“I was brought up Catholic (what some call a “cradle Catholic”). I was pretty active in my faith in high school, but college provided a new and different set of challenges as I struggled with maintaining and nurturing my faith. Looking back, Jesus was constantly pursuing a relationship with me throughout these years, as I often found myself compelled to go to the chapel when things got hard. At times I repressed these longings with worldly excuses. Upon returning home from college, I found myself lost and confused about what I was going to do with my future. I turned to the Bible for guidance at a time when I couldn’t think of anywhere else to turn and found literally everything I needed to hear in the previous four years. I fell in love with the Church all over again. I was deeply moved to somehow make sure that teens knew the importance of maintaining their faith throughout their young adult years. My experience would have been a lot different if I had. I started volunteering in Youth Ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull which eventually led to my current position as a Youth Minister at St. Joseph Parish in Shelton. I have met so many wonderful witnesses to the Catholic faith along the way, many of whom have now become my dear friends. Along with my job as a Youth Minister, I am also pursuing my Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville online. I continue to grow in my faith and relationship with Christ and look forward to what God has in store for me in the future.”
– Libby Clyons, youth minister, Trumbull, CT
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