YEAR JOINED MKLM: 2003, 2012
Ministry: Prison Ministry
Curt was born in Plainfield, Indiana. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Religious Education from Marian College as well as a Masters in Social Justice from Loyola University, Chicago, IL. Prior to joining Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 2003, Curt worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps planning and facilitating workshops and retreats. He also served as a Salesian lay missioner for a year in Alabama working with inner city youth. He and his wife Anita, a fellow Maryknoll Lay Missioner, are committed to the lifestyle promoted by the Jesuits of spirituality, community, simplicity and social justice.
Curt worked in prison ministry where he served as a liaison between prisoners and their families. He also was involved in Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) where he coordinated and helped facilitate workshops geared toward promoting personal active-nonviolence. Through the AVP program prisoners and staff were empowered to transform conflict in their lives and address conflict in more life-giving ways. The AVP workshops provided prisoners with an opportunity to transform their lives. The Alternatives to Violence Project is a multicultural organization of volunteers offering experimental workshops that empower individuals to liberate themselves and others from the burden of violence. It is a project that has been active in many countries including the USA, New Zealand, UK, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and Kenya. The fundamental belief is that there is a potential for peace and good in everyone and if this is developed, violence can be transformed. AVP builds on a spiritual basis or respect and caring for oneself and others. It works with different groups and communities and with people from all walks of life.”