Hello fellow parishioners! I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio as a big buckeye fan. I attended Bishop Ready High School on the West side of Columbus – go silver knights! After realizing my passion for sharing in Christ’s life, solidarity with the poor, and for Theology, I decided to pursue a degree in Theology with minors in Peace and Justice Studies and Social Work at Xavier University. During my time at Xavier, I was a core team member for Bellarmine’s Youth Group and Confirmation classes. In addition, I worked with Dr. Gillian Ahlgren as her assistant for her Non-Profit Resources for Renewal. This experience lead me to spend a month and a half in Assisi, Italy working with Gillian and the surrounding community. In addition, I had the pleasure of participating in Alternative Breaks which gave me a wonderful perspective on service-learning and being in “Solidarity with, not for, others.” During these formative years at Xavier, I grew in a passion for leading teens and young adults to Christ through experiential learning, active service opportunities, and engaging faith-based activities.
My hopes and dreams for this program stem from my experience in Franciscan Spirituality, Ignatian Spirituality and Pope Francis’ message for young people. Pope Francis invites the youth to BE MORE! He says,
“Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master. The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism”
-Pope Francis, Letter to Young People 2017
I look forward to leading as a steadfast witness to the teens of Saint John and for them to be witnesses to each other as well. Let us all pray for a flourishing and spirited community where the teens can grow in the Truth and love of God.