Every Catholic conference today - NCEA, NPM, NCYC, etc. - offers workshops that address similar questions: "Where have the youth gone?," "Living in the age of the 'nones'," "How to bring youth back to your parish," and so forth. The absence of youth presence in parishes and schools is conspicuous.
At One Call, we believe that a root cause of the disconnection and disaffiliation of young people is a lack of involvement due to a lack of engagement. Young people have all the ability and maturity to serve the Church in real, active, and authentic ways. Young people possess many talents and abilities, particularly in the areas of music and leadership. They have a real desire to contribute to something in which they believe. So, the questions we should be asking ourselves are not, "where have they gone?" but, rather: "how do we receive their contribution?" "how do we proactively invite their presence?" "how do we encourage their participation and leadership?" "how do we recognize and utilize their God-given gifts and talents?"
One Call exists to engage, empower, and support young pastoral musicians. To do this, we offer an annual summer institute structured in two parts:
Founded in 2017, One Call is a sponsored program of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).
Jessica Garceau currently works for the Target Corporation in Minneapolis, MN and resides in Lino Lakes, MN. Jes completed her undergraduate studies at St. Catherine University in St. Paul and is currently studying to earn a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. One way she shares her love for music and leadership is by co-leading Target’s corporate choir known as “The Spots”. One of Jessica’s other passions is being the best auntie to her nieces and nephews. Jessica served on the staff of Music Ministry Alive! from 2008 until 2017.
Matt Reichert teaches at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. As an educator, Matt has served as an administrator, board member, and classroom teacher at middle school, high school, and undergraduate levels. A frequent workshop leader, Matt has presented at parishes, diocese, and institutions across the country as well as at NPM and NCEA conferences, and the L.A. Religious Education Congress. Matt is a member of the music ministry team at his parish and the Saint John's Abbey Schola. Matt served on the faculty of Music Ministry Alive! from 2003 until 2017.
Zack Stachowski is the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Ijamsville, Maryland. Zack works extensively as a liturgical musician performing and recording with artists such as David Haas, Marty Haugen, Michael Joncas, Lori True, Paul Tate, Stephen Petrunak and many others. Zack is also a composer with GIA Publications and released his debut CD in July 2017. An avid teacher and workshop leader, Zack has presented at NPM and NCEA conferences, as well as at the Mid-Atlantic Congress and L.A. Religious Education Congress. Zack served on the faculty of Music Ministry Alive! from 2008 until 2017.
One Call would simply not exist if it weren't for the generosity and guidance of our many partners and sponsors. These are businesses and organizations who believe in the importance of engaging and supporting young people, and we strongly encourage you to check them out and give them your support, in turn.