By Carly York | Correspondent
Kay Hetherington, the new parish catechetical leader in St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, has devoted more than 20 years to serving in faith formation and religious education. Most recently she was a catechetical leader in St. Joseph Parish, Keyport, which is now part of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Keyport.
Hetherington holds a bachelor of arts degree in biblical literature from Azusa Pacific University, and a master’s degree in student development with an emphasis in pastoral counseling, also from Asuza in California.
Hetherington said she believes that experience is what helps the most in her role as PCL. “Learning how to be with people, learning how to address the needs in [a] community, every parish has different needs,” she said. “You have to be quick on your feet and respond in the moment for this job.”
Hetherington, who has five grown children, ranging in age from 25 to 30, said that she was raised Catholic when she was a child, but did not really understand her faith. However, when she was a student in a Christian college, she desired to grow in the faith. “I did not want that for my own kids – I wanted to make faith real to them,” she said of her inspiration to follow a career in religious education.
“My desire is for kids to realize they make a difference to the Church now. I want to make sure that our faith is relevant and living for kids today. Often the Church does not now give kids enough weight in the community. The Church needs to see that our kids are vital part of the faith family, and future,” she said.