Rebecca Siar has joined the parish staff as an Echo 12 Apprentice. Echo is a two-year service-learning program that offers participants the opportunity to earn an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, to serve the Church in parish catechetical leadership, and to live in an intentional faith community while engaging in integrative spiritual formation. Specifically, Echo parish catechetical apprentices engage in leadership in a variety of parish catechetical ministries, including but not limited to RCIA, Religious Education, Youth Ministry, Adult Faith Formation, and Social Justice Ministry. In addition to their graduate study in theology and service in parishes or schools, Echo parish apprentices and theology teachers engage in communal, human, and spiritual formation that complements and integrates their study, service, and life of faith.
Rebecca was born and raised in Roanoke, VA, and she attended Roanoke College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry with a French minor. She was a parishioner at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church in Roanoke for 22 years, where she helped lead different ministries for parishioners of all ages such as Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Youth Group, Young Adult Ministry, and many others. She was also an active member and leader of the Catholic Campus Ministry at Roanoke College, and she even served as the Catholic Campus Minister during her senior year. She now lives in Aurora, IL with three other Echo Apprentices who serve in other Catholic churches throughout the Diocese of Joliet.