Witness to Love Mentor Couples

CHRISTOPHER & SHARI ULRICH

  • His birthdate: 06.13.1969.

  • Her birthdate: 05.14.1961

  • Marriage date: 12.07.1985

  • Number of children: 4.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, Shari.

  • His educational background & profession: College degree; airline captain.

  • Her educational background & profession: Two years college; homemaker.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Boy Scouts, PSR, Men of Faith, Adult Faith Formation, Bible Study, EMHC (Shari).

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? Chris: Motorcycles, skiing, camping, airplanes. Shari: cooking, traveling, scrapbooking, reading.

EDDY & KATE HERTY

  • His birthdate: 01.15.1982.

  • Her birthdate: 02.04.1983.

  • Marriage date: 06.23.2006.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? No.

  • His educational background & profession: Bachelor's in Fine Arts/Graphic Design; National Creative Director, Outfront Media.

  • Her educational background & profession: Bachelor's in Fine Arts/Graphic Design; homemaker & home educator.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Men & Women of Faith, Confirmation Catechist (Kate), Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Kate), Altar Servers.

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? Graphic design & painting, cooking & baking, homeschooling, LSU & Saints football. 

ERIC & VIVIANA PRINCE

  • His birthdate: 05.04.1979.

  • Her birthdate: 01.01.1980.

  • Marriage date: 02.26.2005.

  • Number of children: 2.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, Eric.

  • His educational background & profession: Bachelors Finance, Culinary Degree; Food Service Director.

  • Her educational background & profession: Bachelors in Marketing; stay-at-home-mom, baker, eBay business.

  • What ministries/programs are the Ulrichs involved in at St. Catherine's? Involved at both the Preschool (room mom, Care & Concern Committee), and the Grade School (Decorating Committee Chair). 

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? Cooking & travel.

His email: eprince1220@gmail.com

Her email: tica1180@yahoo.com

ERIC & VIVIANA PRINCE

  • His birthdate: 05.04.1979.

  • Her birthdate: 01.01.1980.

  • Marriage date: 02.26.2005.

  • Number of children: 2.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, Eric.

  • His educational background & profession: Bachelor's in Finance, Culinary Degree; Food Service Director.

  • Her educational background & profession: Bachelor's in Marketing; stay-at-home-mom, baker, eBay business.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Involved at both the Preschool (room mom, Care & Concern Committee) and the Grade School (Decorating Committee Chair). 

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? Cooking & travel.

His email: eprince1220@gmail.com

Her email: tica1180@yahoo.com

DANIEL & MICHELLE WEST

  • His birthdate: 06.21.1980

  • Her birthdate: 01.27.1982.

  • Marriage date: 07.01.2004.

  • Number of children: 7.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, Michelle.

  • His educational background & profession: BS - GA Tech; MA -Franciscan University; Associate Director of Marriage, Family, & Pastoral Care for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta.

  • Her educational background & profession: BS - GA Tech; MA -Christendom Graduate School (in progress); homeschooling mother, Headmaster of Regina Caeli Academy in Roswell.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Pro-life Ministry and Greeter Ministry.

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? We value God, family, friends, and coming together around a meal. With 7 little ones it is joyful chaos most of the time. When time and money allow, we like to travel. We lived in Prague and Dresden, Germany, when we were first married. Daniel has family in Italy with whom we keep in contact and visit on occasion. 

RICK & CINDY GRUCA

  • His birthdate: 12.10.1966.

  • Her birthdate: 12.15.1969.

  • Marriage date: 02.20.1993.

  • Number of children: 3.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, Cindy.

  • His educational background & profession: BS Biology; Director of Safety.

  • Her educational background & profession: High school; housekeeper.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? PSR, Lectors, EMHC (Cindy), Men of Faith.

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? Rick enjoys watching soccer, running, reading, and spending time with family. Cindy enjoys shopping, reading, diamond painting, and spending time with family.

