Ceci Galvin

Name: Cecilia Galvin
Position:
Director of Youth Ministries
Parish:
St. John the Evangelist
Office Phone:
540-347-2922
Email: 
youthdirector@sje1.org

History/Resume

In current position since: 7/15/2016
Active in Youth Ministry since:
8/15/2011

Youth Ministry program includes: High School Youth Ministry Meetings, Middle School Youth Ministry Meetings, TORCH Drama Club, High School SPARKS Drama Players, Middle School EMBERS Drama Players, Elementary Basketball teams - boys' and girls', Little Flowers,  Junior Legion of Mary, Altar Boy Program, St. John's Home Education

Favorites

Favorite Food(s): So many things, it’s difficult to narrow down. But when it comes right down to it, I love me some hot-wings.

Favorite Band: I am an old-school rock and roll type of gal, with a healthy love for the Beatles.

Favorite Pastime: I am a writer in my soul, so I tend to be scribbling away on something or other at almost all times.

Favorite Saint: Multi-way toss-up – St. Joseph, St. Bernadette, JPII, and the newly canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta!

Favorite Scripture: “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend if beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; for he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.” – Sirach 6:14-17

Favorite Book: First and foremost, the Bible, of course. Next, The Wednesday Wars, by Gary Schmidt, who shaped my writing style.

Why I work in Youth Ministry: I grew up doing theatre from the time I was in elementary school, and have always been fascinated by the miracles that occur within such groups: how we could manage to build life-long friendships in such a short period of time, how we could stage elaborate shows without the use of professionals, how much support and love we could receive from an audience and from one another. My mother once told me that the process of putting on a show mimics the journey of earth, Purgatory, and Heaven – you go through a grueling audition process that scares you to death, you rehearse and work and polish your production until you’re ready to show it to the world, and, finally, you perform, lit by blinding lights and met with thunderous applause. I got to experience this first-hand growing up, and have always wanted to be able to pass on that mentality as I grew older. It was revealed to me, through whispers from the Big Man himself and from loving conversations with wonderful friends and family, that Heaven is reachable through connection with one another, through solitude, or through service. Theatre, for me, was always a combination of those big three, but I knew going into youth ministry that this is certainly not the only avenue. I wanted not only to teach about what could make us the best versions of ourselves by finding that Heaven-On-Earth experience, but I wanted to learn about what that experience is for others, and to try to help others strive for it. For if that tiny bit of Heaven means that much to us, we can’t possibly imagine what’s in store when the real deal comes around.

About Me: I am the second oldest Galvin sibling, beneath my awesome older brother and above my two hilarious younger sisters. I was born and raised in Fauquier County and was baptized in the very parish for which I now work. We were homeschooled through childhood, and grew up in the TORCH Drama Club founded by our mother, where we met our amazing friends. I grew up to become a massive nerd, analyzing shows and video games for their story-structure and going away to the College of William and Mary to study English. Because that’s how much I love stories.  I returned home to become the director of and primary playwright for TORCH, and the music teacher at St. John’s before officially becoming the Director of Youth Ministries. I have been blessed with many friends who enjoy, encourage, and partake in my nerdery, writing plays and stories with me and passing the plots along to the students we teach so that they can grow up loving stories too. I have a deep love for crochet and a hearty love affair with all things tea-related, I love Disney to death and am NOT too old for it, I am a great lover of Shakespeare (though I will be the first to admit I have yet to read every last play), and one day I WILL to go see the reconstructed Globe Theatre in England if it’s the last thing I do. Also, I sign everything off with “Much Love” because I have much love.    Much love!

Birthdate: August 28