Greater Things

rosanne twellman's picture

  Greater things have yet to come,

and greater things are still to be done in this city.

Four years ago a frightened young girl, whom I had never met, came to work for me.  She was to be my intern to help with the Steubenville conference.  She was unsure, and I found out later that she wanted to quit after the first day.  But she hung in there, and not only helped, but came back the following year to work full time in the summer to get ready for our first year of two conferences. 

She is finishing up her fourth and final year as my intern, and has become much more than an intern.  She has on many fronts, planned, organized and implemented logistics for the two weeks of conferences for 4000+ people.  She has become my right arm and even sometimes both my arms, swinging into action, multi-tasking, and getting things done. 

I celebrated ten years of conferences this year, but it was very much more.  Over the last two weeks we both realized that this would be the last time we would set up for registration, meet with our volunteers, pray, welcome the first group leaders, and walk backstage of JKH to see the multicolored shirts of teens on fire for Jesus together.

After this is all changes.  Katie is entering a new phase of her life, she will be the youth minister at St. Catherine Laboure Parish.  The teens and staff are very blessed to have her.  I wish her well and great blessings on her new ministry.

Her exit will certainly leave a huge void in our lives but we take our memories, laughter and our tears and we move on.  We keep on keepin on.

God Bless you Catherine M Lucchesi!

Rosanne is on staff at the Office of Youth Ministry and has been involved in Youth Ministry for over 20 years. Rosanne coordinates the Steubenville Youth conferences. You can reach her at