Summa Americana gets it’s name from St. Thomas Aquinas’s great work, Summa Theologica. This blog is about finding God in all things, especially in American society. And not only finding God, but proclaiming God’s truth in American society. Whether it’s politics, sports, or movies, God is present in America.  It is my goal to flesh that out, and to comment on where things are going astray.

This blog is intended to be guided by the Holy Spirit, specifically through the teachings of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. If you find things that do not match up with Catholic doctrine, please let me know so I may make those changes.  I do not claim to be an expert on Catholic theology or doctrine, and it is highly likely that I will make mistakes. I appreciate all constructive feedback and conversation about any topic found on this blog.

As for me, my name is Doug. I’m a recent graduate of Iowa State University, where I studied Religious Studies among other things. Iowa State is also where I met my future wife, Elizabeth, who I have the privilege of marrying this coming summer. I am very blessed to have her in my life; she has led me to Christ in so many ways. My hope is to do the same for her for the rest of my life.

This past year I have been volunteering at Camp Gray Catholic Camp, a Catholic summer camp that serves the Madison, WI diocese and surrounding area. For the past 6 months I have been working with the Servant Leadership Team (SaLT for short) to run retreats for 6th-10th graders, ranging from Confirmation to teambuilding to environmental stewardship. Camp has changed my life as well. Check out their website for more information about what goes on at Camp!

Beyond that, I thoroughly enjoy pick-up basketball games, any Chicago sports team (sans White Sox), and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I watch way too much TV, drink too much pop, and probably could exercise a bit more too. Well, that’s me.  By the way, if you want to see something specific on this blog, just let  me know. St. Michael and Bl. Pope John Paul, oro pro nobis!



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