St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church - Naperville, IL

Who’s Who in Faith Formation

Name: Kasia Williams

Grade or level where you minister:
Pre-Kindergarten

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 2 years

Why I teach: I love seeing God in the eyes of little children


Name: Carrie Wujek

Grade or level where you minister: Junior high, high school and adults

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: More than 10 years

Why I teach: Sharing faith allows me to get to know others on a deeper level.


Name: Heather Marzano

Grade or level where you minister: First grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 2 years

Why I teach: It is a privilege to teach RE.


Name: Sarah Dunne

Grade or level where you minister: First grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 4 years

Favorite moment: I always love to watch the children make First Communion


Name: Theresa Abecia

Grade or level where you minister: Third grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 2 years

Favorite moment: When we all have spontaneous prayer in a circle.


Name: Colleen Steffgen

Grade or level where you minister: Pre-Kindergarten

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 12 years

Favorite moment: When one of my students told me that, when you don’t have vacations planned, you die and then become angels!!!


Name: Dawn Kozala

Grade or level where you minister: First grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 8 years

Favorite moment: When one of my students saw me outside of class and called me God’s teacher!


Name: Jennifer Burgess

Grade or level where you minister: 2nd grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 5 years

Favorite moment: When a child’s face lights up feeling the love and acceptance of God


Name: Darlene Dionne-Karales

Grade or level where you minister: 6th grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: More than 27 years

Why you do it: I love learning more about my faith from the students.


Name: Grace McCoy

Grade or level where you minister: Kindergarten

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 3 years

Why you do it: To see the moment when the children get to realize how powerful God is and they can always trust in him.


Name: Joy Matias

Grade or level where you minister: Middle school

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 5 years

Why you do it: God has called me to serve my brothers and sisters.


Name: Mary Szczap

Grade or level where you minister: 6th grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 21 years

Why you do it: To see the smiling faces that have been touched through the years


Name: Tammy Winn Bocher

Grade or level where you minister: 2nd grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 2 years

Why you do it: I think there is value in passing on our Catholic Christian tradition — the stories, rituals, and prayers. It gives us a framework within which we can share our faith with one another and the chance to build a love-centered community.


Name: Sue Cornell-Ohl

Grade or level where you minister: RCIA and adult Confirmation

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 23 years

Why you do it: It enriches my own faith journey.


Name: Jen Berg

Grade or level where you minister: 4th grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 4 years

Favorite moment: Teaching 2nd grade and helping my daughter and her classmates receive First Communion


Name: Sharon Sugas

Grade or level where you minister: 5th grade coordinator

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 20 years

Why you do it: I do it to always share that God loves us all.


Name: Missy Ernst

Grade or level where you minister: 1st grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 2 years

Why you do it:  I love when the kids share their beliefs and faith with me…it reminds me why I love God.


Name: Kathy and Elijah Powell

Grade or level where you minister: 8th grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: Kathy: 5 years, Elijah: 2 years

Why you do it: (Kathy) I love hearing from kids how I’ve made a difference in their faith journey. (Elijah) I like helping other people.


Name: Name: Gail Micheau

Grade or level where you minister: High school Confirmation retreat team

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 5 years

Why you do it: Seeing God working in the teens inspires me.


Timothy Berglind

Name: Timothy Berglind

Grade or level where you minister: 8th grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: Starting my third year

Why you do it: I’m hoping our young people feel comfortable about their faith.


Gina Howley and her family

Name: Gina Howley

Grade or level where you minister: 5th grade

Number of years you’ve volunteered in Faith Formation: 9 years

Why you do it: I do it mostly because listening to 5th graders talk about God brings me great joy!