Faith Connections: Working With Others
“Faith Connections young-adult ministry is enriched and enlivened by combining resources,” says Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt, Program Director. Faith Connections is a part of Fontbonne Ministries. Most Faith Connections events are held in partnership with other organizations. There’s Theology on Tap East and West with the Office of Catholic Youth (OCY), Mix and Mingle with St. Patrick’s Parish, speed dating with the Newman Centre and so much more.
Jonathan Nix, youth minister at the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure, finds that working with Faith Connections expands his ministry.
“We’re a church, so we’re very focused on our local community,” says Jonathan. “Faith Connections creates community across the city and working with them widens our audience and brings in a lot of new ideas.” These ideas have included the ALPHA program and the Faith in Action pilgrimage to Syracuse.
Sometimes the collaborations take the form of one-on-one conversations between Vanessa and young adults where they are introduced to spiritual resources and programs with other organizations. “A lot of what Faith Connections does is networking,” says Vanessa. “It’s collaboration on all levels, something Sister Thérèse Meunier, the founding director, really emphasized at the start.”
“I always thought,” says Sister Thérèse, “that working with other organizations means you each offer the best of what you have.”