Longtime catechists at St. Andrew Kim honored
By Veronica Ambuul
COLORADO SPRINGS. Three members of St. Andrew Kim Parish were honored by Bishop James Golka for their combined 62 years of volunteer service to the parish as catechists and other roles in service to youth of the parish.
The three are Michael Hwang, who retired after 22 years as a catechist and 15 years as youth minister; Helen Hwang, who retired after 21 years as a catechist with 15 years as Director of Religious Education; and Ivo Fronzaglia, who retired after 19 years as a catechist.
The catechists were presented with certificates of appreciation by Bishop Golka on July 6 at the Catholic Pastoral Center.
On hand for the event was El Paso County Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez Jr.
“I’m pleased to see Helen, Michael and Ivo being recognized for their years of support to St. Andrew Kim,” Gonzalez said. “All three have been wonderful examples for our parish and vital in helping mold our youth into becoming wonderful, God-loving young adults. It’s been a great experience to be able to work alongside them, learn from them, and observe their dedication to our Church and our youth.”
St. Andrew Kim parishioner Jay Gabriel Chang also paid tribute to the three volunteers.
“Each of you has greatly impacted dozens of students’ lives for the better in so many ways — as teachers, mentors and friends. . . . Thank you for all of your patience and devotion to starting our children off on their paths. Our community is better off thanks to the care you have given to our Sunday School students.”
“I have known Helen and Michael Hwang for over 30 years, not only as parishioners of St. Andrew Kim Parish but as dear friends,” said parishioner Rhoda Sowa in a written tribute. “As a team, they have been a driving force, not only in the catechism of our youth, but in the organization of youth activities where faith and the Lord’s teachings have been applied. These activities range from religious summer camps and retreats to fun, Catholic-centered ski trips, camping trips and volunteer opportunities to serve the less fortunate within our community.”