It is back to school time for Vanessa... and a warm welcome for Kelly

Vanessa and Kelly

Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt:

It has been a number of years since the back-to-school advertisements have caught my attention.  I remember as a student having butterflies in my stomach when I saw those ads – nervous about new teachers, excited about seeing friends, sad to see summer ending, looking forward to learning ... Well the butterflies are back!

As many of you know, I will be taking an eight month leave from my position as Faith Connections Program Director to pursue full time Theological Studies at Regis College, University of Toronto.  I will be away from September 11, 2010 through April 2011.  I look forward to connecting with all of you again when I return to Faith Connections.

I know that Kelly, with her warm hospitality and extensive experience, will be a great Program Director.

Kelly Bourke:

I am excited to be joining the Faith Connections Team as Program Director while Vanessa is on leave. Though I was raised and began ministry in Southern Alberta, I now call Ontario home. I greatly enjoy photography, pottery, walking adventures and laughing (yes, I think this should be considered an activity on its own!). With a strong background in youth and young adult ministries - including retreats, small groups, conferences, leadership training, and chaplaincy - I will work to sustain and build on the important initiatives of Faith Connections.  I look forward to working in this ministry and to connecting with all of you!

I will be using the same e-mail address and phone number as Vanessa – so I can be reached at: or 416-222-1426 ext 276.


Posted On: September 19, 2010
Posted By: Anonymous

Kelly, Many blessings as you

Many blessings as you begin this new ministry. You will be great! Hopefully our paths will cross during the year. My prayers accompany you as you begin, and I count on you remembering all of us at Loyola House, Guelph in your prayers.
God Bless,
Sr. Ann Marie, fcJ

Posted On: September 11, 2010
Posted By: Anonymous

Welcome Kelly. It will be

Welcome Kelly. It will be great collaborating with you to ensure the Prayer Tool section of the website is fresh and current.Anna Hiris

Posted On: September 9, 2010
Posted By: Anonymous

Congratulations Kelly!

Congratulations Kelly! Faith Connections is lucky to have you. I'm sure you'll keep all the good things going, and add your own twists too. Good luck in your studies, Vanessa.Peace and blessings,Lori Neale, CCCM and CCSA

Posted On: September 8, 2010
Posted By: Anonymous

Hi there Kelly! Looking

Hi there Kelly! Looking forward to collaborating with you on projects again! Blessings and peace in your new ministry,Fr. Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R.Coordinator of Redemptorist Youth and Vocation Ministry

Posted On: August 30, 2010
Posted By: Anonymous

Congratulations, Kelly! I

Congratulations, Kelly! I know that you will always go the extra mile to meet the diverse spiritual needs of young adults in the GTA. Peace and best wishes,Genevieve