I received my doctorate (Th.D.) in the performing arts from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Earlier, my M.A. was in religious education from the Catholic University of America. My doctoral dissertation was on the craft & philosophy of storytelling. And part of that research was into the artistic traditions of Western Europe in medieval iconography where I was under the tutelage of the distinguished art historian, Jane Daggett Dillenberger. Afterwards, I held appointments at various colleges, seminaries and universities, including the College of St. Catherine, Niagara University, Mount Saint Mary's College, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
As both a hagiographer and an iconographer, I am a religious artist in two different media -- performing art and visual art. My spirituality, rooted in both Western and Eastern Catholicism, is broadly ecumenical, anchored in the classical humanism of the Judeo Christian tradition, and atuned to other sacred storytelling traditions of the world.
I am particularly indebted to my two spiritual mentors, neither of whom was a Catholic: a Jewish psychotherapist -- Jorge Rosner -- and a Seventh Day Baptist dramatist and educator -- Wayne Rood. (Jorge served as a "mahalnik" in the Israeli War of Independence. And Wayne in his youth chauffeured evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson at her magachurch in Los Angeles.) Both Jorge and Wayne were also superb theater artists. Through that Jew and that Baptist, God has worked miracles with this Catholic.
Today, I am particularly committed to
ecumenical artistic dialogue with my Protrestant, Anglican, and Orthodox spiritual kin, and
interreligious artistic dialogue with my Jewish and Islamic sisters and brothers.
Shalom, Salaam, Pax
P.S. -- The video reflections on each icon are unscripted and unrehearsed. They are also unedited. Some small mistakes appear, and some of my statements are unclear in these impromptu tellings. Please forgive these occasional lapses for the sake of a "live telling."
Now... here are some of my icons: