Care Team, Cathedral Young Adults (C-YA), Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Lector
Parishioner since 2001
Press Secretary for Speaker Tom Craddick
In what ministries have you been involved with in the past?
I was a member of the Capitol Campaign for Our Faith Our Legacy.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering at the Cathedral? What do you get out of it?
It has allowed me to be an active part of the parish community rather than just a Sunday mass attendee.
When I am of service to others, it allows me to take the focus off of myself and place it on those who need it. The feeling I have when I am involved in service work is unparalleled.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as a Cathedral volunteer?
Few things give me more joy than being able to provide the Eucharist to other Catholics. I am extremely fulfilled by participating in this important sacrament in this way.
Why does volunteering matter?
Every member of the parish has a unique set of gifts, and it is important that we share those. That is what enriches a community -- bringing our gifts to the table and allowing others to benefit from them.
What are your other interests?
I am an avid runner and have recently discovered Austin's greenbelt where I frequently hike with my dog. I also enjoy tennis, photography, hunting, fishing, golf, reading and writing. My favorite thing, though, is to spend time with my family and friends.
What advice would you give to a parishioner new to volunteering?
I tend to be fairly shy until I am comfortable in a new environment. As a result, I waited five years to get involved in the Cathedral community. In retrospect, my experience with the church would probably have been a lot richer had I gotten involved when I first joined. So, my suggestion to others would be to get involved, even if it is in a very small way. It will open many other doors for you in the community, and I believe can add a lot more to your Cathedral experience.