This month, I am sitting with Adam Soos, our new Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator at St. Bonaventure Parish. His story shows his passion to serve Christ by serving the youth of our parish.
We’re lucky to have him!
L: Can you tell me about yourself?
A: My name is Adam Soos. I went to St. Mary’s University College. I graduated with a major in english and a minor in political science. Since then, I was a social worker for two years, which gave me quite a bit of experience working with families. If parents didn’t have custody of their children, I would pick the children up and take them for visits with their parents and their families, supervise the visits and bring them back afterwards. So I gained experience in dealing with families in some tough social situations. Then I actually joined a former classmate to do some political calling and fundraising. From this, we started a pro-life organization called the National Right to Live Committee of Canada, which I am currently the Executive Director. I’ve also recently started here at St. Bonaventure Parish as the Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator.
In addition, I’ve recently married my wife, Caroline, (about three months ago). She was the Youth Ministry Coordinator at Holy Spirit Parish. So I have quite a bit of youth ministry experience from helping her with her ministry.
L: How long have you been involved in youth ministry?
A: This is my first position in youth ministry, but I’ve been volunteering on and off for the past 5 years together with Caroline.
L: Have you always been Catholic?
A: Yes, I’ve always been Catholic. I was born and raised Catholic and went through all of the Sacraments with school. My mom is French Canadian Catholic so I’ve certainly always been Catholic, but I haven’t always attended regularly. I went to church and for a brief while I was uncertain. I didn’t want to be that person who went to church if I didn’t believe exactly what it was and for a time I did struggle with what I believed. I’ve always admired Jesus as an individual, I just wasn’t familiar with the Church’s teachings. So I wasn’t sure what to do. As I got older, I started coming back to it, and then meeting Caroline deepened my faith experience. There’s a quote: “a woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.” (quote by Maya Angelou). This is the quote that sort of sums up my recommitment to the faith. My faith is something that I’ve never completely went away from, but it’s something that I wanted to be sure about rather than just giving lip service to.
L: What are some of the ways that your family encouraged your faith?
A: My mom with her French Canadian Catholic background, just made it a part of our lives. I wouldn’t say my family is particularly spiritual. My mom attends Mass fairly regularly and my dad will join her (he’s not Catholic although we’re working on him!). Our household was Catholic, but it wasn’t discussed a lot. Although we certainly do now. My mom always kept it a positive influence in the household. She made it appealing but she never forced it on me and I’m grateful for that. As a child I was told something and then it came to a point where I could decide if it is something that I believe in. And I think because my mom gave me that, I can commit to my faith as an adult with a (partially) complete understanding. I’m very interested in theology and I’ll read encyclicals and all of that stuff.
L: How has the Catholic Mass influenced your life?
A: It’s extremely significant. When I was struggling and I would still go to Mass, I always felt a tranquility with it. It was always a positive experience in my life and a time to reflect. But now more than ever it’s gained significance. The Mass is a constant reminder that somebody basically died in order that we can live a much better life and that we can be saved. So it’s a very personal experience for me. Particularly with the Eucharist. It’s something that’s extremely binding. It brings me to tears almost every time that I walk up. It’s been a big influence in my life. I’m sad that I didn’t have the Eucharist for a time in my life, but definitely something that I’m thankful to have in my life now.
L: How have you been blessed by your Catholic faith?
A: Countless ways! I’ve had so many opportunities. I’ve led a group to World Youth Day in Spain, which was a fantastic opportunity. I’ve gone on mission trips. One of the things that this has taught me is that you can get yourself all the things in the world but it doesn’t really mean that much. These experiences have ignited in me a passion for service. For example, in Peru, we were helping these people who had nothing to expand a school and they were so much happier than we were and they had absolutely nothing! I would never have experienced any of this if it hadn’t been through channels within the Catholic Church. And through the Sacraments. They’ve been there throughout my life, but I’ve definitely gained a great appreciation for them. With my wife, one of the reasons why I think we became so close was because of our faith and our Catholic community that was around us as well. All the blessings that I’ve gained are pretty much endless! While we were doing our marriage preparation program, someone asked us what our ideal jobs would be and I said I’d love to do pro-life organization work, maybe head up an organization or maybe work in a church. And God, having a sense of humour, has allowed me to do both!
L: Last question, do you have anything you’d like to say to the families of St. Bonaventure Parish as you begin your ministry here?
A: Yes. As Pope Francis said, there’s a need for saints, particularly in North America. There’s so much secularism and materialism that the kids who are coming here (to St. Bonaventure Parish) are coming here for a reason. They’re coming here because they know that there’s more and they want something different and I’m going to do the very best that I can not to disappoint them. I think that these kids are potential saints. This is an opportunity that if we don’t disappoint them, they can change the world. That’s what I’m hoping for.
Thank you so much, Adam, for taking the time to share your experiences with us.
Welcome to St. Bonaventure Parish!