His email: rick.gruca@gmail.com

Her email: cjmice15@gmail.com

MICHAEL & LYDIA BORJA

  • His birthdate: 07.26.1978.

  • Her birthdate: 07.14.1982.

  • Marriage date: 05.30.2009.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes; Lydia, in childhood.

  • His educational background & profession: BS Medical Technology; Medical Laboratory Scientist/R&D.

  • Her educational background & profession: BA Liberal Arts; FEMM certification; NFP teacher; Director of Communications at St. Catherine's.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Men & Women of Faith, Greeters. 

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? We have five kids, ages 9 and under, some of whom we homeschool. As a family we enjoy tennis - Michael has played since he was young - as well as playing loud family games and reading classic stories together. We put a strong emphasis on celebrating the beautiful liturgical seasons of the year, especially Saints' feast days. Our family's patron Saint is Pope John Paul II, as well as Our Lady Undoer of Knots. Our family life is crazy and messy and definitely imperfect, but we lean heavily on the truth that "grace perfects nature." We love being Catholic!

  • His birthdate: 07.26.1978.

  • Her birthdate: 07.14.1982.

  • Marriage date: 05.30.2009.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes; Lydia, in childhood.

  • His educational background & profession: BS Medical Technology; Medical Laboratory Scientist/R&D.

  • Her educational background & profession: BA Liberal Arts; FEMM certification; NFP teacher; Director of Communications at St. Catherine's.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Men & Women of Faith, Greeters. 

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? We have five kids, ages 9 and under, some of whom we homeschool. As a family we enjoy tennis - Michael has played since he was young - as well as playing loud family games and reading classic stories together. We put a strong emphasis on celebrating the beautiful liturgical seasons of the year, especially Saints' feast days. Our family's patron Saint is Pope John Paul II, as well as Our Lady Undoer of Knots. Our family life is crazy and messy and definitely imperfect, but we lean heavily on the truth that "grace perfects nature." We love being Catholic!

MICHAEL & LYDIA BORJA

  • His birthdate: 07.26.1978.

  • Her birthdate: 07.14.1982.

  • Marriage date: 05.30.2009.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes; Lydia, in childhood.

  • His educational background & profession: BS Medical Technology; Medical Laboratory Scientist/R&D.

  • Her educational background & profession: BA Liberal Arts; FEMM certification; NFP teacher; Director of Communications at St. Catherine's.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Men & Women of Faith, Greeter Ministry, Adoration, Altar Servers. 

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? We have five kids, ages 9 and under, some of whom we homeschool. As a family we enjoy tennis - Michael has played since he was young - as well as playing loud family games and reading classic stories together. We put a strong emphasis on celebrating the beautiful liturgical seasons of the year, especially Saints' feast days. Our family's patron Saint is Pope John Paul II, as well as Our Lady Undoer of Knots. Our family life is crazy and messy and definitely imperfect, but we lean heavily on the truth that "grace perfects nature." We love being Catholic!

BEN & SUZANNE CUMBIE

  • His birthdate: 04.16.1977.

  • Her birthdate: 04.23.1977.

  • Marriage date: 04.29.2000.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? No.

  • His educational background & profession: Auburn University BS in Building Construction; Chief Operational Officer for a Construction Company.

  • Her educational background & profession: Auburn University BS in Nursing; RN but not currently employed; homemaker.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Adoration, Men & Women of Faith, small group leader (Ben), Bible study facilitator (Suzanne), Little Flowers Club leader (Suzanne), St. Vincent dePaul food pantry, Elijah Cup, Greeter Ministry.

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? Hiking, outdoors, family activities/sports, husband and wife dates.

His email: bcumbie@gmail.com

Her email: suzannecumbie@gmail.com

JASON & CATHERINE PLESS

  • His birthdate: 08.21.1969.

  • Her birthdate: 09.15.1969.

  • Marriage date: 07.29.1988.

  • Number of children: 2.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, Jason.

