Portfolio

Here are just a few examples of my work that illustrate a track record of insightfulness and creativity, clear and compelling communication, effective project management, and successful follow-through from idea to finished product.

Translation

I lived and studied in Italy for four years and have been reading and translating Italian nonfiction (particularly theology, spirituality, and church/culture issues) since then. My four published book-length translations are:

  • Massimo Borghesi, Jorge Mario Bergoglio: Una biografia intellettuale (Jaca Book, 2017), published in English as The Mind of Pope Francis: Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s Intellectual Journey (Liturgical Press, 2018)
  • Rocco D’Ambrosio, Ce la fara Francesco? La sfida della riforma ecclesiale (Meridiana, 2016), published in English as Can Pope Francis Pull It Off? The Challenge of Church Reform (Liturgical Press, 2017)
  • Goffredo Boselli, Il senso spirituale della liturgia (Qiqajon, 2011), published in English as The Spiritual Meaning of the Liturgy: School of Prayer, Source of Life (Liturgical Press, 2014)
  • Andrea Grillo, Oltre Pio V: La riforma liturgica nel conflitto di interpretazioni (Queriniana, 2007) published in English as Beyond Pius V: Conflicting Interpretations of the Liturgical Reform (Liturgical Press, 2013)

Copywriting

You'll find examples of my copywriting in the descriptive copy that's here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Writing: Books and articles

Over the past twenty years, I have written four published books and another four under a pen name. Mark Massa, SJ, called my book Struggle, Condemnation, Vindication: John Courtney Murray's Journey toward Vatican II "an extraordinarily important book — arguably the most important study of the thought and influence of John Courtney Murray in 40 years." Kathleen Caveny called the same book "a riveting story." My book Faith Meets World: The Gift and Challenge of Catholic Social Teaching was awarded First Place in the General Interest category of the 2014 Excellence in Catholic Publishing Awards (Assoc. of Catholic Publishers). I have also published over one hundred articles in the most highly regarded Catholic periodicals and another hundred or so under a pen name. See, for example, this in America magazine, this in Commonweal, this in Our Sunday Visitor, and this in VFW Magazine.

Project development and management: Living Liturgy

The Living Liturgy family of resources had enjoyed a long run of well-deserved success with annual publication stretching back nearly two decades. But a decline over the most recent half-dozen years made clear that a "reboot" was necessary. I initiated a search for a new team of authors and a new set of artists, assembling a masterful team of three authors and three artists. I prepared P&L projections, budgeted, coordinated art assignments with specific pages of content, applied necessary nudges to authors and artists when deadlines loomed, and led planning for marketing and promotions. The result was a healthy bounce in sales of Living Liturgy that continues to gain momentum.

Project development and management:
The People of God Series

I developed the concept for this series in conversation with colleagues. The idea was that many people who have no interest in reading straightforward theology or spirituality, but like reading stories. We wanted to tell stories, in an accessible format, of the lives of real, contemporary people (some living, some dead) who have lived their faith in notable ways. I identified and commissioned a set of great writers, some of them quite notable. I identified an ideal artist to create a new portrait for each cover -- and those cover portraits have been an unexpectedly popular aspect of this series.

Project development: 

Stations of the Cross

I conceived the idea for this book: a new set of meditations on the traditional Stations of the Cross written by a well-known author with a contemporary voice and deep insight, and accompanied by contemporary and compelling art as well. I signed a high-profile author who fit the bill perfectly, then commissioned images from a highly regarded artist whose work was an excellent fit. A hardcover edition was published first (to which I negotiated the sale of rights in several foreign language editions). Then I also packaged a "Community Prayer Edition," a small, glossy, saddle-stitched edition with selected excerpts arranged for use in the context of parish and group prayer. Finally, we published a CD-Rom that provided the images for use in parish bulletins and similar publications.