Greetings St. Pius X Community, God’s peace to you all! I hope you are doing well. It is a pleasure to serve you as the Director of Evangelization. Know that I am thinking of you all and looking forward to the days that I can meet each and every one of you.
To tell you a little bit about myself, I grew up in Sheboygan, WI and then moved to Madison to attend UW-Madison (Go Badgers!). There I met my wife Jenny at St. Paul’s Catholic Student Center where we both were involved. We were married in 2012 and since then have had two children- John Paul (5) and Blaise (3). Before coming to St. Pius X, I had worked at St. Paul’s for seven years as the Director of Operations, doing all the behind the scenes work to run the student programs and the business side of the ministry.
Some of you might be asking what exactly is evangelization and what do I do as a Director of Evangelization. To preface the answer to this, I would like to share a bit of my experience with the Catholic faith. Like many, I grew up going to Church on Sundays and the belief in God seemed to be important to my parents and other extended relatives. I didn’t really have a good understanding of what the faith was about, and quite frankly, nor did I care to know. I had other priorities at the time. I dreaded going to religious education classes.
My belief in God was really challenged when I went to school at UW-Madison. There was a point in college where I felt I had to decide to go all in or all out. Going partially in was going to be a total waste of my me. Luckily, I made some friends at the University Catholic Center (St. Paul’s) who were willing to walk with me and encourage me when it came to my questions about the faith. Through these friendships and the formation provided at the center, I was able to see more clearly the beauty and goodness of the faith. This clarity led me to commit wholeheartedly to Christ and His Church.
It is my hope as the Director of Evangelization that each of you don’t have to go through this life of faith alone. The road to sainthood is in a sense like climbing Mt. Everest. It would be foolish to let someone try to climb it alone. It is my hope that through deep friendships and through the guidance of the Church, you may come to a greater clarity of what the life of faith is about and the purpose God has for you.
During these tough times, take every moment and every decision as a way of being a greater saint. One practical way to become a greater saint is getting up at the sound of your alarm and offering your day to God. Let Him bless your day and give you the grace to do your part, whether little or great, in changing the world.
Know that I am praying for you and may God bless you abundantly! Shileng Yang