The Way of the Disciple...
Hello! My name is Megan Moore, and I am very excited to be serving the faith community here at St. Mary Catholic Church as the new Director of Faith Formation. Here is a little bit about me: I am originally from Waterloo, where I attended Catholic schools for twelve years. During my junior high and high school years, I was heavily involved in youth ministry and various other ministries at my home parish. I loved sharing the Gospel with others, but never considered it as a possibility for a career. I then moved next door to Cedar Falls where I attended UNI for two years before transferring to Loras College in Dubuque to pursue a degree in Religious Studies and Theology. (I think I always knew I was called to ministry, it just took me awhile to give in to God’s call.)
My journey then took me up to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. While up in the Great North, I pursued a master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas. At the same time, I also worked at Hill-Murray School, a Benedictine and Lasallian school for students in grades 6-12, as a middle school religion teacher and campus minister in charge of prayer and worship. I was one busy little bee. While I sincerely enjoyed my time in Minnesota, I was eagerly awaiting an opportunity- - the right opportunity - -that would bring me back home to the Archdiocese of Dubuque. As the Holy Spirit would have it, an opportunity presented itself here at St. Mary, and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously, the people of St. Mary’s have been so welcoming and kind. Additionally, this is a vibrant parish seeking spiritual nourishment, fellowship, and opportunities for stewardship; and I am enthusiastic about helping to fulfill these yearnings in my new position.
Last year, The Bible Timeline/Great Bible Adventure was certainly a high note for the parish, and I am excited to tell you we are planning on continuing that momentum this year. The Faith Formation Commission and I are looking at some great material not only for this year, but also for the future. I am excited to share all of this with you and to help each of you grow in your relationship with God. My philosophy for ministry and living out our Catholic identity, which fits quite nicely with our “Christmas in July” theme, is that we should celebrate Christmas everyday. You might be thinking, “Hold on, now. Everyday?!” I’m serious. Here’s the way I see it: Christmas marks the day that Mary introduced Christ to the world--the Incarnation. If we, in our hearts and with our lives, celebrate Christmas everyday, then we are making it our mission to share Jesus with the world every single day. So, Merry Christmas to you!
Director of Faith Formation