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Hello my name is Matthew Lawson and I am so excited to be serving this parish as the Middle School Youth Coordinator. I am in charge of our confirmation groups as well as the EDGE program for our middle schoolers.

I grew up in rural middle Georgia. My older brother, my younger sister and I were raised Catholic and attended a vibrant growing parish in the diocese of Savannah.  It was in this parish that I encountered and was transformed by the same programs that I now get to help lead at this parish.  Which is why I am so excited to be able to serve you in this capacity and to help give to others what God has given to me.  It was early in high school when I started to take my faith seriously and with the nurturing of my community at home it had become the center of my life by the time I left for college. I went to the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS) for a short time yet I soon felt called to the seminary. I entered and attended Saint Joseph’s Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana with the Archdiocese of Atlanta for two years.  I graduated with my bachelors in Philosophy and the Liberal Arts and also discerned out of the seminary. I have worked in parishes as a seminarian and have also served as a missionary at Life Teen’s summer camp in Georgia.

I am passionate about youth ministry and consider myself blessed to be able to serve the Saint James community in this capacity.  Feel free to come and talk to me anytime. I look forward to seeing what God has planned for this community.


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