High school graduate recognized for faith, works

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 6/1/18

St. Anne and St. Jude Roman Catholic Church recently recognized one of its young members for participating in a statewide youth evangelism team aimed at ministering to other young members of the Catholic church.

Danielle Owen, 18, a senior at St. …

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St. Anne and St. Jude Roman Catholic Church recently recognized one of its young members for participating in a statewide youth evangelism team aimed at ministering to other young members of the Catholic church.

Danielle Owen, 18, a high school senior graduating from Homeward Educaiton Association, worked as a member of the Diocese of Charleston's evangelization team to help strengthen the faith of her peers or encourage them to stay in the church.

Awards were given to the graduating seniors on the team, Owen said.

Her mother, Denise Owen, said her daughter was modest in her reasoning for receiving the award and said she earned the award through effort and strong faith.

"We take our faith seriously," Denise Owen said.

Joining the evangelization team in itself is a great thing because it takes multiple steps such as completing an application, writing an essay and sitting through an interview, she said.

They are looking for students who are excited about God and have great potential for leadership, she said.

And, out of the 60 applicants, only 27 students were chosen, she said.

Danielle and the other members have a very important role in reaching middle school students and other high school students, Denise Owen said.

It's really neat to see where these high school students are in their walk with Christ and how they can lead the younger students, she said. That's why it's such an honor to be part of the team, she said.

Danielle Owen was the only person from Sumter to participate in the evangelization team this year, said Nicole Macedo, director of faith formation at St. Anne and St. Jude Roman Catholic Church.

She is one of the most deserving young adults, she said.

She is also a member of St. Anne and St. Jude's local youth ministry, the God Squad, which helps plan activities for younger church members, Macedo said.

"She's always willing to step up," said St. Anne and St. Jude Youth Minister Frank Costas who has known Danielle for about four years.

There are so many words to say about her that can't be said within a few minutes, he said during the interview.

She has helped serve food at Sumter United Ministries Emergency Shelter, repaired roofs on Sumter homes, cleaned up areas throughout the city and hung wreaths on the fence of Sumter Cemetery for the National Wreaths Across America Ceremony, he said.

Danielle Owen's participation, on top of her other commitments, Costas said, shows her dedication to her faith.