Confirmation name: Elizabeth
What I do at St. Monica: I assist the Pastor with the administration of the financial, physical and personnel resources of the parish.
My background: I was born in Milwaukee, WI, and am the youngest of four children. I attended St Eugene grade school and Dominican High School. I went to the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a degree in accounting. I moved to Washington, D.C. following graduation to work for a public accounting firm. I was eventually hired by a client – the Society for Human Resource Management – and worked for them until I move to Indiana. I met my husband, Steve, while living in D.C. Steve was recruited to Indianapolis in 1990 and we dated long distance before getting married in 1992. I have worked for Day Dream Publishing/At-A-Glance/Mead, Shamrock Investments/Roly Poly Restaurants and St. Monica since moving to Indianapolis.
Why I work at St. Monica: Love the people!
Where I usually sit in church: left side
How I would describe St. Monica parish to someone who has never been here: Busy! Vibrant! There is always something going on at St. Monica!
Home, family, pets: Husband-Steve. Children-Kevin (17, Cardinal Ritter Senior); Sarah (16, Cardinal Ritter Sophomore); Brian (14, St Monica 8th grade); Brad (13, St Monica 7th grade). Pet-Sadie (2 yr old wire haired fox terrier).
Favorite Scripture Passage: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
One memory about church growing up: My first (and only) time attending the Easter Vigil was when my husband Steve joined the church. St Monica, 1996. Absolutely beautiful!
Favorite Quote: No gift is ever too small if it is given in good faith.
Confirmation name: I am named after St. Theodora – whose birth name was Anne Therese Guerrin.
What I do at St. Monica: I am Pastoral Associate and work with Social Justice, Evangelization, Small Church Communities, Christ Renews His Parish, and RCIA primarily.
My background: Church and family have always been my passion, and I like to study. I grew up as the second of ten children, to George & Kathleen Zink in Anderson, Indiana. I received my undergraduate degree in English & Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota.
Why I work at St. Monica: I applied to St. Monica because I heard, by chance, about the opportunity to work in Adult Faith Formation. What I wanted to be part of more than anything was the Small Church Communities –at the time I didn’t know just how rich the history of SCC was: that continues to be a blessing to me. I have a passion, as well, for helping a Parish Community welcome newcomers to faith through the RCIA – and for helping Parishioners organize and plan so that as a People we can be an instrument of Christ in our neighborhood and world. Working here continues to inspire and inform me beyond my expectations as I watch and participate in the ministry of St. Monica Parish.
Where I usually sit in church: I actually move around; but I will often be found sitting in the far left section near the front chairs.
How I would describe St. Monica parish to someone who has never been here: I always have to mention the richness of the many cultures, the depth of faith, and the talents of Parishioners when I speak of St. Monica. I think of St. Monica as a Parish with a mature faith, poised to make the faith a vibrant reality in our neighborhood.
Home, family, pets: My husband Jerry and our five children fill a home with love, laughter and a fair amount of activity. Our three oldest children, Thaddeus, Maggie and Lizzie, are all currently at college. Our son Andrew is a junior at Roncalli. Our youngest son, Kieran, was born in Ireland and is currently in seventh grade at St. Mark School. We greatly enjoy our 8 year old, lab-mix dog, Maeva, and our 13 year old cat, Mittens.
Favorite Scripture Passage: I can never pinpoint just one favorite Scripture – I am so happy that the Church gives us the lectionary so that I know what Scripture to treasure each day, since I can’t decide myself. I always have a line or two I carry around from the daily readings: almost always there is a line or two in the daily readings/Psalter that is important to me, and I carry it in my heart for the day or for weeks, months, or even longer.
One memory about church growing up: The stained glass windows in our Church in Anderson fascinated me as a pre-schooler – and they were low enough that I could touch the glass. I was also fascinated by everyone going to communion. The Church building filled me with awe. When I was in Jr. High I loved having breakfast at the “Toast” (and I ordered toast!) with my mom and some of the 80 year old ladies who celebrated the daily Mass. I have always loved the Church as the People of God. I continue to want, more than anything, to build up the People of God – helping us as a People to really come to know the work of God in our midst and in our world, drawing all people to himself in the Church.
