Peter Casella is a veteran journalist and educator. He retired in 2021 and occasionally works as a substitute teacher. Originally from Syracuse, NY, he is a lifelong Catholic. He has been a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Jacksonville, Fla., since 1985, serving in the music ministry since 1986. Dr. Casella received his PhD in Mass Communication-Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004. He is passionate about journalism and his faith, and believes both have the same goal - a desire for the truth; one in the secular world while the other seeks universal, spiritual truth. Dr. Casella's writing reflects his belief that God is our constant companion who, through His Son, intimately understands every aspect of our humanity.