Melissa RihlName: Melissa Rihl
Position: Director of Youth Ministry
Parish: St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
Office Phone:
703-591-6089
Email:stleosyouth@gmail.com

History/Resume
In current position since: 5/4/2012
Active in Youth Ministry since: 7/1/2009
Youth Ministry program includes: The Youth Ministry program at St Leo the Great offers a variety of opportunities for youth in grades 6-12 to encounter Christ and fall in love with Him, build faith based relationships, and grow in their knowledge and understanding  of our Catholic faith.
Middle School (6th-8th grade): 
Thursday Takeovers- Weekly from 3-5pm. We meet for prayer (Rosary, Divine Mercy, or Adoration), snacks and games.
On Fire- Once a month Corporal or Spiritual Work of Mercy, Pizza dinner and Bonfire with S'Mores
Jr. High WorkCamp- (Summer, rising 7th-rising 9th) 3 Days of service and works of mercy with 80 middle school students, in collaboration with 4 other parishes
Trips and Retreats: Lead Confirmation Retreats for 8th Graders, March for Life, Pilgrimages to Basilica, Franciscan Monastery, Christmas Caroling
High School (9th-12th grade):
SNL- Sunday Night Live- Weekly high school youth night that meets on Sundays from 6-8pm. We serve a homecooked dinner, have a talk, small groups, and prayer
LEAD Team- High School Leadership Group that meets weekly on Thursday evenings for discipleship
Theatre Ministry- Participates in the Diocesan One Act Play Festival, and prepares Improv material for our Coffee House
High School WorkCamp- Weeklong service to help make homes warmer, safer, drier
RCIT- Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens: Prepares High School Students for Sacraments (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation)
Trips and Retreats- March for Life, Winter Retreat, Basilica Pilgrimage, Christmas Caroling
Teen Choir (7th-12th Grade)- Rehearses weekly, and prepares music for two Sunday Masses a month
Teen Lectors- Lector for Mass, last Sunday of each month
CYO Sports- Active program for Grades 3-8 (Basketball, Cheer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball)
Scouts- Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

Favorites
Favorite Food(s): Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Favorite Band: Coldplay

Favorite Pastime: Long distance running (marathons!)

Favorite Saint: St. Padre Pio and St. Catherine of Siena

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 26:2-3; Isaiah 30:18

Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Why I work in Youth Ministry:
I was raised as a Protestant, and I converted to the Catholic faith (with my family) in the 7th grade, after a stressful year of "church shopping." It was through the witness of a great Youth Minister and being active in YM as a teen that I encountered and fell in love with Christ. Middle and High School are crucial years in a young person's life. I work in Youth Ministry now because I felt the call to preach the Gospel-- even if it is just for one teen to encounter Christ, it is worth it.

About Me:
I am married to another handsome Director of Youth Ministry, and we have a beautiful daughter. I went to Florida State (Go Noles!) and earned a B.A. in Theatre. I am gluten free (not by choice) and have I mentioned that I really love running? And Disney.

Birthdate: August 14