OYM Welcomes Two New Staff Members

The Office of Youth Ministry is proud to announce the addition of two dynamic women to our staff—Sister Mary George Brown and Susan Farrar.

Sister Mary George is from Perryville, MO, is a novice in the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George (just like Sister M. Consolata and Sr. M. Beata!), and joins the OYM working on the 'mission' part of her novitiate.

Susan Farrar is from St. Ann, MO, is married, and is the busy mother of six children. A member of Holy Trinity Parish, she is the new part-time employee for the REAP Team, which means that she will be spending a lot of time this school year being with teens on weekday retreats.

Read more about each of these women, in their own words, below.

*Sister Mary George*

I was raised in Perryville, Missouri. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister, and I am 20 years old. I joined the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George right after my senior year of high school at St. Vincent High School in Perryville. I am presently a novice in the congregation of the sisters, which means that at this time next year I will be taking my first vows in the community. I am working here at the OYM on what we call "mission"; it's a chance for the novices to go out into our apostolates and put into practice all that we have learned thus far. I am really excited to be working as an intern for the OYM staff and getting the chance to work in my diocese, as it's a chance to give back to the diocese all that it has given me. I will be here for 6 months and then return to Alton, IL to finish up preparing to make Vows! I enjoy music, art, theatre, reading and sports—softball is my favorite! I thank God for this wonderful opportunity to make his merciful love present to all I work with.

*Susan Farrar*

I am 42 years old, and I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I have been happily married for almost 21 years. I have 6 children and one "unofficial" foster son. They range in age from 19 down to almost 2 years old. I have an Associate's degree in Human Services but hope to return back to school for my Bachelor's in Social Work. I am a biological/foster/adoptive mother and I can say this is where most of my education has come from. Kids are so cool and pre-teens and teenagers ROCK! I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part-time staff member of the REAP Team.