Could you give us an example of your participation in the parish?
I serve as Music Ministry Coordinator for our four English-speaking masses here at St. Luke Parish. In addition to singing and playing piano for our masses, I work with our vocal ensembles at our 9:30 am and 11:00 am masses, and hope to increase our parish participation in music through the use of more instrumentalists!
What do you feel nourishes your Catholic Spirituality?
In addition to Mass, frequent scripture reading on my own and listening to great talks is a way I help stay connected with the Lord, especially through the business of Graduate School at ASU! God is always present, so carving out intentional prayer time is important and always gives me a sense of connecting with the Creator of the Universe.
Can you give us an example of something you treasure at St. Luke?
I truly treasure our musicians here at St. Luke and their openness always to try new things! You don't always have that blessing everywhere, so I am extraordinarily grateful for it!
Could you name one or two persons who have been influential in your Catholic faith? Why?
My parents have certainly been the most influential "practitioners" of the faith. Their genuine, heartfelt love for God and to see us all raised with an understanding of a Biblical worldview helped me face many challenges the world presents us with. My father is a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and has been a Pastoral Administrator (the parish leader) of parishes in the Diocese of Rochester for over 20 years.
What is your favorite Scripture passage?
"For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39 [Amplified version]
If you at all have a desire to share your time and talent with our music ministry, please contact me! Together, we can create relevant, engaging music for our liturgy that draws our community closer to the love of God, challenging us and changing us to become the person He desires us to be.