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Fr. Keith Boisvert
Ana Maria Alvarado
Coordinator of Immigrant Outreach and Formation
Director of Music
Director of Parish Operations
Manager of Communications
I do my best to discern Christ at work in our parish, and to join Him as His ordained servant in building up the Body of Christ—through ministering sacraments, sacramentals, prayer, and example – so that the Body of Christ may give witness to and evangelize the world. I focus my efforts on the Gospels, which every deacon is ordained to read, preach, teach, and live. I love the exciting interplay of combining my sacramental calls to husband and father with my call to serve as deacon. I am blessed to receive Christ’s love through my wife and children, and His support through our parish.
I am a lifelong resident of Maryland and have lived with my wife Amy in downtown Frederick since our marriage in 2003. I was ordained to the Deaconate in May of 2013, and St. Katharine Drexel is my first and so far only parish assignment. I also minister at the Hagerstown Prisons.
I find the Deaconate a very rewarding experience in that I have the privilege of walking with and assisting those I encounter as they journey toward a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Many of the parishioners and inmates I have met over the last six years have assisted me as well. Through preaching, bible study discussions, assisting with sacramental preparation, and in the everyday faith discussions I have had with others, I can see Jesus working in the lives of so many of my fellow Christians. I will always be willing to assist others, in even the smallest ways, on their faith journey.
Answering the call to service within the diaconate has been both rewarding and challenging. Hopefully, preaching the Word of God and trying to live in a way that glorifies God daily is forming me into the Deacon and the man that God means me to be. Learning from those around me and attempting to become and to stay aware of the blessings of the people and circumstances that I encounter will keep me growing in a positive direction.
I love being with people, especially if I can help them in their need. I look forward to continued growth in ministry and to being a part of the St. Katharine Drexel community for many years to come!
My role at Saint Katherine Drexel includes middle school and high school youth ministry, Confirmation prep, young adult ministry and our FIRE program. St. Augustine said, “The Catholic education not only requires members of the religion to follow the example of Jesus Christ but also of all holy men and women who led virtuous lives and set a model code of conduct for others. In Catholicism, education is a lifelong process of personal and spiritual growth and development”. My goal is to provide an opportunity for all members of our community to grow closer to God, wherever they may be in their spiritual journey.
My responsibilities include Faith Formation for elementary age children and Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation & First Eucharist. Each of these programs will allow children to explore their dynamic Catholic faith in terms that are relevant to their understanding. I also work to prepare children ages 7-12 prepare for the sacrament of Baptism. As a coordinator for new prospective members, I share the ministries we offer to live out our parish mission statement allowing prospective members to see where their talents would best serve. Through Caring Connections Ministry, I along with volunteers of the parish, serve those in need fulfilling the call to give selflessly in the realization of the Kingdom of God.
My areas of ministry include weddings, marriage preparation and enrichment, baptism preparation, social justice, adult formation, our homestudy program for K-12, and RCIA. I am driven by a passion for passing on the timeless teachings of God through new and exciting ways. I love the vitality of our parish, and how clearly I see the Body of Christ present in our community.
As the Coordinator for Immigrant Outreach and Formation my primary role is to support families immigrating to the USA and help them find a place in our community. I assist with bridging the cultural and religious divide that some of our reach immigrants feel and make sure they feel welcome in our parish.
I am responsible for all finance and administrative functions at the parish, which includes building maintenance, human resources and other responsibilities. In addition to our dedicated administrative staff, we have an energetic and hard-working group of volunteers who give of their time and talent to keep the parish running – office volunteers, money counters, our church cleaners, gardeners, and many more.
As the administrative assistant, I manage the day-to-day activities of the parish office including ordering supplies, managing the calendar, new parishioner registration, scheduling mass intentions, and other duties as assigned. Saint Katharine Drexel has been such a warm and welcoming community since I joined with my young family as a parishioner in 2016. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve this vibrant, giving community and to work with such a wonderful group of people.
I create the weekly bulletins working on a part-time basis and general office duties such as answering the phone, receiving visitors at the office, and willing to take on those “perform other duties as assigned.” It’s a real joy to work in the Parish office with such a great fun-loving staff.
As a practicing catholic all of my life, I understand the importance of a strong faith community and the support it provides for its parishioners. As a parishioner, I have always loved the welcoming attitude of this parish and I am blessed to be a part of it. As Manager of Communications, it is my job to share the parish’s welcoming attitude to all in the parish and outward into the greater community. Everything from the bulletin, new website, parish emailing, annual publications, and seasonal themes all support and unify our community. It is my pleasure to help communicate with my parish family. And, I love to talk to people!