- Issue 1
With another school year comes many amazing new faces at Kennedy Catholic. We are extremely excited about the talented faculty and staff who have chosen to join us in fostering academic and spiritual success for our Lancer students!
Please enjoy a detailed interview with our new school chaplain, Fr. Jim Northrop. Fr. Jim has been a priest for over 20 years and currently serves as the pastor of St. Thomas Catholic church in Tukwila, where he guides people from many different cultures, languages and ways of life.
Q: What are you most excited for in this new chapter at Kennedy Catholic?
A: I am excited about working with the students and faculty at Kennedy Catholic, helping us all experience more joy and abundant life as followers of Christ. I have always enjoyed working with youth and was a junior in high school myself when I had a powerful conversion experience that opened the door to my vocation.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about your calling?
A: The most rewarding experience for me is when people begin to realize and experience the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit, moving away from being governed by a spirit of fear to living out of their dignity as children of God. So many people in the Church are surrounded by the message of God’s love but have yet to experience it. If I can help others experience this powerful love, it is an incredibly rewarding and joyful experience for me.
Q: What are you most passionate about?
A: I am most passionate about helping people rediscover the role of the Holy Spirit within the Church and the grace of Pentecost to help us face any challenges ahead.
Q: What has been your favorite part about working at Kennedy Catholic so far?
A: I am still pretty new but I am enjoying the opportunity to meet people and learn more about the community. People here have been incredibly friendly and welcoming!
Q: Outside of being priest, what are some things you really enjoying doing?
A: I enjoy fishing and hunting, listening to and creating music, hiking, and photography.
Below is a photo Fr. Jim took in September while on a photography trip in British Columbia.
FR. JIM'S FAST FACTS
Favorite food: Thai food
Years as a priest: 22
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite animal: Cats
Favorite movie: Lord of the Rings
Favorite book: Fr. Elijah, by Michael O’Brien
Favorite country traveled to: Italy
Coffee or tea: Coffee
Secret (or not so secret talent): Singing
NEW STAFF FAST FACTS
Peter Traube – Science Teacher
Favorite food: Cheeseburger
Secret (or not so secret) talent: Throwing a frisbee four different ways
Favorite animal: Cheetah
Favorite country traveled to: China
Conor Doyle - Librarian
Favorite food: freshly baked biscuits
Favorite book: You Can’t Go Home Again – Thomas Wolfe
Most passionate about: How the information we consume shapes and changes us
Phone call or text: Phone call
Caroline Cacabelos – Activities Coordinator/Leadership Teacher
Favorite animal: koala bear
Favorite movie: High School Musical
Secret (or not so secret) talent: I am a certified dance fitness instructor
Do you have a pet? There's been a spider living in the driver-side rear-view mirror of my car for about two months now, does that count?
Katherine Crow '15 – Math Teacher
Favorite book: My Sister’s Keeper
Favorite country traveled to: Ireland
Hang-gliding or white-water rafting: white water rafting!
Mountains or ocean: Mountains
Christopher Volk – English Teacher
Favorite food: Pasta with pesto and feta
Favorite movie: Jurassic Park
Do you have a pet? Two corgis
Most excited for this year: Discussing poetry and prose with kids
Jerome Williams – Health & Fitness Teacher
Favorite color: Blue for color and Grey to wear
Favorite country traveled to: Maldives
Secret (or not so secret) talent: Riding a unicycle
Hang gliding or white-water rafting: Hang gliding
Carlos Palacian - Liturgist
Favorite color: Crimson
Most passionate about: My faith and family
Hang gliding or white-water rafting: white water rafting
Most excited for this year: Swim Season and the Cleveland Browns!
Harley Wells-Schultz - Athletic Coordinator, Youth Programs
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite book: Extreme Ownership
Most excited for this year: To use sports to teach life lessons and connect the community to this great school
Alisa Haines – Library Assistant
Favorite color: Pink or Mustard Yellow
Most passionate about: Disney – I did their College Program and I travel to the parks as often as I can!
Mountains or ocean: Ocean
Hang gliding or white-water rafting: Neither – Zipline!
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