Bishop Nelson Perez on Feb. 3 told the six newly certified lay ecclesial ministers for the Diocese of Cleveland that God calls us to serve in a variety of ways.
“Some are called to the priesthood; others are deacons and you, after years of preparation, were called to touch people’s lives and serve the Church,” he said.
The women called as ecclesial ministers are Sharon Anderer-Armstrong, Camille Horvath, Tammy Moore, Mary O’Neill, Betty Takitch and Mary von Carlowitz.
“You answered the call that the Lord put deep in your heart in his mysterious and providential way and God guided you here today,” Bishop Perez said. “What will unfold has yet to be seen. We have our ways and God has his ways, but God’s way is always the best. Trust in God’s way.”
He told the new ministers that they will face the reality and humanism of the Church as they do God’s work. “The greatest proof that the Church is divine is that somehow, it works,” he added.
“Trust that which you heard deep in your soul and remember, it wasn’t you who chose him, it was he who chose you. He’ll give you what you need to do his work,” Bishop Perez said. “The most important part of being a minister in the Church is your relationship with Christ.”
Anderer-Armstrong of St. Christopher Parish, Rocky River, is married to Tom and has five children. She is a pastoral associate and her ministries include serving as PSR principal and day school retreat coordinator.
Horvath of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Medina, is married and has two children. She is a pastoral associate at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Wooster where she works in pastoral care. She was involved in adult faith formation at her previous parish.
Moore of Holy Rosary Parish, Cleveland, is married and has three children. She is a pastoral minister and her duties include working with Pre-Cana, couples ministry, pre-baptism preparation, family ministry, volunteer coordinator, parish website and bulletin editor, lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.
O’Neill of SS. Robert and William Parish in Euclid, is administrative assistant to the director of faith formation at St. Clare Parish, Lyndhurst. Her ministries include administrative responsibility for PSR and she volunteers at her home parish.
Takitch of St. Martin of Tours, Maple Heights, has three children and eight grandchildren. She is facilitator of adult cohorts, Office of Catechetical Formation and Education. A retired Catholic elementary school teacher, she is an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, eighth-grade PSR catechist and confirmation team member.
Von Carlowitz of St. Gabriel Parish, Concord, is the mother of nine. She has a sister in lay ecclesial minister formation and a brother who is a deacon. She ministers at Gesu Parish in University Heights, where she is director of faith formation. She is PSR coordinator, including catechists of the Good Shepherd and adaptive PSR, sacramental preparation and youth ministry.