Confirmation name: George. For several years I was good friends with my uncle. He taught me how to play chess. While in the care of the sisters at St. Augustine nursing home, he went to church every day and prayed for a cure to my Perthes Disease. In a short time, I no longer needed a brace. When it came time for confirming my faith, George was the only option.
What I do at St. Monica: I lead the daily operations of the school while encouraging all to a strong faith life filled with service to all.
My background: I have worked in a wide range of schools including an all-grade residential locked facility, a public high school, and St. Monica. My bachelor’s degree is from IU in Special Education, my first master’s degree is in instructional delivery and education law from Olivet Nazarene, and my second master’s is from University of Indianapolis in Education Administration.
Why I work at St. Monica: The growth, diversity, community, and Catholic values are the factors that motivated me to start teaching at St. Monica. My children, Jacob and Emily, attended St. Monica from Kindergarten through 8th grade and I see the positive effects that a Catholic education has on the whole child.
Where I usually sit in church: Lately, center left of altar. But we are community movers so we may sit next to someone we do not know to get to know them.
How I would describe St. Monica parish to someone who has never been here: St. Monica parish is a community of several rich cultures that form a unique community of old and young, rich and poor, healthy and infirmed people that support personal as well as communal growth. Everyone can find a place to sit, stand, walk, and run at St. Monica.
Home, family, pets: I live in a single family dwelling within 8 minutes of St. Monica near Marian University. I married my wife, Gara, in 1994, have a 16 year old son, Jacob, and 18 year old daughter, Emily. We have a dog, cat, and had several chickens.
Favorite Scripture Passage: Mark 15:37 – 39 Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” Very emotional passage for me.
One memory about church growing up: I always remembered the funerals. No matter where they were and who they were for, they brought everyone together to celebrate life.
Favorite Quote: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” –Desmond Tutu
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Where I usually sit in church: On the piano/organ bench!
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Confirmation name: My baptismal name is Mary and I believe I was named after my mother, Mary. My mother also had great devotion to Mary, Jesus’ mother, and I think that is also why she named me Mary.
What I do at St. Monica: I am responsible for a variety children’s religious education program and bible study. I coordinate the Sunday school faith formation program for children 3 years old through 8th grade, the SPRED (Special Religious Education Program) for youth, liturgy of the word, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Vacation Bible School. I coordinate the sacrament program for Baptism, (birth thru 1st grade), Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation for youth 2nd through 8th grades which consist of parent information session, preparation of youth, retreat and service. In the adult area I coordinate the SPRED program for adults and the entire bible study program.
My background: I was a teacher for 14 years and have been a DRE for 35 years. I have my Bachelor’s degree in education from St. Mary of the Woods, a Master degree in Education from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral theology from St. Mary of the Wood College
Why I work at St. Monica: I was hired 35 years ago as the Director of Religious Education at the advice of the Diocesan Director of Faith Formation. It was a cultural diverse parish that had a social justice vision and a desire to live the Gospel message and grow in spirituality. That vision is still alive today and I love the people. They challenge me to be a better person by their lives. They have always been very good to me and my family, and I consider them my ‘extended’ family.
Where I usually sit in church: On Saturday I attend mass at St. Mary Parish. When I do attend mass during the week I sit in the center section.
How I would describe St. Monica parish to someone who has never been here: It is a very welcoming parish, consist of diversity culturally, spiritually and financially, it is willing to try new ministries, has many people who volunteer their time and talent and has helped other parishes start new ministries.
Home, family, pets: I live in an historic area on the east side of town, and belong to Holy Cross Parish. My husband John is a retired State Representative of 36 years and teacher at Marian University. We have four daughters and one granddaughter.
Favorite Scripture Passage: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:33-34
One memory about church growing up: Attending mass on Saturday morning with my family in the dark basement of our church also going to confession down there with my class for the First Fridays.