June 1, 2014
Dear Parish Community,
I am excited to share with the St. Joseph community that Brendan Corrigan is joining our parish staff and family on June 2nd as our Junior High and Young Adult Minister and will assist Mary Ellen Ewers-Pena with High School Youth Ministry. Brendan will be working with the youth and young adults of our parish through a variety of events and activities. He is eager to start working with the St. Joseph family and grow a stronger relationship with Jesus together.
Brendan joins St. Joseph after recently serving 27 months with the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. As a Youth Development Volunteer, Brendan participated in numerous activities to promote education, youth leadership, girl empowerment, health awareness and taught English at a local secondary school. Some of his favorite events include painting a world map with high school students, tutoring/watching one of his 7th grade students win 2nd place in a National Spelling Bee Competition and organizing a week long summer camp for 6th-8th graders living in Southern Benin. In his hometown of Benin, Brendan belonged to St.Michael Parish and attended Church masses in both French and the local-language (Mina).
Brendan was raised in an Irish-Catholic family by his parents, John and Diane, and with his older siblings, Colleen and Patrick. Brendan attended Westlake City Schools and both St. Bernadette and St.Ladislas PSR programs. At St.Ladislas, Brendan worked at the parish office as a youth assistant and volunteered with many groups and events including Generations of Faith, WAY Group, and helped serve meals at the Ames Hospice Home.
After graduating from Westlake High School, Brendan attended Wittenberg University. He was involved in many activities including the Newman Club and served as a Eucharistic Minister for weekly masses on campus. Service was a major part of Brendan’s college expierence. He served as Volunteer Coordinator for his fraternity, helped coordinate and fundraise for an after-school program for middle school students in the local Springfield community, volunteered and lead two Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break trips and traveled to Lesotho, Africa on a month long Summer Service-Learning trip with other Wittenberg students.
Brendan is joining the St. Joseph Family with a large background of working with youth and young adults in a variety of settings. He is excited to share his faith journey and experiences with our parish as well as continue to grow in his own relationship with God. Brendan has been motivated and inspired by youth both in the U.S. and abroad and is enthusiastic about continuing God’s work here at St. Joseph. Please feel free to introduce yourselves so he can better get to know our family here.
Please help me in extending a warm welcome to Brendan as we move forward in faith together.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Ron Wearsch