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Dover, Delaware, June 17-24
Stephanie Tierney, Youth Minister
Greetings my newest and dearest St. Fabian Family! Thank you for taking the time to read this and for allowing me just a couple of quick minutes to introduce myself. My name is Stephanie Tierney and I am thrilled to be joining the team here at St. Fabian as the new coordinator of Youth Ministry.
A little bit about who I am: I am the daughter of two amazing parents, the sister to two incredi- ble older sisters (and as luck would have it, two equally awesome brothers-in-law), the aunt to my two best friends in the world (my teenage nieces, Abby and Emily), and the mother to three of the most spoiled, mischievous pups in the world. I was born and raised in Canton and still call it home. I am the product of 12 years of Catholic schooling here in the Archdiocese of Detroit and a very close-knit upbringing that was centered around faith and Jesus.
I spent 16 years in full-time Youth Ministry at St. Thomas a’Becket Parish in Canton before taking a quick two year break in 2018. Up to that point, all I had known was a life in ministry. I wanted to see what else was out there; was I meant to be do- ing something else with my life? So, after 16 years, I set off to figure out just that. You know that old saying, If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans? Well, I am more than certain I gave Him quite the chuckle.
I landed a great job in the non-profit world and things were great, but I very quickly learned the answer to that question of mine. And the answer was a resounding NO - No, I was not meant to be doing something else with my life. (You would think that I would have learned my lesson then and stopped trying to fight God on what's best for me, but as the youngest sibling of three, arguing is one of my greatest qualities. I am very much a work in progress...) It didn't take long for me to realize that Youth Ministry was and still is truly where I belong, and I found myself missing it like I never imagined. And just like that, here I am. I am back home; I am back home where I belong. The Holy Spirit really does work in some pretty powerful ways sometimes, huh?
I am beyond grateful and blessed for the opportunity to work alongside Anthony as he transitions out of Youth Ministry and prepares to enter seminary in the Fall and I am humbled at the opportunity to be passed this torch. I am so looking forward to meeting you, getting to know you, and joining you on your faith journeys. It's a wild ride, our faith journeys, and I promise to be there with you every step of the way! Thank you for allowing me that opportunity and for trusting me to do so.