Witness to Love Mentor Couples

Dear engaged couples,

Welcome to building the foundation for your Catholic marriage! One of the first steps in your Witness to Love journey is choosing a mentor couple.

 

Why should you choose a mentor couple? There is an immediate benefit from inviting a couple whom you trust and admire to walk with you before and after your wedding day. Your relationship with your mentor couple will help provide ongoing renewal as well as the spiritual and relational support needed throughout your married life.

Rooted, lasting relationships are vital for every newly married couple! 

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EDDY & KATE HERTY (currently unavailable)

  • 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. 

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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 (currently unavailable)

  • 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? Co-chair to St. Catherine of Siena school Home & Student Association and various other committees. 

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

His email: eprince1220@gmail.com

Her email: tica1180@yahoo.com

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DANIEL & MICHELLE WEST (currently unavailable)

  • His birthdate: 06.21.1980

  • Her birthdate: 01.27.1982.

  • Marriage date: 07.01.2004.

  • Number of children: 8.

  • 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. 

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RICK & CINDY GRUCA (currently unavailable)

  • 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

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BEN & SUZANNE CUMBIE (currently unavailable)

  • 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

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JAMES & LINDSEY O'SHIELDS (currently unavailable)

  • 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. 

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ED & VALERIE MORZEN (currently unavailable)

  • 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.

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ANDY & KRISTEN LICHTENWALNER (currently unavailable)

  • His birthdate: 11.11.1978.

  • Her birthdate: 08.16.1978.

  • Marriage date: 08.12.2002.

  • Number of children: 3 (4th due in December 2021)

  • Converts to Catholicism? No.

  • His educational background & profession: PhD Systematic Theology, CUA; MA Theology, U Dallas; AB Religion and Philosophy, UGA. Director of the Office of Formation and Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

  • Her educational background & profession: BS Ed Recreation Administration, UGA. Stay-at-home mom.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Men of Faith/Women of Faith/Couples of Faith; Bible study; Men's small group. Occasional speaker/music at events.

  • Special interests/hobbies/relevant information? Spending time with family and playing with the kids. Andy: Guitar and reading theology. Kristen: Exercise and decorating. Although we cherish our quiet family time, we also love to have our home filled with family, friends, and neighbors.

  • Our history: We met at the Catholic Center at UGA. We married in Augusta and then lived in Texas, DC, and Maryland before moving back home to GA in 2018. We love our Catholic faith and being members of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church!

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BRAD & DANIELLE SPITZNAGEL (currently unavailable)

  • His birthdate: 02.25.1987.

  • Her birthdate: 03.15.1986.

  • Marriage date: 05.25.2014.

  • Number of children: 4.

  • Converts to Catholicism? No.

  • His educational background & profession:BS Economics Supervisor for Fleet Group at Norfolk Southern

  • Her educational background & profession: BA English Literature Stay at home mom

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Before having kids of our own, we worked in youth ministry. (Arguably, we still do; just with a much smaller group!) We participate in Men and Women of Faith, and have kids in the preschool and grade school. 

  • Special Interests, Hobbies, Other Brad grew up in Indiana, Danielle grew up in California; we met in Atlanta in 2013. 8 years and 4 kids later, we consider ourselves pretty rooted in Kennesaw. We enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, finding new ways to be creative (drawing, painting, knitting), enjoying a good meal, and exploring things through the eyes of our kids. Brad likes to exercise; Danielle is trying to like it. 

His email: bspitzna@yahoo.com.

Her email: dspitz803@gmail.com.

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STEPHEN & JENNIFER WANDOR (currently unavailable)

  • His birthdate: 08.01.1991.

  • Her birthdate: 10.28.1991.

  • Marriage date: 05.25.2014.

  • Number of children: 3.

  • Converts to Catholicism? No.

  • His educational background & profession: BS Notre Dame and MBA from Emory. Delta Airlines

  • Her educational background & profession: BA Notre Dame Stay at home mom

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? 

  • Special Interests, Hobbies, Other: We love to travel, cheer for the Irish and play with our soon to be 3 boys. Stephen grew up in Michigan, Jen grew up in New Jersey and we met at Notre Dame through the Right to Life club. We have lived in Atlanta for almost 5 years after spending a few years in Seattle and getting to explore the PNW. Airplanes are a primary topic of conversation in our household. We were both raised Catholics and come from large Catholic families. Our faith is a huge part of our identity and lately, we find ourselves learning even more about the Catholic Church as our boys' curiosity intensifies with each liturgical season.

His email: swandor@alumni.nd.edu.

Her email: jgallic@alumni.nd.edu.

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JOSHUA & GABRIELLE RYSTEDT (currently unavailable)

  • His birthdate: 01.25.1992.

  • Her birthdate: 02.08.1992.

  • Marriage date: 06.22.2013.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, both.

  • His educational background & profession: Theology, Concordia Wisconsin. Small business owner, online marketing.

  • Her educational background & profession: BS Business Management, University of Baltimore. Homemaker/homeschooling mother.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's? Various men’s, women’s and couple’s ministries.

  • Special Interests, Hobbies, Other: We love to read and spend time outdoors. Joshua enjoys exploring Carmelite spirituality and Gabrielle loves to cook and tinker with all types of crafty endeavors. We both grew up in northern Maryland and met in 2012, as we were finishing college. We were married in 2013 and relocated our small business (and not-so-small family) to Atlanta in 2019 and quickly fell in love with the area and community. With five children under 8 and our sixth due in February 2023, there is never a dull moment in our home! One of our greatest joys is to learn alongside our children in homeschool and all of the things we do.

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DEACON JIM & STEPHANIE TRAMONTE (currently unavailable)

  • His birthdate: 03.06.1951

  • Her birthdate: 08.19.1950.

  • Marriage date: 08.12.1972.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? No.

  • His educational background & profession: BS Accounting, Law school, Deacon formation; Attorney - estate planning 

  • Her educational background & profession: BS Accounting; retired accountant

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's?  Deacon Jim - deacon duties, annulment advocate, Knights of Columbus, finance council. Stephanie - EMHC. Both - marriage ministry, Eucharistic Adoration guardians

  • Special Interests, Hobbies: Marriage ministry to engaged and married couples has always been a top priority for us. We have 35 years experience in this area. We have a large family and enjoy spending time with our 21 grandchildren. 

ALEX & KRISTEN MOYHER

  • His birthdate: 05.21.1986.

  • Her birthdate: 01.15.1986.

  • Marriage date: 11.30.2013.

  • Number of children: 5.

  • Converts to Catholicism? Yes, Kristen.

  • His educational background & profession: Master's from KSU; IT Analyst.

  • Her educational background & profession: Bachelor's from GA Southern; Professional Wife.

  • What ministries/programs are you involved in at St. Catherine's?  Greeters and various men's, women's, and couples' ministries.

  • Special Interests, Hobbies: Spending time with our boys, self-improvement study, growing our Catholic faith, historical/non-fiction movies/TV shows, building networks

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