I was born in Kohler, Wisconsin, U.S.A., and studied chemistry at Harvard University, graduating with a B.A. in 1962.
Then I went to Rome where I studied Theology at the Roman College of the Holy Cross from 1962 to 1964, and where I had the great privilege of being very close to the founder of Opus Dei, St Josemaria Escriva.
From 1964 to 1967 I studied Canon Law at the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain, obtaining a doctorate in 1967. My doctoral dissertation, which was published by the University of Navarre Press, was on mixed marriages.
I was ordained a priest of Opus Dei in Segovia, Spain, in August 1967, and came to Australia in March 1968 to be the first chaplain of Warrane College, a residential college at the University of New South Wales which opened in 1970. I served as chaplain of Warrane and of Creston College, a college for girls at the same university, until 1991.
From 1992 to 1997 I was chaplain of the University of Tasmania in Hobart and In 1998 moved to Melbourne where I was chaplain of RMIT University from 1998 to 2001.
Then it was back to Sydney where from 2002 to 2010 I was Director of the Catholic Adult Education Centre, an agency of the Archdiocese of Sydney.
I am currently chaplain of Tangara School for Girls, a school run by the PARED Foundation in Sydney.
Since January 2005 I have written the “Question Time” column in “The Catholic Weekly” and since July 2007 the column has also appeared in the Perth Catholic newspaper “The Record”.