I am a proud first generation Irish Catholic man, the brother of a Jesuit priest, and the kin of at least one Jesuit or Opus Dei priest per generation for many years. I am very active in several Churches in Northwest Indiana and Chicago where I serve mass, assist with my oldest daughter's religious education, and study the Bible, theology and philosophy with two fellowship groups. I would like to help anyone answer any honest questions he thinks I can assist with or connect him with someone nearby to speak with and ask questions of regarding the Church.
I am a welder and machinist by trade, so it's disorienting to say the least that Conservapedia is so heavily anti-labor because it would have been impossible for me to have gotten the many years of experience I have in these trades without the training I received as a young guy coming out of college with no idea what to do with myself other than join the priesthood, which wasn't going to happen because I was married by the time I finished college. My experience has allowed me the luxury of serving my family and Church and being able to truly treat every day of service I can manage in good health as a vocation in Christ. Update: an interested Rationalwiki editor who is not an atheist emailed me about using the term "vocation" more broadly than some may be used to. To him or her and anyone else interested, I suggest you have a look at this essay about understanding vocations as I do as laity: we are "sons in the Son" even other than by taking Holy Orders or lay vows. "Since the laity, in accordance with their state of life, live in the midst of the world and its concerns, they are called by God to exercise their apostolate in the world like leaven, with the ardor of the spirit of Christ."
Anyhow, peace. Let me know if I can help you with anything. Unlike nearly everyone at Conservapedia I am a very friendly and helpful guy even if you are an atheist "Evolutionist".