Contributors

Pete Burak is the Director of i.d.9:16. He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is working toward a Master’s in Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI. Pete is a frequent speaker at numerous youth and young adult events, and he is the Camp Co-Director of Pine Hills Boys Camp. Pete and his wife Cait, have two daughters, Grace and Erin, and a new baby boy, Donovan.

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Mary Kathleen (Katie) Perrotta, an Ann Arbor native, is a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she studied Communications, Marketing, and Nonprofit Administration. She has been active since high school in youth ministry and pro-life outreach. She’s volunteered at Pine Hills Girls Camp for 6 years and interned with Be Love Revolution. She served for two years as President of Eastern Michigan University Students for Life, the campus pro-life advocacy group, for which she was awarded the Student Gold Medallion Award for Collegiate Leadership. During college, Katie was also selected as a Wilberforce Fellow with Students for Life of America, a yearlong, nationwide leadership program focused on mentoring young pro-life leaders.

Katie recently joined i.d. 916 as Program Coordinator, devoting her time to furthering the impact of i.d.9:16 via social media, running the Ann Arbor chapter and serving the leadership of various chapters, nationwide. She also serves on the Executive Board of ArborWoman, a pro-life medical center in Ann Arbor.  Katie has ten siblings, loves banana-headbands, Liturgy of the Hours, kayaks, hammocks, and Latin chanting.

 

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Originally from Bay City, Texas, Sean is a 2009 graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. Sean resides in Saline, Michigan, (just south of Ann Arbor) with his wife Lexie and their children Emma and Isaac. His home parish is Christ the King in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sean is currently employed as an assistant vice president mortgage loan officer at Ann Arbor State Bank. He also participates in ministry as often as he is able to. He has a passion for engaging young adults, young families, and audiences of all ages and backgrounds. He loves to encourage people to go all-in for Jesus. His core message centers around his experience of the death of his father when he was three years old and the subsequent healing that has taken place to bring him to abundant life in Christ.

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Patty is local youth minister who is mildly obsessed with Ignatian spirituality. When not endlessly fundraising for World Youth Day, she’s training for her first marathon, writing, and reading lots of books. Learning to find grace in all things, her greatest inspirations are Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton.

Find her tweeting and posting on the gram’orous life

Ali Hoffman has a passion for Jesus, the Catholic Church, her family, doughnuts, and Chipotle, in that order. She served with NET Ministries (www.netusa.org) and upon graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a degree in Catholic Studies and Family Studies, she moved back home to the GREAT state of Texas and is now a co-youth director at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic church in Carrollton, Texas. After encountering the Lord in a life changing way on a NET retreat as a sophomore in high school, she has made it her mission to teach people to know their worth, dignity, and that simply, they matter. Ultimately, she wants people to know how much impact we have on each other and how we’re created for such a time as this. (Esther 4:14). Also, she cannot emphasize enough how much she loves donuts.

For the past two years, Ali has been creating doodled artwork on Instagram (@TheOodlesOfDoodles) and has recently opened her own Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/theoodlesofdoodles). She loves making scripture and prayers beautiful because she sees her art as reflecting the beauty and majesty of God. Check her out!

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