Staff

Staff

High School Youth Minister and Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Rick Olivarez

Our new Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Rick Olivarez, is seeking his Master’s in Systematic Theology from St. Mary’s University. He is a graduate and sometimes co-facilitator of the Lay Ministry Institute at Oblate School of Theology and a spiritual director. Rick has spent the last 8 years coordinating the Faith Formation catechetical program at St. Luke Catholic Church. He is also a proud father and grandfather. Rick takes the formation of the Catholic Faith in our children seriously, but himself not so much. Rick has been known to make his point (teach) using various characters, costumes, and personas. More importantly, Rick sees catechesis as a relational ministry, one that requires him to model Christ and His love for the sake of bringing children into a deeper understanding of who Christ is and how important He needs to be in our lives. 

 

Middle School Youth Minister

Stephanie Galle

Stephanie grew up in St. Mark’s parish since fifth grade. Throughout the years she and her family have been involved in many ministries including CYO, RCIA, faith formation, EDGE, LifeTeen, and more. God’s love, her family, friends, and parish community inspired her to pursue God and a life in his ministry!

She is BEYOND EXCITED to be joining the youth ministry team at St. Marks in January 2017 as the EDGE (Middle School) youth minister! Stephanie received her Bachlor of Arts in Theology and Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Now… she is blessed and ecstatic about serving the Lord, families, and teens here at St. Marks!

 

RICA, Catechumenate for Children, Spiritual Director, and Quinceaneras' Coordinator

Anne Kemper

Anne  Katherine  Burke Kemper

A Chicagoan by birth, Irish-American by heritage, Hispanic at heart

Involved in the Ministry of Evangelization and Catechesis since the middle 60’s

 A Spiritual Director since 1998

First in her local parish in the northern suburbs of Chicago and then, by the grace of God,

Privileged to live, worship, learn, and work for the Church in Mexico, East Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia, and finally here in San Antonio which has been home for twenty four years, twenty-three   and a half of which have been spent  serving at St. Mark the Evangelist in the Office of Faith Formation.

Involved in the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults   and   the same RCIA Adapted for Children since the late 1970’s when it was still a provisional rite.  Since its formal adoption as a canonical Rite in 1988 by the US Catholic Bishops it has become the normal path for adults and children of catechetical age  to come into the Catholic Church as converts and/or to celebrate the sacraments  of Initiation.    (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist)

Anne is the widow of Bob Kemper, mother of seven children, and grandmother of 13 very interesting young  people .