PA Board Certified Chaplain (up for renewal)