Introducing some New Pastoral Council Members
I am very happy this week to have three of our six new Pastoral Council members tell us a bit about themselves! We’ll hear from the other three in an upcoming article.
Allan Badulis: My wife Jocelyn and I have 4 children, 1 that is currently enrolled in SRCS in 3rd grade and 3 who have already graduated. Our family has been in the parish since 2004. Professionally I have 20 years of pharmaceutical experience in global and domestic leadership roles and currently I am a management consultant working with clients in the pharmaceutical, IT and hospitality industries. I am looking forward to my time on the Pastoral Council.
Manuel Colunga: My wife Guadalupe and I moved from Michigan and joined the parish last year. I consider myself bicultural as I spent one half of my life in Mexico and the rest in the U.S. I am a lay Dominican and in many ways I relate to the Jesuit spirituality flowing in St. Raphael. Professionally, I am a quantitative analyst. I am grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to serve as a member of the Pastoral Council.
Brug Jung: My husband Howie and I moved to Raleigh from the midwest in 1976 to open the Raleigh Ace Hardware stores. We’ve been part of the St. Raphael family for over 40 years. During my time here I was a confirmation teacher, served on the Pastoral Council and hospitality committee, and I am currently a Eucharistic Minister. I also volunteered at the diocesan level as lay chair of the Bishops Annual Appeal, was a member of the board of trustees for Cardinal Gibbons HS, and a building committee member for Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. Now retired, we golf, travel and scuba dive.
As was announced a few weeks ago, the PC will expand to 14 members this year, and the following parishioners will join the council: Allan Badulis, Ricardo Veloz, Brug Jung, Manuel Colunga, John Steinauer, and Mike Shinners.
In the wake of the violence and tragedy in our country last weekend in Las Vegas, I’ve felt even more as pastor at St. Raphael the desire to ask the Lord to send the Holy Spirit in greater abundance on our parish. Please pray for our pastoral council members as they help us dream and plan for the even greater things God wants to do through St. Raphael. Jesus, in the face of violence and hurt, continue to make us more and more a community of disciples who bring love and peace to each other, and to the many people in our world who are desperate, lost, and in pain.
Fr. Phil Hurley, SJ