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 in the Archdiocese of Hartford's Catholic Biblical School and at 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 small classroom as well as the experience of meeting new people at the parishes and places I visit.
I offer many programs 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.
I am also a freelance writer. My work has been published in St. Anthony Messenger, The Bible Today, Magnificat and Liguorian. I also write commentary on the Sunday Gospels for Catechist Magazine and am currently writing for Little Rock Scripture Study's new series Alive in the Word. 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 (14), Julian (7) and Eli (5). My family keeps me busy and happy!