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 am on the adjunct faculty of 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 offer many retreats, talks and classes on my "home turf" of Connecticut, but I have also offered retreats and missions in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas.
In addition to teaching and retreat work, I am an Associate Editor and Program Developer for Little Rock Scripture Study, where I help to prepare and write materials for use in parish Scripture study. Working for LRSS and being part of its dedication to sharing God's Word is a joy and a privilege.
My published work can be found in various Catholic publications, including St. Anthony Messenger, The Bible Today, Magnificat and Liguorian. I write a Scripture column for Catholic Digest (starting Sep 2018) and have published two volumes in Little Rock Scripture Study's new Alive in the Word series (Lent & Advent). 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 (16), Siobhan (15), Julian (8) and Eli (6). My family keeps me busy and happy!