Recently, I was asked to write a brief statement about why I teach at St. John’s University. I thought I would share with you what I wrote:
I enjoy teaching and working at St. John’s University because I have found the mission and culture match with who I want to be in my professional life. I want to serve the poor through education. I want to teach Catholic theology as a way that tries to answer the deepest questions of the human person. I also want to live in a diverse urban environment because of all the goodness and challenges this environment brings. St. John’s provides me all of these areas with its mission to be Catholic, Vincentian, and Metropolitan university because it offers the Catholic faith and the Vincentian Heritage as a way that gives a diverse urban culture a humanistic education that trusts in the good, true, and beautiful as the answers to the deepest questions of humanity and our time.
Last but not least, I teach at St. John’s University because of our amazing students. These students can sing.