The mission of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry is life-long and year-round.  We work with the pastor and other parish ministries to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ alive in our community, in our homes, and within our hearts.  We strive to be attentive to the needs and concerns of the parish while remaining faithful to the Gospel challenge to proclaim the Kingdom on earth.

As some parishes are struggling to attract young people, our Saint Sebastian/Saint Catherine collaboration is finding that a growing number of young families choose to call us home – we had some 60 baptisms at Saint Sebastian alone last year. We believe our strong school, active community and vibrant liturgies are leading people here to the west side.

Yet, while some of our specific programs are strong, our parish leadership sees a need to consider the changing nature of faith formation in our parishes and the ever-increasingly changing society. That’s why we are moving forward with an exciting vision of lifelong faith formation.

We are pleased to announce those who are serving in these Faith Formation ministries:

Margaret Lee

Margaret Lee (414-453-1061 x 123 mlee@saintsebs.org) is the new full-time Minister for Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults. Margaret served for two years as our Confirmation Coordinator and worked at St. Martin de Porres and All Saints as youth minister. She has taught middle school religion at Mother of Good Counsel School. In her new role, Margaret will focus on middle school, high school and young adults, including new parents. That means:

  • Overseeing Faith Formation for grades 7-12, including retreats and working with catechists, and Youth Confirmation
  • Supporting youth service, sports and social opportunities, including older students in the school
  • Addressing liturgical, prayer, formation and social opportunities for young adults

Amy Rebholz

Amy Rebholz (414-453-1061 x 122 arebholz@saintsebs.org) is our new part-time Minister for Faith Formation for Children in kindergarten through Grade 6. Amy is completing her degree work in Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary. Most of her ministry has been associated with UW-Milwaukee’s Newman Center and Brew City Catholics, as well as ministry coordination as part of her graduate theology program. Her focus is running the Sunday morning Faith Formation program, including catechist training. She’s also the person to contact about:

  • Quarterly Family Ministry Programs
  • Reconciliation and Eucharist Sacramental Programs
  • Monthly Children’s Liturgy of the Word
  • Summer Vacation Bible School

Ed Duncklee

Ed Duncklee (414-453-1061 x 125 eduncklee@saintsebs.org), former Director of Faith Formation, will remain with us as part-time Minister for Faith Formation for Adults. He will work with adults in all our programs and continue leading the RCIA Program for those adults entering the faith, and he’ll also have greater involvement with

  • Human Concerns Committee
  • Study groups
  • Retreats

They join Faith Formation logistics coordinator Patrick Schley.

Continue reading to learn more about our new team!

Margaret Lee

Who influenced you in the direction of your ministry?

My parents both worked for non-profits and modeled Christian virtues. My father, for 20 years until his early death, was co-director of St. Ben’s meal program. My mom has been teaching for Marquette High School for 18 years and for 24 years prior she was in church ministry. My grandfather who graduated in the Milwaukee Archdiocese’s first class of permanent deacons, has served as a prison minister for 35 years and whose knowledge of the bible is remarkable. He was most influential as I spent a lot of time with him as a child and continued to admire him more and more as I grow up. Fr. John Celichowski, OFM Cap., my first pastor as a boss, who taught me how to be both pastoral and professional.

What qualities do you bring to your new responsibilities?

I am a product of Catholic schools and a very Catholic family, so first and foremost, my greatest quality is service. And I am here to serve the spiritual needs of youth, young adults and their families, but that is really my passion in life, to be of service and to act this way in my relations with all people on my journey of life. Jesus was here for everyone, no exclusions and without judgement. I have been known to be kind and understanding, both qualities I am proud of and also admire in others. In addition, I am smart, open-minded and a perfectionist. I will always give 100 percent to every task and do my best with great effort.

Where do you see the most opportunity for growth?

I think the most opportunity is in creating programs for 12th graders and young adults. I do not have to do what has always been done, yet I have the opportunity to create something new and engaging for a very important group within the parish. I am blessed to have had the opportunity of bonding faithfully with the current 12th graders and those going into their first year of college. So that gives me an insight into what their needs might be and where their interests lie. I also see an opportunity to help parents love their kids and teach them how to be good, loving and intentional people, to help foster personal and spiritual growth, while encouraging them to be their best selves founded in the teaching of the church.

How can parishioners get involved?

Communicate with me! I think all parishioners who share in the love of this community, and for the youth and young adults, could find a way to be involved, and I hope to have ample and fruitful contribution and participation from those who share in this passion. Please know that I welcome any and all ideas, feedback and questions. Also, of course, if anyone is willing and wanting to share their time, talents or treasures, we invite you to please do so!

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my ministry at St. Catherine and St. Sebastian Parishes. I look forward to engaging with more families and to being of great service.

 

Amy Rebholz

Who influenced you in the direction of your ministry?

Early in my faith development, my parents were huge advocates in helping me begin and stay involved in my faith. This is why I see so much value now in addressing faith growth within the family household. I’m also getting married on August 3rd of this year to Nino, who is my biggest cheerleader and advocate for my direction of ministry. Nino serves within the ministry field as the youth minister at the four-parish family on the east side of Milwaukee. Together, we work as a dynamic, high-spirited team who are active within the community. Being that we met in a faith setting, we both continue to encourage and motivate each other to grow deeper and move closer to the plan that God may have in store for us.

What qualities do you bring to your new responsibilities?

As a youth-filled adult, I bring much enthusiasm and energy to my new responsibilities. On top of this, I hold the characteristics of understanding and empathy with high regard. In working with people, it is very important to always be open minded and have a keen ear to listen to another’s point of view. I am a quick learner who loves to have fun yet am very disciplined and organized with an education that helps me maintain the understanding of the pillars of faith to be shared with members of the parishes.

Where do you see the most opportunity for growth?

As a new employee, it is sometimes difficult to know exactly what areas of growth are needed;  however, I would love to emphasize nurturing lifelong faith formation of children along with their families. I would love to accentuate the participation in family and intergenerational ministry. Faith cannot be designated to one grade level or various concepts, but rather can only be described as a journey. While keeping in mind that each individual is at a different part of their journey and experiencing different life occurrences, I would love to highlight the importance of family involvement in a growing faith community.

How can parishioners get involved?

There are many ways that parishioners can get involved and all forms are welcome and needed. First, becoming a catechist is a great way to get involved. Teaching children and youth should not be seen as an intense role that is only open to those formally educated in the faith. Rather, I would like to invite all parishioners to be welcome, and further encouraged, to become a Catechist of the Faith. This experience may help you grow in faith more than you’d expect!  Another way parishioners can get involved is to volunteer for Faith Formation Sessions, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist Faith Sessions and Retreats, as well as in organizational aspects within Children’s Ministry. Every voice and idea deserves to be heard, and it would be a great delight to hear from you!

Anything else you’d like to add?

Truly, if you want to get involved, do not hesitate! I would greatly appreciate your time and talents in helping  influence  children’s lives. I am beyond excited to serve the parish through targeting primarily the children and family faith formation program. If you have any questions, comments, or would like to simply talk, feel free to contact me!