WELCOME MICHAEL, ANNA & KAREN!
As was announced in Fr. John’s column and in the worship section of our bulletin, Our Lady of Mercy welcomes three new members to our parish team:
Our new Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministries is a young man currently ministering and living in Wisconsin, Michael Servis. Michael has recently been associated with an organization called SPIRITUS. SPIRITUS came forth from the Church’s call for a New Evangelization, and has as its mission inspiring and igniting the faith of young people through retreats, spiritual programs and Bible studies to live as disciples of Christ in the world today and to take one leadership roles in the Church. In his years with SPIRITUS Michael has worked with other young adults leading more than 160 youth retreats as well as bi-monthly Bible studies entitled “Teen Disciples.” Prior to his association with SPIRITUS, he was a full-time volunteer assistant to the Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Michael holds a B.A. from the University of Maine in Political Science & International Affairs, with a minor in French. He has also studied abroad in Belgium and France.
The second new staff member is Anna LaNave who was hired as the Pastoral Associate for Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization. Anna grew up in California and now resides with her husband and four children in Northern Virginia. Anna has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Political Science and Government and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies with a concentration in Adult Faith Formation from the Washington Theological Union. Her thesis was on “Conversion and the Returning Catholic.” She has also co-authored a book entitled When They Come Home: Ways to Welcome Returning Catholics. Anna spent more than a decade as a lobbyist, but for the last eleven years has worked as the “Landings” parish coordinator at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington. She has also served as a resource person for the Archdiocese of Washington in Adult Faith Formation and helped develop a survey for the archdiocese in the area of young adult ministry.
The third person joining our parish team is coming to us in two capacities. Karen Rappaport has been hired by our school as the new part-time music teacher and by the parish as our new Children’s Choir Director. Karen’s most recent position was with Beavoir, the National Cathedral School. Prior to her years at Beavoir, Karen was the Fine Arts and Music Teacher at Holy Cross Elementary School in Garrett Park.
We welcome Michael, Anna and Karen to Our Lady of Mercy and assure them of our prayers as they begin their ministries with us.