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   Deacon Paul

My Life Story (so far)

I am a native Californian. My father was from Oregon, my mother is from Chicago. They met in the Los Angeles area, and I was born in Pasadena.

My childhood was spent in the suburbs of Los Angeles. I attended Catholic grade school, and Catholic high school. I was all set to go to college to study pre-med, but the faculty in high school would not let me sign up for chemistry. Then, just before Holy Week in my senior year, God put this crazy notion to become a priest. So I spent the next 4.5 years at St John's Seminary in Camarillo, California. I got to see the good and the bad in the Catholic Church, and learned to discern between the two. My days there cemented any chance that I could ever give up my Catholic faith. I tried some years later to leave, and right reason brought me back home.

When I left St. John's I had no idea what I wanted to do. After almost half a year, I still thought I might have a vocation. So when I attended the ordination of a friend in Phoenix, Arizona, I asked if I could work in his parish, away from Los Angeles, and discern my vocation. His pastor let me work there.

While in Phoenix I decided not to return to St. John's, and I became involved in music at the local junior college, registering to be a music major. I began to study classical guitar, and have kept with it ever since, as an avocation. At Phoenix College, I became friends with a lot of non-Catholics, and was given good practice in defending my Catholic faith from those who claimed that I was being deceived by the Catholic Church. I returned to California in the Spring of 1975, and lived with my parents while I attended Cal State University, Fullerton, for one semester. I could not handle life at home, and found a job with a Catholic music publisher, and moved out of the house as quickly as I could. I loved my parents, and wanted to keep it that way. While at this company, I met my wife.

Some of my favorite Links
The Official Major League Baseball Site
Baseball Weekly
Una Voce
Human Life International Homepage
Homily Service
Biblical Evidence for Catholicism
The Catholic Apologist's Scriptural Cheat Sheet
American Guitar Society
Antelope Valley Guitar Society
Classical Guitar Aficionados' Page
Gregorian Chant Notation