Matthew is a Jesuit priest of the Midwest United States Province. He was born in York, Pennsylvania and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He entered the Society of Jesus in 2006 after completing his undergraduate studies in philosophy at Catholic University in Washington, DC.
Matthew has a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago, where he explored challenges to empathic understanding posed by radically divergent bodily conditions of interlocutors, particularly those caused by disability. He earned Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees (as well as their eccelsiastical analogs the Bachelor of Theology and License of Theology) at Regis College at the University of Toronto.
He taught philosophy for three years at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. His teaching included courses in ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion. He also developed service learning ethics courses focusing on homelessness and outsider art.
At Oxford Matthew’s D.Phil explores the relationship between spiritual pedagogy, ethical praxis, and place.