I attended the College of Notre Dame during the latter part of 1990 - 2008. During that time, I was inducted into the National Honor Society for Religious and Theological Studies (Theta Alpha Kappa). When my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008, I made the decision to withdraw from school to assist my family. The decision was indeed a sacrifice; however, placing family first proved to be a rewarding experience. I cannot begin to describe the heartbreaking ordeal of having to bear witness to a loved one whose health declines to the point where they hardly recognize their family. Nevertheless, I united with my siblings in their quest to protect my father when he entered into the healthcare system. My mother took the day shift to care for Dad, and my siblings and I took turns during the evening shift. We knew that the only way for Dad to receive appropriate care was if his family became a united front and rallied on his behalf. In the end, my father left this world and entered into eternity as the hero I have always known him to be. I wrote two books after is death to celebrate the ministry of Fatherhood, which my dad joyously accepted, and to celebrate my encounter with God in the midst of sorrow's valley. "As The Deer Pants For Streams of Water," is a compilation of poetic prayers that encapsulates a time of struggle with the reality of death and the continuity of life after death's appearance. "Strengthened By Prayer: Interludes of Oneness," explains my encounter with God through prayer. It describes what occurs when the precious Holy Spirit comes in to guide us into the secret dwelling place of God. My first book was published in 2010, and the second book was published shortly after that in 2011. In 2014, Notre Dame released my credits to Lancaster Bible College, where I pursued my Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Education. I graduated with high honors (Magna Cum Laude) in 2015.