It was 12 years ago today, on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 that I replaced Father (now Bishop) Mark Hagemoen as the Director of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. I was excitable, passionate, and eager to learn. And I had no idea what the Lord had in store for me.
As an aside, I can’t really remember why I started on a Tuesday and not the Monday prior. Maybe it had to do with my former employer PricewaterhouseCoopers. Or perhaps it had to do with staffing issues at the Archdiocese. But I digress.
I inherited a staff consisting of Gerard Garcia, Pat Gillespie, Analyn Perez, and Rob Mascitti. We quickly hit it off, as I knew all of them reasonably well – and in Gerard’s case, very well – through my involvement with the archdiocese while I was serving as the parish youth ministry coordinator at St. Paul Parish in Richmond.
What impressed me right away was the dedication and commitment that the staff had to their work and their ministry. It truly was a dream job to be paid to do what I loved: youth ministry!