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Hi there! My name is Karen Jarosz and I am really excited to be part of the St. James Evangelization team! I will be leading the Open Doors Ministry this year. When Open Doors began at St. James, I knew it was a ministry that was close to my heart. I volunteered for four years and had a wonderful experience working with a very special little girl. I also got to know other mentors, teachers, and children in the program. Being part of Open Doors made it crystal clear to me the need for all of God’s children to be included, cared for, and loved. Open Doors Ministry provides all of these, and I am so proud to be leading this ministry for St. James.

I have been a parishioner here since 2000, and a teacher at St. James School since 2015. I am a licensed Learning Behavior Specialist, and my favorite people in the world are children, so I consider myself very fortunate to work with them daily! My husband, Chris, and I were married here in 2011, and have a blended family with six (almost grown) children of our own. I am very blessed to have all of these loving souls in my life, and thank God constantly!

I hope to be of service to you this year. If you are interested in learning more about Open Doors, or would like to volunteer as a mentor, please reach out to me at