Evan Brankin

Hello!

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, and your coordinator of youth ministry. I moved to Davenport from Williamsburg, VA, where I lived for eight years. I worked as a volunteer with middle school and high school students at St. Bede Catholic Church for much of that time. I’m originally from Chicagoland. I was born in the city and lived in the suburbs most of my life, so I’m no stranger to the Midwest, to winter, or to corn. I attended Marmion Academy for high school and Miami University (Ohio) for college. After college, I lived in Japan for two years, teaching English and working with middle school and elementary school students. I speak English and Japanese fairly well now, and also some French, Chinese, Korean and Italian. I’m learning the latter for a pilgrimage to Rome this fall. I love to read and write, especially poetry, theology, and fiction, and I dabble in painting and drawing. I also practice martial arts, brew my own beer, and otherwise find ways to glorify God and enjoy life with my friends and fellow disciples.

You can see I have traveled great distances, and made some big moves in my life. I’ve been Catholic all my life, but I’ve experienced many profound moments of metanoia, or conversion, that give me wide experience of spiritual changes in life as well. These conversions are part of the work of God’s grace in my life. He has led me on a continual journey through all the wilderness of modern life, never letting me fall too far from Him, and always bringing me to a more perfect love for Him and a more complete freedom. This journey has led most recently to discerning religious life and a new mission with youth ministry and thus to my arrival here, ready to serve God, you, and the parish community. I look forward to sharing more of my story with you and hearing yours in the months to come, and building up some truly amazing friendships as we grow as disciples of Jesus together!

In the peace of Christ,

Evan Brankin