Director of Youth Ministry
My name is Kristen Juda and I am the Director of Youth Ministry working with our 7 - 12th grade students.
I graduated from Franciscan University with a dual degree in Theology and Catechesis. I served as a youth minister for 2 years in VA Beach and spent the last 6 years working in campus ministry for George Mason University in Fairfax, VA- teaching RCIA, leading retreats, mission trips, and spearheading a leadership development program. I am excited to work and be formed alongside you all so we can work together to help deepen the spiritual lives of our young people.
To all my 7 - 12th grade students: My desire is to get to know each of you and what it is that you love. A bit about me...I love my family, Chick-fil-a, football (Go Bills!), Hobby Lobby, and trying new coffee shops. I have snow-boarded in the Alps and got a black-eye while white water rafting (ask me about that later). But the greatest adventure, the greatest love of my life has been coming to know Jesus, present in the Eucharist.
I want to leave you with a quote from one of my favorite saints, Pope John Paul II:
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.” Pope Saint John Paul II