Personal: Married to Lovelace; one son, one daughter.

Background: bachelor's degree, Wheaton College; master's, University of Illinois; doctorate, New York University; taught at an English boys' school and a New York boys' school; taught English at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., for 15 years.

Professional: He has published articles for more than 30 years, including in The New York Times Book Review, Redbook, New Oxford Review, and many others; has published 10 books, the latest is On Being Catholic.

Current position: Professor of English literature, St. John's College Seminary, Boston.