Fr. Bob is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland. He has had the privilege of leading and coordinating The FEST team since its beginning in 2000. He believes that The FEST is a great way for us to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and to celebrate our Catholic faith. In addition to his work with The FEST, he is the Pastor of Saint Ambrose Parish in Brunswick, OH (www.StAmbrose.us) and leads a mission community in the Dominican Republic (www.MissionPossible.us).
Jake has worked on The FEST team since 2007, and is Father Bob’s right hand man. And if you know anything about Hurricane Stec, you know Jake‘s job is always moving at a fast pace! Jake helps to handle all of the ins and outs of The FEST, and loves that faith brings so many people together. When he’s not dominating FEST world, you can find him in the mission field in the Dominican Republic. Jake graduated from Ursuline College in 2014 and is passionate about continuing mission work, serving others and making a difference in the world. Jake is fluent in Spanish, English and #hashtag.
Caitlin has been attending the FEST since 2005 and loves seeing everyone come together to celebrate their shared faith. She helps with various areas of The FEST including the raffle, vendors, and day-to-day tasks. When she’s not working for the FEST, Caitlin works at Saint Ambrose Parish in Youth & Young Adult Ministry and Adult Faith Formation. Caitlin graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2014 and loves soccer, service, country music, and spending time with family and friends.
Helen has been attending the FEST for ten years and has been part of the team for 3 years. She assists with the Liturgy and is responsible for the Art and Environment of The FEST Mass. She is currently employed at St. Ambrose in Music Ministry. Her interests include playing golf when she has a chance; loves the theater and going to plays and musicals; enjoys working with children, helping them to grow in their faith through music and PSR programs. Her favorite thing about The FEST is the variety of popular bands and the feeling of looking out into the crowd and seeing thousands of people all coming together at Mass…priceless!
Louis serves as an Activity Coordinator and a vital member of the FEST Core Team. Her interests include photography, anything outdoors/organizing and helping with different events for others. Louise’s favorite thing about The FEST is helping new teens, families and groups get involved with The FEST to be able to share their gifts and talents for the love of God!
Formerly and forever known as “Denk”, Christie’s job for The FEST is to design all the awesome graphics, website and literature for the event. Everything you see or read about The FEST, Christie has put together. When she’s not designing out of this world graphics for The FEST, you can probably find her riding elephants or feeding tigers in Thailand. She has an adventurous spirit, love for the outdoors and great care and love for others.
Claire is a parishioner at St. Mary of the Falls Parish. She has been going to The FEST for over 6 years and knew she always wanted to be a part of the amazing team that helps make this day possible. This is Claire’s second summer on The FEST team and cannot wait for this year. Her favorite parts are the Mass and seeing thousands of people come together to celebrate their faith. In her free time, Claire loves watching Disney movies, hanging out with her family and friends, and shopping. In terms of superheroes, she thinks Spider-Man is pretty cool – she likes his enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes, but also, he’s the only superhero she knows anything about.
Gwyneth’s home parish is St. Francis of Assisi. She joined The FEST team to work hard so others can come together and enjoy the amazing day. She can’t wait to meet new people and help others grow in their faith. Gwyneth is a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati and loves Disney World, working out, playing with her dogs, and spending lots of time with her family and friends.
Maggie is a parishioner at St. Hilary. She has been going to The FEST with family and friends for about 10 years. She has volunteered many times and sang in The FEST choir. She joined The FEST team because she loves the community that is built around the amazing day and wanted to help build it even more. Maggie’s favorite thing about The FEST is the evening mass because it is truly inspiring to see so many people on fire for their faith celebrate it together. She loves to ski, bake, and cook and among her family and friends she is famous for making guacamole.
Jack is a sophomore at the University of Akron and is studying Marketing Management. He is a parishioner at St. Barnabas Parish is Northfield, Ohio and has been his entire life. Jack enjoys watching Cleveland Sports in his free time and his favorite part of The FEST is the Mass and fireworks at the end, which makes the entire day worth it.
Kathlene is a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Avon, Ohio. Kathlene has been attending The FEST since 2010 and loves sharing the love and glory of God with so many new and amazing people. Along with her love of faith she is also a barista at Starbucks and enjoys her lattes. She looks forward to her journey as a team member and for the experiences to come. In her free time she loves to walk her dogs, hang out with friends and family, sing, and go to Indians games!
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