  • His educational background & profession: BS Marketing & Design; Marketing Specialist.

  • Her educational background & profession: MS Dietetics & Nutrition; Registered Dietician and Homemaker.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Adoration, St. Vincent dePaul Society, Men & Women of Faith, Faith Ablaze, Rosary Makers, Homeschool Program, 

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? Previous Ministries: Sacristan, EMHC, PSR teacher, RCIA, Wedding Guild.

His email: japless@hotmail.com

Her email: cmpless@yahoo.com

MARK & KRISTA HANRAHAN

  • His birthdate: 04.21.1981.

  • Her birthdate: 11.13.1982.

  • Marriage date: 05.28.2005.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? No.

  • His educational background & profession: MBA - Franciscan University; Program Manager.

  • Her educational background & profession: Theology & Catechetics - Franciscan University; homemaker.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Men & Women of Faith, Greeter Ministry, Elijah Cup, Women's Bible studies.

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? The Catholic Faith, marriage & family, sports, health & nutrition. 

JAMES & LINDSEY O'SHIELDS

  • His birthdate: 11.01.1971.

  • Her birthdate: 12.19.1974.

  • Marriage date: 02.07.1992.

  • Number of children: 4.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, both.

  • His educational background & profession: Masters & Paramedic; Firefighter.

  • Her educational background & profession: College; Artist.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Currently, none. We were involved as Sunday school teachers and youth leaders in the Episcopal church for years. Also served as an altar guild member and acolyte.

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? James: bass, guitar, music composition and recording, weight lifting, and fire training. Lindsey: painting, public art, French horn, hiking, camping, and reading. 

JAMES & MEREDITH YONUSHONIS

  • His birthdate: 08.08.1983.

  • Her birthdate: 08.27.1983.

  • Marriage date: 08.01.2009.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, Meredith.

  • His educational background & profession: Currently working towards Doctor of Chiropractic Degree; chiropractor student.

  • Her educational background & profession: Master's in Education; stay-at-home-mom, homeschooler, fitness coach.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Endow Women's group, couples' dinner with Fr. Neil, Greeter Ministry.

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? James was a wrestler in college and Meredith was a gymnast, and so we really love sports and being active. Before we were married, we went on Christopher West's Theology of the Body retreat. We are originally from Ohio and Pennsylvania, and just moved here in 2016 for James to attend Life University.

ED & VALERIE MORZEN

  • His birthdate: 12-251972.

  • Her birthdate: 08.19.1977.

  • Marriage date: 08.12.2000.

  • Number of children: 7.

  • Converts to Catholicism? No.

  • His educational background & profession: Bachelors in Theology & History - Franciscan University; Masters in Secondary Education - SUNY New Paltz; High School Teacher. 

  • Her educational background & profession: Bachelors in Elementary Education - SUNY New Paltz; homemaker/homeschooler.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Both Ed and Valerie are active in the Domestic Church on a daily basis. Ed attends the Men's groups and Valerie attends the Women's Groups. Our family occasionally greets at the 7:30am Mass on Sundays. Our oldest son is an altar server and has gone on mission trips with Life Teen, and is actively involved. Four of our children participate in the Federation of North American Explorers. We are also involved in the Homeschool ministry

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? Our family tries to build a joyful domestic culture that recognizes the love of God in our lives. We make an effort to prioritize each other and our relationship with our Heavenly Father. As a family, we enjoy hiking, cultural experiences, and board games. Ed and Valerie make it a priority to spend time together as a couple and aspire to build their emotional, spiritual, recreational, financial, and physical intimacy. Ed is inspired by the beauty of the outdoors, intellectual stimulation (podcasts, books, etc.), music, and movies, and the humor of everyday life. Valerie enjoys reading light fiction and books about the Faith. She enjoys a variety of crafts, poetry, and a warm cup of tea. We began as friends and have been crafting a life together since 2000.

His email: emorzen@gmail.com

Her email: valaroo300@yahoo.com.