Parish Contacts

Meet our Parish Contacts! Many people ask to be connected with a parish leader who is successfully implementing Pathways as they evaluate our suite for their parish. Below you will find a few of the leaders we work with, a little about them and their programs, and be able to sign-up for a conversation with them. 

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Jacob Doran

Biography

I am the Director of Youth Evangelization and Catechesis at St. Brendan the Navigator in Hilliard, Ohio. I graduated from Ohio Dominican University in 2010 with a degree and license in English Language Arts for grades 7-12. After graduation, I served as mission leader for one year with SPO at The Ohio State University. After teaching for nine years and completing my Masters in Theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, I transitioned in 2021 into my current role directing family faith formation, youth sacramental preparation, and youth and young adult ministry. I have been married 10 years and have 3 children, ages 8,7, and 4.

 

Parish and Diocese

St. Brendan the Navigator, Diocese of Columbus

Program Size

275 families, 375 children

Grades K thru 8

Language

English Only

Content Type

Physical + Digital

 Resources Used

Mend, Nourish, Mercy, Source & Summit, Martha

Favorite thing about using Pathways

I love the personal support from the Pathways team - that they have invested in me as a parish leader for the sake of the families I serve.

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Dana Robles

Biography

Life-long Catholic, married to Dave for 36 years, mother of 5 and grandma to 11. Gardner, Camper and  Home schooling Mom, now support for the grandkids. Past ministries ~ Sanctity of Life Parish Coordinator, Restorative Justice Minister to incarcerated boys, Catechist (all grades) for 40 years. Current ministry ~ Coordinator of Catechetical Ministry which includes preparing children for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 

 

Parish and Diocese

St Thomas the Apostle, Diocese of San Bernardino

Program Size

70 Families / 150 children

Grades K thru 8

Language

Bilingual - we have a very small part of the Hispanic community involved in the Pathways program, however I am not bilingual.

Content Type

Physical

Resources Used

We are currently using ROOT, MEND and NOURISH

We use the physical box.

High School

110 Youth  (2 year program)

We are currently using MERCY as the "service hours" component  for our first year.

We use the physical box.

Favorite thing about using Pathways

My favorite thing about Pathways: How will I choose one? I love the reaction of the family as they open the box with anticipation and ask, "is this for us to keep?".  I love the response I have received from the Catechists as they participate with their own family and come to embrace the idea of family catechesis. Most of all I love the opportunity this program has given our parish to create a partnership between the "Mentor Catechist" and the "Parent Catechist"!  This IS the way the Holy Spirit will have the strongest affect in our children's lives; relationship and experience with the parish (community) church and the domestic church.

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Brenda Mendoza

Biography

I am the Director of Religious Education Program for grades K – 12th. I have been directing at this Parish for the past 3 years and a catechist for 20 years throughout the state of Nevada.

 

Parish and Diocese

St. Teresa of Avila, Diocese of Reno

Program Size

180 Families with 240 students on the Pathway Program

Language

Bilingual

Content Type

Physical + Digital

 Resources Used

Seek, Root, Mend, Nourish and Zeal

Favorite thing about using Pathways

My favorite thing using Pathways is hearing the Families’ testimonials about how they enjoy doing the Program at home. How they are getting to know more about each other and Jesus together.

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Dolly Pointner

Biography

Dolly Pointner is a wife and mother from the suburbs of Chicago.  She is a true convert who was baptized as a young adult and became Catholic over 20 years ago.  She is passionate about helping parents realize the love they have for their children pales in comparison to the Love the Holy Trinity has for them.  She believes this is a crucial step in allowing parents to claim their role as primary catechist to their children.  Dolly has been working on her Masters of Catechetics and Evangelization from Franciscan University of Steubenville one class at a time and hopes to finish before her youngest finishes college!  Her small home parish is St. Irene in the Diocese of Joliet but Dolly works at Mary, Seat of Wisdom in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  She is used to rolling up her sleeves with small parishes and juggling the demands of a parish with a large school and hundreds of families who desire faith formation for their children attending public schools. 

 

Parish and Diocese

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Archdiocese of Chicago

Program Size

Language

English

Content Type

Physical + Digital

 Resources Used

CLAIM, SEEK, ROOT, MEND, and NOURISH and has implemented the methodology of FFLCM in custom pathways, including preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Favorite thing about using Pathways

She has seen the most fruit in families that she has had the joy of walking with through multiple pathways and loves the flexibility of MEND and NOURISH for preparing families who have lost touch with their faith and have multiple children of various ages for whom they desire to prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation.

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Steven Serafin

Biography

I am the Pastoral Associate of St. Bartholomew’s in Scotch Plains, NJ where I over see a new initiative called the Emmaus Coalition of Life Long Formation and our New Family Faith Formation Program. I have been married to my wife Tricia for six years and we have a two year old daughter Martha. I graduated from Catholic University with a Doctor in Ministry, received a Masters in Theology focusing on Evangelization and Catechesis from The University of Notre Dame’s Echo program and a B.A from Catholic University with a minor in Finance and Management. My treatise focused on accompanying newlyweds beyond the sacrament. I have served in a number of ministerial positions: Associate Director for Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Newark, Director of Faith Formation, Campus Minister, and Teacher. Along with my team, I am developing a lifelong model for parish accompaniment and initiating a new approach to family formation.

 

Parish and Diocese

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Archdiocese of Newark

Program Size

550 families, 1200 children

Ages 3-18

Language

English

Content Type

Physical + Digital

 Resources Used

Root, Mend, Nourish, Source & Summit, Martha

Favorite thing about using Pathways

Pathways truly meets our families where they are at on the Journey of Faith and accompanies them through easily accessible and beautifully made resources. Each resource truly makes tangible the joy of having a personal relationship with God and fosters faith base conversations in the home.    

Connect with a Parish Contact

Sign-up for a free 1h conversation with one of our Parish Contacts. They are happy to answer any questions to the best of their ability, while focusing mostly on how they have implemented Pathways and the fruit they have seen.

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