I’m the eldest of four children – yes, that’s me at my First Christmas with Dad and Mom – born to a father from Texas and a mother from Barcelona. I grew up in a small, conservative town in southern Pennsylvania, where I attended Catholic schools all the way through high school. I went on to earn my undergraduate degree at Georgetown, my J.D. at Notre Dame, and my Master’s at Sotheby’s Institute in London. For the past decade I have lived and worked in Washington, D.C.
In 2008, I began the Blog of the Courtier, which from much smaller beginnings currently averages around 6,000-7,000 readers monthly. Various posts from the blog have been re-posted, quoted, and linked to on various online media outlets. I also began contributing original articles and guest posts to a number of print and online publications.
In 2009 I began a pet project called Catholic Barcelona, which currently numbers eighty separate entries about the city of Barcelona’s historic churches, monasteries, and chapels. The site averages 2,000 visitors each month looking for information about planning their trip and seeing some of the impressive architecture of that city, and is the only comprehensive English-language site covering this topic. Then in 2011 I created this site, to serve as a resource for listing all of my new media activities and projects in one, central location.
Early in 2012, I became a co-host of the Catholic Weekend show on SQPN, a weekly podcast discussing news and current events from a Catholic perspective. Then in April 2013, I appeared as a panelist on BBC World News discussing the election of Pope Francis. By way of complete contrast and rather to my surprise, the same month I was voted #11 in this year’s “Top 20 Sexiest Men in Conservative New Media” poll, sponsored by a conservative media group and selected by a panel of prominent women in conservative media.
In September 2013, the Media Research Center here in Washington invited me to live-tweet their annual William F. Buckley awards gala. This is definitely one of the most fun events on the social calendar in the nation’s capital, and featured many prominent journalists, commentators, and politicians. It was terrific to sit at the “Twitter Table” with a group of young professionals who know how to make excellent use of the tools which Twitter puts into our hands to reach a wider global audience.
Then in October 2013, I spoke at the Catholic New Media Conference in Boston, co-sponsored by SQPN and by Pilot New Media at the Archdiocese of Boston. In addition to broadcasting a special day-long episode of the Catholic Weekend show, I moderated the closing expert panel discussion and Q&A session for the over 200 attendees. It was a fantastic weekend in which those of us who ue new and social media but live spread out around the country and indeed around the world were able to meet, brainstorm, and get to know each other in person.
Later this year we will be having the 200th episode of the Catholic Weekend show, which I am very much looking forward to help put together. I also have several invitations to be a regular contributor/columnist to sort out, and more will be updated on that front as things progress. In the meantime, hope you appreciated this overview, and that you will enjoy the materials linked to on this site.