About the Author

George with his dogs in New Mexico

George Sabol, ofs, Ph.D. is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order (ofs) living in New Mexico and
Arizona. He has studied at the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New
York. For more than 25 years, he has been active with the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas,
Sonora, Mexico, and is on the board of directors for the Casa Franciscana Outreach operating out
of the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has conducted and participated in more
than 100 service retreats and pilgrimages to the mission.

The chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels overlooking Guaymas in Mexico

George was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Warren, Ohio. After high school,
he entered Parks College of Engineering of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and
graduated with an aeronautical engineering degree. He accepted a job with an aerospace firm in
Denver, Colorado. After 4 years, he entered graduate school at Colorado State University earning
master’s and doctorate degrees in civil engineering. Most of his professional career has been as a
consulting engineer except for eight years during which he was a member of the civil engineering
faculty at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. As a water resources engineer,
he has worked extensively on water projects in the middle east.

George working and visiting with Bedouins in Sinai

For many years he trained and competed with hunter/jumper horses. In more recent years, he enjoys
bicycling. He learned building from his father, and he has built houses, stables, and shops. In more
recent years his woodworking skills are in making furniture or turning gifts on a wood lathe. He has
lived most of his life in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

George with a horse that he trained

George lives in New Mexico with his wife Joyce of more than 50 years. He Is close to his son Dan his wife, Christina, and their six children, Miguel, Angelica, David, Meredith, Sam, and Ben. Son, Mickey, rests with the Lord. George and Joyce winter in Phoenix where they are active with their Franciscan faith community.