Dear Maternity BVM Parish

Being back in my hometown these past two years and serving the parish I grew up in has been a wonderful and faith-filled experience. Maternity BVM has been my home since the beginning. As a kid, I remember praying the rosary with my father in the church or shyly singing alongside him during choir rehearsal. I remember going to Adoration with my mother during Holy Thursday. The time with her in prayer is a memory I will always keep with me. I vividly remember my Confirmation. As I was confirmed in our church surrounded by family, friends, and community, I felt tremendous love and zeal for God. I cherish the time I spent in the youth ensemble and going on retreats like Quest and Kairos. MBVM’s Youth Ministry brought my faith to a new personal level. This program is one of a kind and I am blessed to have been a part of it.

This parish has given so much to me and now I have had the pleasure to give back. When Patty Bailey approached me about this position, I was extremely excited to share my faith with young people. She has been such an inspiration to me and many others. Without her example, I would not be where or who I am today. During my time here, I have seen Christ in each young person I have met. At every retreat, event, gathering, meeting, and liturgy, I have experienced God’s love like never before. These young people have taught me how to be a better servant and daughter of Christ. They have inspired me to continue to deepen my faith and follow my passion to share our Church with others.  

I am excited to announce that I will be pursuing a Master's of Divinity degree this September at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. With this degree, I hope to deepen my understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and my strengthen ability to live it out in the communities that I serve. As a lay woman in the Church, I want to be a positive advocate for our faith and share what it has to offer society.

I leave my hometown and Maternity BVM with bittersweet emotions. While I will greatly miss everyone who I have gotten to know and reconnected with, I am ready to follow where God is calling me. I want to thank everyone at MBVM. With all your friendship, love, support, guidance, and mentorship, I hope to serve our Church and make you all proud. Thank you for having me back home.

With love,

Elise Dubravec