Courtney Bernhardt

Coordinator of Middle School Youth Ministry

Tell us about yourself:
When I think of describing my life, a St. John Paul II quote comes to mind: “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure”. I am married to my dear husband, Brian, and we have a two year old daughter, sweet Thérèse Marie. I was born and raised in Bourbonnais, IL. I attended the University of Illinois and Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and minor in Psychology. I love serving the Church and have been blessed to do so in many ways through being a: FOCUS and Totus Tuus missionary, previous youth minister, Blessed Is She Parish Leader, and so many other amazing ministries. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, going to coffee shops, working out, finding a great place to explore, traveling to see loved ones, and spending time with Jesus in Adoration.

When did you start serving at St. James?
I started working at St. James in September 2021. It has been such a blessing so far.

Why are you passionate about serving at St. James?
One of my greatest joys is accompanying young people and their families in their relationships with Christ due to my own encounter with Christ as a youth being life changing. I desire to journey with each of the families at St. James and encounter Christ and the beautiful riches of our Catholic faith.

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