Prison is a fact of life for millions in the United States. The US has the highest percentage of people incarcerated in the world today. The time in the system only begins at the arrest; it continues through incarceration and follows the person long after release. Prison impacts not only the convict, it also effects their family, friends, and co-workers.
A Breach of Faith is split into two parts. The first part is a memoir of a man who became an Army Chaplain. Beginning with his time as a civilian priest, it continues through his accession into the military and nearly fifteen-year career. Most of these years were joyful. He deployed, saw combat and found a family in the armed services. There were also significant traumas, and he eventually became an alcoholic to manage the traumas of military life. He fell, was accused, tried and convicted by the military justice system.
The book shares the friendships and obstacles that he and his fellow soldiers found in military prisons. There are both challenges and opportunities in those dehumanizing places. The soldiers in prison often struggle with addiction, fear, suicide, sex and LGBTQ related issues. They also find honor, hope, redemption, humor, friendship, and meaning in life’s dimly lit corners.
A Breach of Faith concludes in part two, which contains realistic information on what someone released from prison can expect. It offers informed ideas and spiritual advice to help ex-cons and families go through this dehumanizing and traumatic experience. Prison is brutal, but people can come out of it in better shape – no matter the situations in which they find themselves!
Michael (Mike) has seen it all while in the military. The dumb and the glorious. Sometimes both at once. Trained as a chaplain, priest, and counselor He’s worked with families, individuals and large groups in happy times and in crisis. Mike has dodged bullets and mortars, prepared soldiers for marriage while getting fired at by bad guys, and comforted soldiers who were mourning the loss of their fellows. The Army life is unique and one never knows what is going to happen.
He was a Major in the Army, worked as a paralegal for two of the largest law firms in Chicago, was a law library clerk, and taught in New York City and Jersey City. He was a construction worker and a roofer for a while, a Realtor, an account executive and is a trained chef. If it can be done as a job, he’s at least poked at it once or twice.
Mike holds multiple graduate degrees and certifications in theology and counseling, as well as a brown belt in Shaolin Kempo. He was awarded the Bronze Star and two Meritorious Service Medals among a few other Army awards. These medals and a buck will buy you a cup of coffee at most diners.