When did you first feel called to religious life? Do you remember a specific place? A person?
I could go into any amount of detail about this story! Let’s just say, when my brother got married in September 2019, my curiosity about religious life was at a point where I could no longer ignore it. As luck would have it, Fr. Jim Flynn, OSA was concelebrating the marriage. He let me talk his ear off for the entire rehearsal dinner, and that afforded me the opportunity to straighten out a lot of swirling thoughts. He got me in touch with Fr. Joe Narog, and the rest is a story for another time!
What's something fun / something you enjoy about living in community?
You don’t have to be a part of a given moment in community to delight in it. For instance, imagine you’re at a packed dinner table and you see someone dear to you throw back his head and laugh at something someone else dear to you said. You cherish that sort of thing even if you’re on the other side of the room.
What is the best kept secret / most underrated aspect of the Tradition and Spirituality of Augustine?
I’ll be honest, I tried answering this question a couple times, but everything wound up as mush. The truth is, I’m still too green to have uncovered the richness of our tradition and spirituality! It’s a good reminder of how much growing I need to do.
Do you have a hobby / passion that you enjoy spending time on?
We’re lucky to have a gorgeous kitchen at the friary where I live, so I’ve indulged my long-held curiosity about cooking. For me, the measure of a good cook is whether they can open a fridge of random odds and ends and start improvising. So, that’s what I’ve been working on. Side note, did you know you can add just about anything to an omelet?