How long have you been a member of St John Vianney Catholic Church? I have been a member for a grand total of 15 years, interrupted by a move elsewhere for 14 years.
What is your family’s background? Where are you from originally? I was born in the jungles of eastern Venezuela of naturalized U.S. citizens who both had been born in Ireland.
How do you live your Catholic Faith? I try to be a good Catholic by involving myself in a growing prayer life and by volunteering at Joseph’s Coat (our resale shop), co-facilitating the Walking Through Grief program, and taking the Holy Eucharist every Sunday to the homebound.
How has your involvement at the Parish impacted/changed your life? I am benefiting immensely from the bible studies in the parish as well as the discussion groups which take place in a home in my neighborhood. The seed for this continuing fellowship was sewn with the Catholicism series by Fr. Barron, which thousands of parishioners attended.
What is special about SJV? Do you have a special memory/anecdote you would like to share? The people! By involving myself more, I have met a myriad of fellow Catholics, like myself, who are trying to become more Christ-like and perhaps less egocentric.
What do you tell your friends & family about SJV? They know that SJV is not only my spiritual home, but it is also a place I can go and meet up with friends. I can pop into the Adoration Chapel to pray or I can or pop into Joseph’s Coat for a lot of laughter.
What would you say to someone new who wants to get more involved in the church? Just do it! You will be thankful you did. The rewards are great. I have seen several people who were broken with grief who courageously decided to volunteer at SJV in some capacity and are now surrounded by people united in doing the Lord’s work. I would also urge cradle Catholics to learn more about the richness of the Old Testament. Our Judeo-Christian roots are old and deep.