Mr. Kelly’s fifth University degree, this one in Counseling Education, was awarded to him in May of 2008 by the
faculty of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Once again, after three years of study, he graduated first in
his class with a 4.0 grade point average. He was also elected by the university to the honors fraternity Phi Kappa
Phi which is the equivalent of the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity for a non Arts and Letters area of study. Mr.
Kelly intends to continue his law practice in which he works primarily with people with disabilities and children of
troubled families, but he values the insights into the culture he received at the secular university that awarded him
his most-recent graduate degree, in mental health counseling.

While raising his family of five children with Christine, practicing law full time, managing his farm business, and
pursuing his latest Master’s degree, Mr. Kelly spent his spare time over four years writing his first historical novel: Cleansing Fire.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration
degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 and then
received his first Master of Science degree in Natural
Resource policy from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
in 1981. In that same year he began his legal studies at the
Marquette University Law School  where  he spent two years  
on the Marquette University Law Review including one year
as a staff editor, publishing on environmental law at  67
Marq. L. Rev. 691 (1984).

Mr. Kelly returned to the classroom in 2000 to next earn his
fourth university degree – this one being a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University.  Mr. Kelly graduated at the top of his MTS class.

One of his class assignments – a piece on the spiritual classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis – had
been published in the August-September, 2002 edition of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Mr. Kelly’s appreciation
for this spiritual classic is noted at several places in his book Cleansing Fire.

After 22 years of practicing law with a prominent Wisconsin law firm, in 2006 Mr. Kelly started his own solo law
practice. He opened his office in a building he and a friend constructed near his rural home located just northeast
of Monroe.   He runs his law practice and writes on theological topics besides the large windows overlooking his
farm of 170 acres of rolling land, prairie flowers and wildlife.

The author of Cleansing Fire, Peter B.
Kelly, is a 52 year old life-long Catholic
and a married father of five (with an
additional 11 miscarried children the
Lord has shown His love for). He and
Christine, his bride of twenty one
years, make their home in a rural
community of southern Wisconsin. Mr.
Kelly is a country lawyer, avid
gardener, gentleman farmer, amateur
carpenter and energetic scholar.
About The Author
Contact Peter B. Kelly:           Phone: 608-325-3222        Fax: 608-325-5560
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