Dates: 1997-2000

The Church of St. Francis de Sales (closed 2004) was an innovative and socially-conscious multicultural urban parish focused on responding to the needs of the urban poor in Utica, New York.

As Lay Minister for Liturgy, Outreach, and Pastoral Care, I coordinated and collaborated on various aspects of parish-based direct service ministries for persons and families in economic need (food pantry, clothing store) and engaged with associated independent parish-sponsored ministries focused on meeting needs of families in poverty in the local community (e.g. walk-in health care clinic, hospice for the poor, home for at-risk teen women, soup kitchen, refugee resource center). I provided leadership for ongoing development of vibrant multicultural worship services which incorporated Anglo, Vietnamese, and Sudanese Catholic traditions. I was part of team-based pastoral care at local psychiatric center facility, including group religious instruction and bible study. I produced videos to enhance communication about the parish and its work in the local media through public access programming. I co-led retreats with young adults seeking immersion experiences in parish ministries and spiritual reflection activities.

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