Join us tonight (June 13) for our last in this season’s Theology on Tap series – Saintly Sinners with special guest speaker, Rachel Neubauer. Over the past 3 sessions, we’ve explored the process of being recognized as a Saint with Father Chris, talked about miracles and incorruptibles with Karl Orbon, and learned about the lives of Saints being canonized in 2016 with Angela Calabro. Our last session will be about our personal call to sainthood – YES! We are each called to become saints. Meet us at Connolly’s (24 E Court St) at 6:45pm to order food/drinks and socialize. We’ll begin at 7:30pm.
About our speaker: Rachel Neubauer, Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Charleston, is a familiar face and name who travels across the state supporting young adult ministry! Rachel has served in many capacities during her 8 years professionally working for the Church through Campus Ministry, Missions, Pilgrimages and Parish Life. A native of Troy Grove, Illinois (population 305 and notable as the birthplace of Wild Bill Hickok), Rachel arrived in SC first living in the Upstate (Greenville) for 2 years prior to moving to Charleston in November 2013. Her entire family continues to live in Illinois, including her parents, 3 sisters, 2 brother-in-laws, 3 nieces, and 3 nephews. Perhaps her favorite role in life is “Aunt.” For fun, Rachel is known to love 80s and 90s dance parties, enjoy deep conversations, play trivia, cook, laugh, sing, and explore the state and all the South has to offer. And, to anyone new to Charleston, she recommends an emergency beach bag be kept in your trunk at all times. Rachel is a lover of all saints, most especially St. John Paul II, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, St. Joseph, Bl. Jerzy Popiełuszko, Bl. Alois Andritzki and Venerables Franz Jaggerstatter and Jerzy Ciesielski…to name a few. One of her favorite quotes is:
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
-St. John Paul the Great