Mike has achieved the official Life Teen trifecta, having been in the program as a teen, served as a Core member, and led as the Youth Minister. And after all those years of service, his biggest rewards are satisfaction, a receding hairline, and the title of true Life Teen veteran. Mike has many years of experience working with youth, including several years running the Edge and ROC programs at St. Mary's and a year of teaching religion at Cardinal Spellman High School (according to Mike, one year was "enough"). Although once aspiring to open his own medical practice or law firm in outer space, Mike decided to go for the big bucks and become involved in youth ministry. He graduated from Fordham University in 2010 with a degree in Theology and English, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Ministry.
Tim was introduced to the Life Teen program 10 years ago by his two older brothers and has been coming to Life Teen Mass ever since. He thinks Life Teen is the best thing since sliced bread (which is both tasty and convenient). In fact, if Tim had to choose between sliced bread and Life Teen, he would choose Life Teen 9 out of 10 times (because it really can't be that hard to cut your own bread). The only time he would take the bread is if it were past lunchtime, he had no knife, he had not eaten all day, and he had a jar of peanut butter and jelly. And even then, he would only choose the sliced bread for that brief moment. In high school, Tim worked at St. Mary's on the weekends with fellow Core member Emily Abi-Kheirs, but she usually made him do all the work. This coming spring he hopes to graduate from Boston College, where he studied Psychology and Mathematics.
Danny is living proof that cool people can be involved in the Church. In fact, he is the only Core member who can be considered an example of this point.* Danny has lived in Hanover and been coming to St. Mary's his whole life. He was an altar server for nine years and participated in Life Teen when he was in high school. Plus, he's wicked cool. Seriously, he is by far the coolest Core member on the team. All his friends call him Cool Cat Dan. Well, actually, no one calls him that, but he really is wicked cool. In 2014, Danny graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he studied Marine Engineering, so he's definitely cool, but not too cool for school. *Note: Not all Church people are cool people, and not all cool people are Church people.
Standing in at a towering 4' 11.99", it is much more likely that you hear Emily coming before you actually see her. A graduate of the Life Teen program and former weekend "worker" at St. Mary's, Emily has been involved in the church since before she can remember. She fondly recalls her memories as an altar server, but believes most people know her from her world class work with the children's choir. Her big debut came in 2001, when children's choir director Ellen McDonough gave her the opportunity to sing a solo during the song "Table of Plenty" at her First Communion. Emily currently attends Emerson College, where she is studying Documentary Production and Political Communications. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2015.