I am originally from Texas and grew up in an Episcopal parish that was deeply committed to liturgy, community, and learning. During my teen years, some members of my parish, including two of our priests, became Catholic. It was a formative journey for me, and I am indebted both to my deep roots and to the sturdy branches of the Church I now call home.
I began teaching Scripture, theology and spirituality to adults in 2008. I currently teach New Testament for the Hartford Catholic Biblical School and Sacred Heart University (Fairfield). Teaching and facilitating retreats are work that I love as I spend time with fascinating topics and meet amazing people. I enjoy the community of a classroom as well as meeting new people at the parishes and places I visit.
I am also the director of Little Rock Scripture Study, a series of Bible Study programs and resources published by Liturgical Press. Directing this program and sharing in its mission of breaking open God's Word is a joy and a privilege.
I am a columnist for Catholic Digest, and my published work can be found in a variety of Catholic publications, including St. Anthony Messenger, The Bible Today, Magnificat and Liguorian. I have also published three volumes in Little Rock Scripture Study's Alive in the Word series (Lent, Advent, and Finding Peace). I blog weekly on spiritual topics.
My last name is pronounced AY-kay.
I met my husband Ono in graduate school at Catholic University where we both studied theology. We married in 2000 and lived in southern Maryland for 11 years. In 2011, we moved to Milford, Connecticut, where we currently live with our four children -- Reya (17), Siobhan (16), Julian (9) and Eli (7). My family keeps me busy and happy!