Meet the team serving Faith Formation ministries:

Margaret Lee

Margaret Lee (414-453-7150 x 123 mlee@saintsebs.org) is the full-time Minister for Faith Formation for Youth Minister and Human Concerns Coordinator. 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 role, Margaret focuses on middle school, high school and human concerns. 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

 

 

Jon Metz

Jon Metz (414-453-1061 x 125 jmetz@saintsebs.org), is with us as part-time Adult Minister.  Jon has worked in ministry for many years including the Director of Faith Formation at Lumen Christi Parish in Mequon, Director of Campus Ministry at Cardinal Stritch University, and Youth Minister at St. Anthony on the Lake in Pewaukee.  Jon holds a masters degree in Ministry and a doctorate in Leadership and the Advancement of Learning and Service.

As Adult Faith Formation Minister Jon will be working with Adult Confirmation, RCIA, Baptism Prep, Young Adult Ministry, and other Adult Formation opportunities including Bible studies, Lenten book groups, and small faith sharing groups.

 

 

Joe Sheehan

Joe Sheehan (414-453-7150 x 122 jsheehan@saintsebs.org) is our parish’s Child Sacramental Minister.  As Child Sacraments Coordinator, I will support our 2nd graders and their families as they prepare for and then celebrate Reconciliation and First Eucharist. In the school, I will be teaching 6th grade ELA as well as working to develop a strong retreat program for all grade levels.

My primary vocation is to my amazing wife, Megan, and our three children. Grace (5), John (4), and Clare (4) [yes, twins!] will all be at St. Sebs this year.

My bachelor’s in philosophy and master’s in theology from Boston College have supported my call to teaching in Catholic schools. Over the past eight years, I have taught a number of courses in both middle school and high school: religion, ELA, math, and psychology.

I look forward to partnering with so many of you here and also those at St. Catherine’s Parish. Be assured of my prayers; please pray for me, too. May the Holy Spirit guide us on the journey ahead.

 

They join Faith Formation logistics coordinator Patrick Schley.

Read more about our staff:

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 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.

 

Jon Metz

Who influenced you in the direction of your ministry?

I grew up in the church.  From an early age, my mom, Dr. Kathie Amidei, has worked in ministry.  So I often found myself going to the church after school to help my mom.  I spent many days doing homework in the parish office as my mom was facilitating small groups, running Bible studies, or coordinating child formation classes. So I really grew up in the Church.  When it came time to find my own vocation, I was invited by the pastor of St Anthony on the Lake Fr. Tom Venne (brother to parishioner Judy Ballard) to consider a position at the parish in youth ministry.  It was clear that I had found my calling, and I was able to work alongside my mom at that parish for many years.

What qualities do you bring to your  responsibilities?

I pray that I bring many qualities that can be used to serve the parish.  First, I bring experience.  I have worked in ministry now for 20 years.  I have worked in different ministry settings and in different ministry roles.  Along with my experience, I hope to bring a sense of leadership.  I have had the great fortune to work on strong leadership teams and have had the privilege of mentoring many new ministers.  Finally, I believe I bring a strong faith and spirit of service to St Sebs.  My faith and spirituality are at the core of my motivation for ministry, and I try to engage in a servant leadership model.

Where do you see the most opportunity for growth?

My hope for the community is continued engagement and community building.  Sebs already has a strong community, but there is always opportunity to cultivate more.  I have a vision of developing more small faith sharing groups.  I do believe that parish life begins with a sense of belonging so that people are then comfortable to enter into a deeper sense of faith.

How can parishioners get involved?

Great question…. I am open to suggestions.  Really I am!  As a new member of the pastoral staff, I do not pretend to have all the answers.  I need to spend time learning the parish, getting to know people, and learning about what has been done in the past. I welcome ideas about how to best engage parishioners.  If you don’t have ideas, I welcome a conversation and we can brainstorm together.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am honored to be serving at St Sebastian.  This is my home parish, but I have been serving in other parishes the whole time I have been a member at Sebs. Because of this, I realize I have a lot of learning to do about the community, the programs, and parishioners.  I am excited to learn and to become more involved in this community.  Please be patient with me and make sure to introduce yourself.