Campus minister seeks to strengthen bonds of faith
Name: Christopher Hueg
School: St. Mary Immaculate Parish School, Plainfield, Illinois
Educational Role: middle-school religion teacher, all-school campus minister
Tell us about your family: I grew up in Roseville, Minnesota, with my mom and sister.
When you were the age of your students, what did you want to be when you grew up? I have always wanted to be a teacher, from the first day I came home from kindergarten!
What are you reading right now? Busy Lives & Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace in Your Life by Becky Eldredge.
Is your desk at school messy or neat? During the day, my desk is “organized chaos”: I am known for having multiple projects and tasks out at a time, but at the end of the day, I like to put stuff back that is complete or filed away until the next day. There’s something about starting each day with a clean(-ish) desk!
Outside of school, what do you enjoy? Attending live theater — I am the director for our school’s drama club, and the best way to keep up with my work as director is to support live theater as much as possible. I also enjoy going to new restaurants, seeing the latest movies, and trying out local breweries with friends after a long week.
What about your students makes you proudest? In the classroom, I am most proud when my students are able to open up and share their personal faith stories with their classmates, especially when it may be something that not everyone has experienced or agrees with. At our after-school drama club, I am most proud of my students who put their hearts and souls into performing our musical. In my three years with the program, I have seen students come out of their shells and be someone they never knew they could be!
What do you like best about your school? Our school’s slogan is, “One family in faith, making Christ known.” I love the family atmosphere that is shared among our entire school community, from the students, parents, my colleagues, and even the volunteers and guests we have coming in and out of school on a daily basis. I feel a special bond with each member of our community and look forward to strengthening that with each new day.
Why do you choose to teach in a Catholic school? I attended Catholic school from kindergarten through college, including a post-graduate volunteer program with the Lasallian Volunteers (through the Catholic Volunteer Network). I am happiest when I am sharing my faith with others, and I cannot see myself teaching in any other school system. I love the opportunity to pray during the tough times, but also to give thanks during the joyous times; I appreciate the challenge of students who want to truly understand their faith; and I value the formation that is given to each person at the school, whether as a veteran teacher or a brand-new student.
Favorite classroom prayer: We pray “A Child’s Prayer to the Holy Mother Mary” as a school community at the end of our weekly Mass, and it is so powerful and enriching to hear my students praying it and reflecting on the message — to be like Mary and say yes to God, even without knowing the end result.
How can we find you on the web/social media?
Twitter and Instagram
Facebook: St. Mary Immaculate Parish School
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