About the Crossroads Initiative and Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Raised in Italian/Irish neighborhood in Providence, RI, Marcellino D’Ambrosio never thought about being anything else but Catholic. But like other Catholic teens, his faith was the last place he looked for fulfillment. Following in the footsteps of his parents, both professional performers, Marcellino was playing bass guitar in one of the most popular professional rock bands in New England the time he was 16. At that time he encountered a group of Catholics whose Christian life was an exciting adventure, an adventure worth living for. So he laid his bass guitar aside and embarked on a road that led to a Ph.D. in historical theology from the Catholic University of America under the guidance of the renowned Jesuit theologian, Avery Cardinal Dulles.
Throughout his nine years of university teaching, Dr. D’Ambrosio remained deeply involved in pastoral work, especially teen evangelization and Hispanic ministry, assuring that his teaching remained relevant to the challenges of everyday life.
His writing has been published in numerous Catholic publications such as Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service’s syndicated column "Faith Alive" and is heard and seen weekly on a variety of international Catholic radio and TV programs. He has been called on as an expert commentator on Catholic issues appearing on Bill O'Reilly's radio show and Fox News Geraldo Rivera At Large. Dr. D'Ambrosio is a New York Times best-selling author with his Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions about the Passion of the Christ ranking among the fastest-selling Catholic book of all time with over a million copies sold in less than three months. His recent book When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers promises to be a best-seller in the religious book category. His upcoming book, 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look On Lent will be released in November 2014.
Dr. D’Ambrosio, the father of five and a business owner, brings to his teaching a practical, down-to-earth perspective that makes his words easy to understand and put into practice. In 2001 Dr. D’Ambrosio left his position at the University of Dallas to develop the work of Crossroads Productions, the apostolate of Catholic renewal and evangelization that he co-founded twenty years ago, and to more directly oversee the growth of Wellness Opportunities Group a company dedicated to helping people improve the quality of their lives physically, mentally, and financially. He, his wife Susan, and their five children, reside just outside of Dallas, TX.
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