Fr. Matt was raised in La Canada, California. After graduating from the Capuchin high school, St. Francis in La Canada 1973, he entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Masters in Divinity and Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkley. He was perpetually professed in 1980 and ordained in 1982.
Following his ordination Fr. Matt served the province as vocation director, assistant novice master, educator and administrator at St. Francis High School. After serving two terms as Provincial Minister he spent a year working in the missions with Capuchins in Northern Mexico. Fr. Matt is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.