"I believe that the Gospel is about transformation: personally, within our communities and in our relationship with God," said Fr. Matthew, who brings 17 years of parish experience in different ministry settings, most recently at St Elizabeth's in Knoxville, TN. He cites a particular passion around preaching and teaching, liturgy and spiritual growth.
Fr. Matthew's family includes wife Kate, who is a ceramic artist, daughter Madeline, a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School and son Max, who's entering kindergarten at Encinal School.
At the request of the parish, he provided this additional "get-to-know-you" information:
"When I'm not doing my priest thing, I love to read (though I have to admit it's mostly spiritual stuff!), and I really enjoy cooking. The Food Network is often on in our house. I enjoy writing (someday I'm determined to write a book), and I love to travel with Kate when we have the chance. One of my favorite places in the world is Florence, Italy – Kate and I were last there in 2005.
"My favorite color is purple (okay, no jokes about me aspiring to be a bishop!), my favorite cake is carrot cake, and my favorite ice cream is any flavor of gelato, especially if eaten on an Italian street. And I love my coffee! Oh, and I am a huge Harry Potter fan. We all are – Madeline, Kate and I have attended two midnight book releases."
Holy Trinity [Web Link ] is located on the corner of Ravenswood and Laural in Menlo Park; the office telephone number is (650) 326-2083.