I’m a retired Catholic teacher who loves to pray, play, and work. My students were very familiar with the “Triangle of Peace” I had on the wall. The base was prayer with one arm representing work rising to the apex, and the other arm representing play rising as well to the same apex. The Apex, of course, is the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Through prayer, Christ can give me something to give in all that I do in serving Him. I belong to Christ’s Bride, His one, holy catholic, and apostolic Church where I find my earthly home, my direction. It’s in this home that I feed on Him who lives in the Holy Eucharist. As well, I named this website in honour of Mary, my Mother, who holds me night and day.
Hockey and paddling are my passions in that order. I also love to ski and be outdoors where the wind tickles the trees, the sun warms, the moon drifts across the sky, and the rivers play among the rocks. These are gifts he has given me through which I can give glory and honour to Him and share with others.
I’m a father of seven, but no longer a husband. In case you’re wondering they’re from the same wife over 19 years.
I was born in British Guiana, grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and have lived in Combermere, Ontario since 1987. Combermere is the home of Madonna House Apostolate where I have found a place of refuge, profound love of God and neighbour, and the beautiful mingling of prayer, work, and play.
I discovered the beauty of farming at St. Benedict Acres ( the Madonna House farm) in 1979 and I’ve been living and growing there most of my years since. Many years working the fields (often with workhorses), but also market gardening, animal care and farm machine shop and management have led to wide experience. The gift of seeing beauty, challenge, and faith in this atmosphere have led to writing and speaking about what we call Apostolic Farming – simple stewardship and care of soil and soul inspired by the Gospel and vision of Catherine Doherty, foundress of Madonna House Apostolate.