Our 2017 Woman of the Year is Mari Cleveland. Mari, her husband George, and their children John (16) and Lilly (14) have been members of Saint Jude for 14 years.
During her time here, Mari has served a variety of ministries; most notably, she was part of the team that brought CRHP to Saint Jude. After serving on three presenting teams, including Spiritual Director for CRHP 3, Mari now serves as the CRHP Prayer Chain coordinator. She also helped bring the Called and Gifted Workshop to Saint Jude and helped parishioners recognize their individual gifts and talents. As a professional trainer, Mari has spoken atnumerous parish and school events, and led a parish staff retreat at theIgnatius House.
Mari and her family are regulars in Nicaragua, serving with Amigos for Christ to bring clean water to those without. Using her training as a former Stephen
Minister, she serves those in need right here in our local community, as well, by being a Eucharistic Minister to the Sick and Elderly. In addition, she has taught in our Parish School of Religion classes, been an EDGE Core member and has also facilitated several Bible and book studies. Mari is currently serving as chair of our new Stewardship Council.
We congratulate Mari and her family on this well-deserved award! We are blessed that the Cleveland family call Saint Jude home.
Congratulations to our Teen of the Year,Caroline Dietrich! Parents Carol and Eric and brothers Connolly and Cavan, have been members of Saint Jude for 20 years. Her service to our parish began with five years as a dedicated Altar Server. In 9
th grade, Caroline became an integral member of our Life Teen ministry. She currently serves as a Teen leader, recently helping to give a retreat to her fellow Life Teens. She also serves as our Life Teen Lector coordinator, a Eucharistic Minister and is the teen representative to our Missions Ministry. In fact, Caroline’s heart for mission work brought her to Nicaragua each of the past four summers, including a 3 week stay with the Amigos for Christ Servant Leadership internship last summer.
A Senior at Marist, Caroline has been a leader on her campus as well, serving as a Genesis, Nazareth and Emmaus Retreat leader, a Eucharistic Minister and usher, serving on the student liturgical advisory committee, and running cross country and track. But it is her role as an Emmaus Board member that brings her the most joy. Just five seniors are chosen for this role, designed to coordinate the popular Emmaus retreat program and to serve as spiritual leaders on campus.
As a busy teen, we are so grateful Caroline chooses to use her time and gifts to serve those in need around the world and those in our own parish community. We wish her all the best after graduation, and know she will make an impact wherever she goes.