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Biography.

Personal background Information:


I was born in Bath, Maine, on June 29, 1955. One to two weeks after I was born, we moved to Wakefield, Massachusetts in Northern Massachusetts where we lived for a couple years.

 

Mom and Dad.We then moved to Sudbury, Massachusetts, where I spent the rest of my childhood. I did very well in High School receiving 13 out of a possible 16 honor rolls. (An honor roll being a B- or better in all course work.)

 

When I was at Lincoln-Sudbury High School, Sudbury, Massachusetts. Thanks to Gary Armington's post from the LSRHS Class pictures of 1974/75

Because my parents were unexpectedly impressed with my performance, we thought attending a academically challenging higher level of education was best for me and I ended up attending St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York. It turned out to be too overwhelming for me so after two years, I came home . . . still being undecided career-wise.

 

I took the next year off during which I took interest and aptitude tests. In the fall of 1977, I attended Framingham State College, (now Framingham State University) in Massachusetts, and after four and a half years, I graduated in the Summer of 1982 with a B.S. in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. (At this point in my life, this was an major accomplishment for me due to health issues that had to be addressed.)

 

My High School Graduation PictureAfter college, I moved out of the house — Cheap rent. I stole my younger brother's apartment and lived in Framingham for about four years. Afterwards, I moved to Natick, where I currently live.

 

I've been here for about fifteen years and come from a family of three boys. I'm the middle one.

    Mark, my younger brother: the ugly one, is four years younger. He lives in Dudley, Mass. with a wonderful wife and four kids.

    • Steve, my other brother, is four years older and also married. He and his wife live in Franklin, Mass.

 

 

 

 

My Spiritual Journey:

 

I was baptized a Catholic though my interest in the faith really didn't catch on fire until later. Any knowledge or catechesis from CCD classes I attended was either poor or forgotten.

 

How did I get interested in faith issues?

 

During my post-High School graduation years at St. Bonaventure and Framingham State I had a few illnesses (three times, close together) that I struggled with for a while. It's amazing how a little illness or suffering in ones life can change a person. In my case, it was for the better.

 

St. Benedict's Abbey in Still River, Massachusetts

Much of the Catholic faith I learned came initially from acquaintances my brother Mark introduced me to: Third order Benedictines or Oblates as well as the priests and monks at St. Benedict's Abbey in Still River, Massachusetts. Yes, this is the Fr. Feeney place. Over time I learned to respect the doctrine Fr. Leonard fought so hard to defend but at the same time keep the balance in following the Church's correct interpretation of that important doctrine in accord with the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation. (CCC 846 - 848)

Many are unaware that:

    • Father Leonard was excommunicated for reasons of discipline, not doctrine, and that
    • he was reconciled with the Church before his death.

Soon after, I learn about a discipline or practice that has not been talked about from the pulpit for numerous centuries, namely Catholic Apologetics. I started listening to apologetic tapes by Scott Hahn and other Catholic apologists who were faithful to the Church.

 

I really thought the field of Catholic Apologetics filled an important need:

 

    • within the Church as a whole
    • at the parish level and
    • at the work place, when proper.

Although I may have thought about the priesthood at one time, when I learned about the purpose and goal of apologetics, I really felt this was where the Lord was calling me.

 

As time went on I ran into friends with a similar interests. Some of my friends were living closer to Boston and some were out in the Worcester area. For those unfamiliar with the geography of Massachusetts, Natick is located about in between Boston and Worcester. I thought it was a shame that faithful, knowledgable Catholic's who are:

    • striving to live a holy life, and
    • striving to obey to the teachings of the Magisterium among other uncatechized or dissenting Catholics within their parish, didn't know each other.

David Thorpe RIP, Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Boston

That's when the idea for a Catholic support group came into play. By that time, I had already been involved in a Catholic apologetics project with David Thorpe RIP, Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Boston. It's goal was to bring the discipline or practice of Catholic apologetics to the Archdiocese of Boston, ultimately down to the parish level. We had a couple of ideas that we wanted to implement but ultimately neither came to be a reality and our plans died in the Archdiocese. If you are interested in some of the documentation we completely, check out my Face book time line page: Dateline September 1992.

 

Nevertheless, I wanted to carry on this apostolic ministry and need the Church had. The question then was what type of name do you choose for an organization whose focus is:

 

    • social
    • theological, and
    • involves apologetics.

There were about five different names that I considered for our apologetics group. Two of them were:

 

    • the OOVD, the Orthodox Order of Vatican Delegates
    • the SPM, the Society of Papal Marian's

but ultimately we ended up with the Christifideles Pizza and Theology Society, or CPATS.ORG.

 

For a full explanation behind the CPATS philosophy read the appropriate section on the AskACatholic About Us page.

 

Formerly CPATS.ORG, AskACatholic.com is a spiritual oasis for sincere seeking Protestants, confused Catholics, or anyone seeking to learn the truth about the Catholic Church and Her Teachings.In 2007, when someone offered the domain AskACatholic.com, I thought it was the perfect fit for the work we do, so we changed the name of our group while still promoting the social aspect best represented by the domain CPATS.ORG.

 

If you want a fuller background read my AskACatholic.com non-Wiki page.

 

Since July 4, 1996 we have been answering questions from people both inside and outside the Church about the Church. Our knowledge base of Catholic answers to questions about the Church has been on-line since August 2000. About a year or so later, we found a grammarian who volunteered to review the questions and answers before posting. Sometimes we have one; other times we don't. We are always looking for volunteer grammarians who are practicing Catholics with the appropriate academic background.

 

Our main goal: To clarify teachings and correct misperceptions about the One Roman Catholic Church, Our Blessed Lord Jesus established on St. Peter in 33 A.D.

 

Read our mission and philosophy statement and check out our web site.

 

Annually, Google Analytics reports we have anywhere from 30,000 to 60,500 visitors per month.

 

I owe a debt of gratitude to the many friends who have donated their time and talents to assist me in this lay apostolate. Through our group efforts we have answered over 4,000 questions from this web site. We currently have both full-time and part-time Catholic apologists who freely volunteer they time and talents. Due to various individual and family responsibilities, volunteer apologists come and go. The current team includes:

 

Full-timers:

 

    • Paul Murano
    • Eric Ewanco
    • Bob Kirby, and
    • myself

Previous and current priest-helpers:

 

    • Fr. Francis
    • Fr. Nick, and
    • Fr. Jonathan

Part-timers:

 

    • John C. DiMascio
    • Perry Turchi

Previous key volunteer Catholic apologists include:

 

    • Mary Ann Parks
    • Terry Quinn from England
    • Bob Centamore
    • John F. Griffin
    • Roger P. Le Blanc

as well as well-known Catholic apologists like:

 

    • Patrick Madrid
    • Mark Brumley
    • Steve Ray
    • Robert Sungenis

And specialists like:

    • Ed Furton from the National Catholic Bioethics Center

If you have a strong Catholic education and an interest in helping out, please e-mail me. I'm always thinking of new features for the site as well.