Learning Jesus

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Steve Swank planned on becoming an elementary school teacher, but says he ended up with one of the best jobs in the world—helping young people grow in their faith. As coordinator of religious education and youth ministry at St. Malachy Parish in Kennedy Township,  Swank helps students prepare for the sacraments, training catechists and watching both groups grow as they learn about Jesus. Steve loves seeing the changes in the children, from nervousness at First Reconciliation to excitement for First Holy Communion, then a certain maturity by Confirmation. He sees them grow up spiritually. “I try to listen to God’s voice,” Steve says. “If something is brought to my attention, I realize it might be the work of the Holy Spirit.” “I was going to be a teacher, but along the way, God put me where he wanted me.”

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