2011, Spring/Summer: Sabbatical spent researching sites identified with St. Ambrose of Milan in Italy, Greece, Serbia, France, and Spain.
2011: Full Professor in Theology
2010: Member: Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council
2010: Member: Infrastructure Strategies for Iowa's Future Economy task force
2009, 2010, 2011: guest lecturer for University of Western Michigan's course: "Sports and Leisure in Ancient Rome" on location in Italy
2008-present: Sacramental Minister: St. Andrew parish, Bluegrass, IA
2006-2011: Associate Professor in Theology
2005-present: Director, General Education, SAU
2004-present: Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Studies
2003-06: Chair, Master of Pastoral Theology Program
2000-2010: head men's soccer coach
1995-present: advisor to GREENLIFE: SAU environmental club
lecturer & consultant on prairie restoration projects
2000-2006: Assistant Professor of Theology
1995-2000: Adjunct instructor in theology
campus minister & advisor to PAX: a social justice group
Coordinator of Service/Learning
assistant men's soccer coach
Vice-Chair of PSCW: a regional environmental non-profit
1989-1995: teacher, St. Albert High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa
chair of religion dept. (on rotation)
boy's varsity and j.v. soccer coach
campus minister/chaplan
week-end help in local parishes
frequent lectures to regional youth & adult groups
1984-1989: co-pastor of three rural Catholic parishes
-St. Mary's, Panama Iowa
-St. Mary's, Portsmouth Iowa
-St. Boniface, Westphalia Iowa


Introduction to Theology
Introduction to the New Testament
Introduction to Moral Issues
Introduction to Environmental Studies*
Topics: Death & Resurrection*
Ambrose of Milan*
Church History: Ancient-Medieval
"Rome & Christianity" (taught on location in Italy)*
Environmental Ethics*
Social Justice
Peace & Non-Violence
*I created these courses

Master of Pastoral Studies

Introduction to Biblical Studies*
Social Justice
Introduction to Moral Theology


1996-1999 Ph.D. in Religious Studies, University of Iowa.
1993-1995: Masters of Christian Spirituality, Creighton University
1983-1984: one year of an S.T.L. in Scripture, Gregorian University
1980-1983: S.T.B. in Theology, Gregorian University
Certification in Latin, Gregorian University
1976-1980: B.A. in Philosophy and History, minor in French, Secondary Ed.
certification, St. Ambrose College, mcl.


I'm the 7th of 9 children. Born and raised in southwest Iowa. Roman Catholic education from 3rd grade on. Beyond teaching them as courses, I have interest in social justice and environmental issues, particularly in underprivileged areas that I have visited and/or have taken students (e.g. India, Bangladesh, Africa, Pine Ridge, inner city Chicago). I enjoy hiking/backpacking, canoeing, snow skiing (especially in the American West), soccer, reading (especially theology, philosophy & history), carving, prairie gardening/restoration, horseback riding, raising sheep and poultry, and managing other livestock: one dog, three cats, two horses, fish, ducks, a turkey and a goose. I regularly deliver papers on environmental ethical issues at various regional venues.


I have a life-long interest in the environment, justice, Native American studies, and history. My priestly ministry has, over the years, brought these interests to the fore, especially in my academic research, teaching, and advocacy; lecturing, publishing, activism, and personal life style.


2011: Ambrose of Milan: Deeds and Thoughts of a Bishop, by Cesare Pasini, translated for St. Paul's Alba House press
2011: Ambrose of Milan: a Primer written for St. Ambrose University
2011: ten part series on Environmental Studies for the on-line journal of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference
2011: "Ambrose on War" published by Studia Ambrosiana
2010: Instructor in the University of Illinois "Master Naturalist" program (annually since 2005).
2010 and 11: articles published in the National Catholic Rural Life magazine.
2009-2010: member of the "Natural Resources Sector Committee" for the state of Iowa.
2009-present: organizer of the emerging Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan, which already hosts an annual symposium; collaboration with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan; a course, a study abroad trip for students and another for alumni; articles published, student work archived, artistic expressions commissioned; an interdisciplinary minor in the works; and a website, facebook and google plus page. 2009-present: regular monthly OPED contributor with a column "Back to the Garden" for the Catholic Messenger (weekly newspaper).
2009: "Ambrosian Environmental Theology" published in the Studia Ambrosiana: annual publication of the Academia Ambrosiana, Milan.
2009: novel Pontifex accepted by bookselling website.
2009-present: lectured on Environmental Theology, 12 separate venues in the upper midwest (various universities, non-profits, churches, organizations, clubs).
Academic year 2006-07: transformed Master of Pastoral Studies into the Master of Pastoral Theology.
Spring Semester 2007: developed an Interdisciplinary Minor in Classical Studies.
April 12, 2007: A Case Study in Thomistic Environmental Ethics: The Ecological Crisis in the Loess Hills of Iowa published by Edwin Mellen Press.
April 13, 14, 2007: Moderator of Whiteside Forum: "After Oil" alternative energies.
April 21, 2007: recipient of River Action's "Eddy Award" for Environmental Education.
1997 Region VII Coach of the Year for Men's Soccer
December, 2007: member of the Cross Cutting Sub-Committee of the Iowa Climate Change Council.
2007-present: Guest speaker at a number of regional environmental assemblies including: Earth Charter Summit; Sr.s of Humility environmental retreat; Our Lady of Victory parish workshop; Global Consensus workshop; "Renewing the Face of the Earth" conference, St. Thomas College (approximately 10 presentations a year for the past 3 years).
2008: They Were That Poor, a theological novel, written.
Faculty Development Grant to meet with Italian scholars about creating an ďAmbrose Academy' here at SAU.
On-going projects include: a book-length work on "The Ambrose Doctrine" which will explore the principles that guided Ambrose of Milan in his understanding of the Church's relationship to the state, its own internal structures, non-Christians, and civil society.