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FR. BRIAN began collecting quotations, anecdotes and stories in 1977 as a form of journal-writing therapy, which blossomed into a fruitful hobby. Over the years he has compiled an anthology in excess of 54 hand-written journals of quotations, stories, illustrations and anecdotes. From this collection he edits "Apple Seeds," a monthly quoteletter of motivation and inspiration for students, faculty and a growing mailing list. "Apple Seeds"® was selected as a USA TODAY "Hot Site."
These journals have also resulted in six books and two video tapes published and produced by Paulist Press. The books are titled,
The videos are titled, "Your Created Goodness" and "Reflection of an Inner Fire." Also, many of Fr. Brian's stories have been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of inspirational books.
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Sower's Seeds That Nurture Family Values: 100 Stories to Restore Your Faith, Renew Your Hope and Refresh Your Spirit received a 2001 "Storytelling World Awards" Honor awarded by "Story World," a fully-refereed journal of the Storytelling Master's Degree Program at East Tennessee State University.
Sower's Seeds of Encouragement: Stories of Hope, Humor and Healing received a 1999 "Storytelling World Awards" Honor as an Anthology, awarded by "Story World," a fully-refereed journal of the Storytelling Master's Degree Program at East Tennessee State University.
Sower's Seeds of Virtue: Stories of Faith, Hope and Love received a 1998 "Storytelling World Awards" Honor, awarded by "Story World," a fully-refereed journal of the Storytelling Master's Degree Program at East Tennessee State University.
Sower's Seeds Aplenty; Fourth Planting received three 1997 "Storytelling World Awards" Honors, awarded by "Story World," a fully-refereed journal of the Storytelling Master's Degree Program at East Tennessee State University.
Prior to arriving at the Franciscan University, Fr. Brian was honored by the Student Government Association at Saint Francis College, Loretto, PA as the recipient of the 1992 Outstanding Educator Award "in recognition of distinguished service to the student body."
Fr. Brian has presented motivational and inspirational lectures at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; at Leadership America in Dallas, TX; at Wellness 2002 National Conference; at Birthright's International Convention; at Catholic Campaign for America's Student Summit; at the National Catholic Student Coalition Leadership Conference. Likewise, he has spoken at conferences for the Calgary (Canada) Catholic School District, the Mid-East Honors Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities, the Pennsylvania District VI Student Council convention, student groups and faculty workshops at high schools, colleges and universities, civic and business associations, diocesan and church groups, and the pre-release program at the Federal Correction Institution-Loretto, PA.
1969 - B.A. in Political Science - College of Steubenville, OH.
1970 - Graduate of the Sears Executive Management Training Program.
1981 - M. Divinity - University of Toronto and University of St. Michael's College, Canada.
1982 - Ordained as a Third Order Franciscan priest in the Roman Catholic Church.
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