Hi, my name is Jen Graves. I've been a member of this parish since I was baptized at one month old. I met my husband, Dan, here when we were in religious education classes in elementary school. We've been blessed with raising two children, Damian and Joseph. This will be my second year with the preschoolers and first co-teaching with my husband. We've taught before at the beginning of our marriage assisting the high school youth group and confirmation program. In my free time I enjoy volunteering at my sons' school, going on adventures with my family, and finding the best coffee shops. Our Lady of Fatima has a special place in my heart along with St. Joseph.
My family and I moved to Vancouver from Florida in 2007. Shortly thereafter we joined St. Joe's and I become involved with Faith Formation. Since then, I have mostly taught Kindergarten. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching football, playing games or cards, reading, doing crossword puzzles or hiking. I try to remember that God is in control and I turn to scripture for reinforcement. My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope."
Amanda Kerber is beginning her third year as a catechist and has three of her own children in the faith formation program. She and her husband have been members of St Joe's for 13 years. One of her favorite scriptures is John 15:4-5 "Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing." Amanda finds herself involved in many things this year, from her work as a nurse practitioner to volunteer work at church and her kids' elementary school to experimenting in her garden. She hopes to stay connected to "the vine" in all of it, and to be a good connecting branch for her community.
Hello my name is Martin Campos, and I have been a catechist longer than I can remember. My best guess is 15 years. My wife (and co-catechist) have been in the parish for over 20 years. As I think about being a second grade catechist (and a public school teacher), one of my favorite scripture passages can be found in Matthew’s Gospel:
At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me"
(MT 18: 2-6). Being a catechist continues to be one of the highlights of my year. I enjoy sharing our faith and hearing our students share their faith with honesty and wonder. Thank you for being your children first and principal teacher and letting us support you. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Hi my name is Kara Bostad! I have been an Aide for about 16 years (13 yrs in the 3rd grade) and a Catechist for around 12 years. I have been a parishioner of St. Joe's since 1993 when I went through RCIA as a baptized candidate. Some of my favorite saints to name a few are St. Mary, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare, St. Dominic of Molokai and St. Marianne Cope. Some of my hobbies are traveling and cooking when I have time.
My name is Thomas Rodriguez. This is my third year as a catechist at St. Joseph’s. I’ve always heard the Lord calling me to serve, and prayerfully answered his call. Serving as a catechist and guiding the children of the parish in their faith journey is one of my most fulfilling experiences. My family and I joined St. Joseph’s about 7 years ago after moving to Vancouver from Utah. I enjoy the outdoors with my family, hiking, kayaking, and camping. I am active in my son’s Cub Scout pack and coach baseball. I also enjoy home improvement and tinkering in my garage. For these reasons I identify most with St. Joseph, the patron saint of families, fathers, and workers. I admire St. Joseph for his dedication to his family and answering the call to serve God, and pray that his blessed life help guide me through mine.
Hello! My name is Audrey Scott, and this is my third year volunteering as a classroom aide in the Faith Formation class. I have been a parishioner of St Joseph’s since 2019, when we moved here from Tualatin, Oregon. I’m married and have one daughter, who is in enrolled in the 5th grade Faith Formation class this year. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, and attending my daughter’s athletic events. My favorite saint is St. Anthony, who is famous for being the saint that helps us find lost items. I pray to him quite often as I misplace many things!