After a lengthy search this winter, St. Michael Catholic Church and School has hired not one, but two new youth ministers to replace former youth minister Ruth Gladitsch and support expanding youth programs. Hollie Danis will begin in the parish next Monday, May 3, and Zach Zaldivar should start in early June.
Hollie (Graczyk) Danis is a St. Michael native who served as a youth ministry intern and served on the Extreme Team for the first Extreme Faith Camp. She studied Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville and has worked in youth ministry for nine years: two in New Hampshire and seven at St. Patrick’s in Troy, Ohio.
Hollie loves to walk with teens as they encounter Christ in a personal way, grow in discipleship, and then become missionaries to their families, schools, community, and beyond. She is deeply passionate about young women's ministry and is the co-founder of the BeloveDaughter Ministry. She has been married to Joshua Danis for 14 years, and together they have two children: Lillie (12) and Michael (11).
“It is amazing to see how the Holy Spirit has been at work in growing the Youth Ministry here,” she says. “I am honored to come back and to be a part of this ministry that first set my heart on fire for the Lord and where I first discovered my call to youth ministry.”
Zach Zaldivar grew up in Osseo but left for the Army at age 18. He spent six years on active duty including two tours to Afghanistan. He began working in youth ministry in November 2017, first at St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Center, and more recently in Arvada, Colorado. Zach has been married for four years and has two daughters: Paisley (2) and DaniMay (5 months).
“I am overwhelmed with joy to be moving back home to Minnesota and begin to serve at St. Michael,” he says. “I feel most excited to be a part of the beautiful culture of youth ministry that has existed at St. Michael for some time now. Knowing that youth ministry is truly a ministry requiring the entire family and that this parish is deeply invested in its youth is incredibly edifying. I look forward to meeting and joining this vibrant community with such dedication to serving the Lord.”
Youth Ministry in St. Michael and St. Albert parishes serves more than 700 students in grades 4-12 each year. Please join us in welcoming Hollie and Zach to our community and pray that youth ministry continues to grow and thrive.