Despite a sense of wanderlust that has taken me as far as New Zealand, Russia and Tortola BVI and a desire shared with George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life to “shake the dust” of this town off my feet, I’ve lived decades of my life in and around Milwaukee, with a similar decades-long connection to St. Paul’s.

I lived on the East Coast (Rhode Island) for four years earning my college degree in English (and spent a long year as a cub reporter in Rockford, Illinois), but found myself feeling at home on the East Side of Milwaukee, where I met my wife Raquel and where we’ve raised our children — Lily, Nick and Cassandra (the latter two from Raquel’s first marriage) — in a few different homes, including a Victorian on Astor Street, about four blocks from St. Paul’s. We currently live in a storybook Tudor in Shorewood where carved Gargoyle’s look down from beams in the ceiling.

Professionally, my work has also had strong ties to Milwaukee and efforts to chronicle and improve life here, including nine years as an editor at Milwaukee Magazine and a period as communications director for former Mayor of Milwaukee John Norquist. I’m now director of editorial projects at Marquette University where I edit the alumni publication Marquette Magazine and other publications.

Over five decades, I’ve participated in a full range of worship and lay service at St. Paul’s starting with Sunday School in the basement and acolyte service during high school and extending through ushering, lay reading, video streaming and a previous stretch on the Vestry and as warden. I’ve been fortunate to share most of my time worshiping in this faith community with my parents, Ed and Joanne Filmanowicz.

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