Director of Religious Education
Hello! I'm Samantha, but you can call me Sam. I am so blessed to be the Director of Relgious Education here at the Basilica of St. Josaphat.
I'll let you know a little secret about me...I did not grow up Catholic! However, my relationship with Christ started at a young age. With the support of family, my faith growing up laid the foundation for prayer, discernment, and deeper surrender to God's will that I would need later in my life.
I started my time at Marquette University as a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major with the intention of becoming a doctor who travelled the world on mission. A couple of months in, I met this very interesting guy (I mean, he was half Irish, half Syrian with a really cool name!) at a non-denominational group I was a part of and we quickly hit it off. Drawn to him because of his love for Jesus, for prayer, and for the Scriptures, you could imagine my surprise when he invited me to attend Mass with him one Sunday. Since I grew up with some mixed notions about Catholics, this guy opened the door into the world of Catholics who love Jesus, who have a deep interior and spiritual life of prayer, and who love the Catholic Church.
About a year later, I changed my major to Theology and Psychology. I learned so much about the Catholic Church and fell in love with Jesus Christ in a deeper way. In March of 2008, I was brought into full communion with the Church.
Once I graduated from Marquette in 2009 with a degree in Theology and Psychology, I spent two years as a missionary for the Evangelical Catholic, a non-profit ministry organization that seeks to bring the New Evangelization to campus ministries and parishes across the country. This experience revealed to me that the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few and that God was calling me to full-time parish ministry.
From 2011-2015, I served as a Youth Minister and Minister of Evangelization with a parish in the western part of the Archdiocese until the Lord called me to serve Him and the community of the Basilica. I'm so excited to co-labor with you in order to make disciples of all nations, especially our community!
Oh, I forgot! That guy that I mentioned earlier? Well, we started dating our freshmen year in college and got married in the Spring of 2012. A year later, we welcomed our joy-filled little man into this world and we now await the birth of our beautiful daughter in late August. God is so good!
Please pray for all the ministries that prepare our community to receive the Sacraments, especially that we all fall more in love with Christ in the Eucharist.
As St. Therese of Lisieux said, "Do you realized that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you---for you alone? He burns with desire to come into your heart..."