We have hired a new Director of Religious Education (D.R.E.): Meaghen Igloria! Meaghen joined Holy Redeemer Parish with her husband, Ronan, when they moved to this area in 2004. Meaghen served on the Restore and Renew Committee as well as the Pastoral Council with Fr. Joe Corpora. She volunteered for the school auction for four years with Fr. John Dougherty. The Igloria’s are blessed with four children: John Paul (9th grade), Patrick (6th grade), Lucy (2nd grade), and Gabe (3 years). Meaghen is currently earning a Certificate of Theology from the McGrath Institute of the University of Notre Dame. Here’s some words from Meaghen:
Hello Holy Redeemer!
I am thrilled to be joining the parish as Director of Religious Education. My role will be focused on the youth of Holy Redeemer Parish and the adults who love and nurture them. I firmly believe that there is no such thing as “other people’s children” and this is especially true in our church life. As a community of believers we all can model to our youth the face of Christ and the unconditional love that God has for each one of us.
My hope is to provide solid religious formation in a context of joy, relevance, and in partnership with families. Since September I have been leading the First Reconciliation classes (along with my amazing partners Maggie Loughran and Brian Igel). This age is sweet and spirited and I have learned so much from them! In my second year I will be leading Confirmation and introducing a style of programming that I believe will become our parish-wide model for religious education. Caring adults with a strong sense of faith will be invited to mentor our teens in small groups. Through relational ministry, the mentors will support the students to grow in faith and into the saints that God has called us all to be. We will start small and grow big over time!
At the center of our faith is the ultimate Truth; that Jesus died to rise again. Like the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, Jesus invites us to take up our cross and to follow him, and to see in every person we meet the image and likeness of God. The crosses that our children bear in this 21st century, are both familiar and very new. What we can give them is the reassurance of God’s presence with us until the end of time and Jesus truly present to us in the Eucharist. While the content of Jesus’ message remains constant, our kids need for us to understand their needs and challenges and be ready to discuss them with openness and love.
Please pray for me as I undertake this new role. I am someone who likes to give my all to the projects I am passionate about. My four children are at the top of that list! As Gabriel, the youngest, makes his way through the preschool at Holy Redeemer next year I will devote more and more to this important mission.