As some of you may know, our youth minister, Claudia Lopez, will be leaving youth ministry this September. Claudia, I wish to publicly thank you for your efforts over the past two years and recognize your work here at Saint Anne.
When Claudia came to our parish, we were in a particularly difficult situation – we had been without a youth minister for over a year. Youth Ministry can be very challenging, but Claudia embraced it with dedication and joy. She also completed studies in theology at the Kino Institute in order to be more qualified for the mission that our Lord entrusted to her in our community.
Thank you very much, Claudia, for all of your great work in service to our children and youth. May God, who rewards all we do for love of Him, reward you abundantly for your contribution to the apostolic work of the parish. We trust that we will see you at Saint Anne as a volunteer and parishioner. This will always be your home.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Youth Minister, John Caballero. John is launching this project of evangelization with the passion and enthusiasm that characterizes him. He is leaving a profession that he likes very much, but is happy to do so for Christ. John is a Knight of Columbus, a member of Catholics in Action and one of the pilgrims who accompanied me on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in June 2014. He has also collaborated in many other parish ministries including door-to-door evangelization.
I am confident that all of his good qualities in service to the highest ideal – the salvation of souls – will bear much fruit at Saint Anne. His initiative and spirit, his love for Christ and the Church, his desire to be generous with God and his apostolic zeal make him ideal for the responsibility that he is about to assume.
John, thank you very much for trusting God and putting yourself in his hands in this new phase of your life. May your fidelity to prayer, without which we can do nothing, allow your humble obedience and your determination to make fruitful this ministry that you are about to begin. God bless you.