Welcome to the parish of St. Mary, Solon, Iowa! My background is in farming. I was reared in Washington County, Iowa on our family century farm. I had graduated from Keota High School and was farming before entering seminary. I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to be a priest through a seed corn salesman Marlin Greiner who said, “My wife and I think you would be a great priest.” Those words started me to discern my vocation calling from God. I graduated from minor seminary at St. Ambrose University and from major seminary St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois. I am a diocesan priest for the Diocese of Davenport. I was ordained at my home parish St. Mary Church-Holy Trinity Parish Keota, Iowa. My hobby is talking and listening to people. I think this is a family trait inherited from my mother and maternal grandparents.