About Jared Anderson
Jared Anderson brings a unique style and spirituality to his ministry, having been formed by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, the Salesians of Don Bosco, and also having been steeped in Black Catholic Spirituality and Tradition. He has been in active ministry since 2002, when as a sophomore at St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, CA) he was invited to a youth leader conference and to service at a resident summer camp. He has designed and collaborated on programs ranging from retreats to youth catechetical programs and comprehensive youth ministry programs, to comprehensive young adult ministries, faith formation programs, and workshops on Black Catholic Spirituality. He is currently working on a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and serves as the Director of Formation and third- and fourth-grade teacher at Divine Saviour School in Los Angeles.

The Power of Witness and Appropriate Self-Disclosure in Faith Formation

St. Paul VI once wrote, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” (Evangelii Nuntiandi) As someone who recently transitioned from youth minister to third-grade teacher at a Catholic school, I’ve been seeking a balance between my identities of witness and teacher in order to bring my students closer to Jesus. I have been on too many retreats where “witness […]