Staff - Darlene

Coordinator Christian Faith Formation

Darlene Wade, Ext. 18

Darlene Wade is ecstatic to return to her home parish as the Coordinator of Religious Education and Youth Ministry. Her love of her faith drives her to ignite the same passion in all of the youngsters she encounters. She has been a catechist for over 15 years and has taught children of all ages. If you ask her what age group she prefers, her answer would be ”I don’t have a favorite!” She enjoys leading children of all ages closer to Jesus.

Darlene has come to us from the parish of St. Joseph in Maplewood where she led the K-8 Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Programs. She was also in charge of preparing the children to receive the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation. This was one of the favorite parts of her ministry. She adores bringing the children to the table of the Lord and helping teens prepare to say YES to their faith. Darlene coordinated the Children’s Liturgy of the Word for preschool – second grade children and implemented monthly Family Masses. For the teens she held monthly Teen Masses and provided service opportunities so they could learn to be true Disciples of Christ. Before going to St. Joseph she served our parish as the Youth Minister until September of 2011. She is delighted to have come home!

Darlene has been blessed with a wonderful family that includes her husband of 22 years Dean, and her 3 children Jessica, Gabby, and Jon. She has lived in Budd Lake for 11 years and has been a parishioner at St. Jude parish during this time.

Darlene completed her Certification in Religious Education and Youth Ministry at the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2011 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Theology. Darlene also serves as an Extraordinary Minister.