Who am I?  Let’s start with the basics. My name is Colleen Reiss Vermeulen (or Colleen Vermeulen, Colleen R. Vermeulen, etc. depending on where my  name shows up). I live in Ypsilanti, MI where I do a lot of things (just not all at the same time) like raise two little kids, facilitate courses for for STEP (Satellite Theological Education Program) in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, teach as an adjunct instructor in the Diocese of Lansing’s Theological Studies Program at Siena Heights University (Adrian, MI), blog for, teach in a Classical Homeschool Co-op, teach with the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan, and coach staff leaders as an Army Reserve officer. I also do regular ministry in my parish, Christ the King (Ann Arbor, MI).

A little more on my background… I completed a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 and a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from the Mendoza College of Business at University of Notre Dame in 2015. Before heading back to graduate school in 2010, I served on active duty as a U.S. Army Engineer Officer. Over the years, I’ve volunteered as a children’s catechist, children’s church leader, young adult ministry coordinator, chapel music director, parish website/social media administrator, parish adult faith formation coordinator, and served as a parish council member.

Why do I write? I started blogging a month or so before my first child was born, as a way of organizing thoughts for future research projects and papers, a way to think “out loud” about my own ministry questions. Over time, I’ve been blessed to realize that in writing, the Holy Spirit seems to constantly prepare me for future challenges and more importantly, help me continue to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, seeking to serve Him in whatever ways possible. I’m forced to be on the lookout for God at work and listen to the Holy Spirit more–reminders that I certainly need 🙂 Vermeulenauthorphoto For Speaking, Consulting, Writing, or Just to Chat….Contact Me:



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