Please welcome our new RCIA ministry leader
After graduating from St. Mary’s School of Radiologic Technology in Madison, she took a job in Waukegan, Illinois, met her husband, and had three children. As the children became old enough to attend preschool at St. Anastasia Parish, she found herself volunteering and soon became the person in charge of Vacation Bible School.
As her children entered grade school at St. Anastasia she became an aide in the school’s junior high and taught in the Confirmation program.
While raising her family, working a full-time job, and helping to run the St. Dismas religious education program, she went back to school part-time to earn her Bachelor’s Degree at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.
As of the result of the experience gained at St. Dismas she realized she was being called to work in religious education and returned to school to earn her Master’s Degree in Religious Education, as well as earning certificates in Family Faith Development and in Youth Ministry, from Loyola University of Chicago.
After receiving her degree from Loyola, she and her husband moved to Cross Plains, Wisconsin to enable her to accept a position as the Director of Religious Education for St. Francis Xavier Parish.
During the time spent in Cross Plains, her husband passed away and she realized she needed to be closer to her family, so she “retired” and moved to Waterford.
After joining St. Clare and helping as a catechist for a year, the parish needed someone to run their religious program and asked her if she was interested. She quickly came out of “retirement” to return to the work she loves.
After 6 years she retired from St. Clare’s program but realized she was not really suited for retirement and gladly accepted Fr. Ed’s invitation to take over the RCIA (Rite of Christian initiation Formation) program for St. Clare and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes.
“It feels so good to be able to continue to spread the Good News!”