Jerry and his beloved Cricket met at St. Louis University where both were received degrees in Theology. They then went on to the University of Notre Dame, where Jerry was awarded a fellowship and taught in the graduate school of Theology. They now have a marriage growing past 3 decades, and are blessed with 6 children and 5 grandchildren.
After teaching and being an Administrator in Catholic high schools and colleges for 10 years, he started his own business and won awards in sales and productivity. For over 20 years, Jerry has been a management consultant, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for major corporations and conventions. He has shared the platform with Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker, Pat Riley, Denis Waitley, Rocky Bleier, Warrick Dunne, Hyrum Smith, Kenneth Blanchard, Elizabeth Dole, Zig Ziglar, Hank Aaron, and Hugh Downs. He has travelled extensively and featured on TV and satellite programs on Life Balance and Value based productivity.
Jerry is also an accomplished musician who is a member of the Catholic Association of Musicians and is a Troubadour for the Lord music artist in association with John Michael Talbot. Jerry has been featured on EWTN’s Backstage, and has made 6 CDs, the most recent one including 4 of their 5 daughters singing with him. Jerry has given concerts in the US and in Canada. He was invited to sing in the Ecumenical Choir Festival, sponsored by the office for Black Catholic Ministry, as well as World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II. Along with giving concerts, Jerry has sung in prisons and frequently takes his guitar into nursing homes to entertain the residents during their dinner hour. He also plays in a Big Band called The Sentimental Journey Orchestra and frequently plays in small jazz ensembles in Atlanta. Jerry has completed 35 marathons and several century rides.
Cricket is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and is currently the formation director of The Immaculate Conception Fraternity. She is an experienced retreat leader, spiritual director, and Bible study teacher. She has authored 3 books, 10 Disciplines for the 10 Commandments, Intercession, and Understanding Penance. She has been a speaker for the Magnificat Breakfast, Woman’s Aglow, and interdenominational women’s conferences. Since 1995 she has presented numerous Spiritual-Reflection Days on themes such as Faith and Transformation, Pursuing the Call to Holiness, Finding God’s Abundance in Your Desert, From Stress to Rest, Discerning God’s Will, among others. She has led weekend retreats and one-day of reflection-retreats for Catholic school staffs, Stephen’s Ministers, Women’s Guild, Mothers and Daughters, and Secular Franciscan groups. Cricket has written two books, Jerry often comes to add music to Cricket’s message, but more recently, this couple has felt the Lord calling them to a more combined ministry. They are available for retreats and/or music engagements.
“Cricket led our faculty retreat 2 years in a row. She was back by popular demand! She personalized our retreats with our school theme in mind. The spirit flows through her as she gives an active and engaging retreat. Jerry’s beautiful music completes the package!”
- Karen Vogtner, Principal - St. John the Evangelist
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