“Faith, Hope and Love.” These are the three elements Cindy Craft will use to “build a strong foundation” in her new position as coordinator of religious education in St. Pius X Parish, Forked River.
No stranger to ministry work, Craft began as a youth minister in 2008 in St. Mary Parish, Barnegat; she became the director of religious education there in 2014. Since that time, she has completed her bachelor of science degree in religious studies from Georgian Court University, Lakewood.
Married to Deacon Philip Craft for 37 years, they have three children and six grandchildren. She recalled being involved with her children’s faith formation since they were young, saying that when she recognized the need for them “to expand their knowledge in the faith beyond Confirmation,” she was inspired get into youth ministry work.
As the coordinator of religious education, Craft will be responsible for developing and implementing the curriculum for grades one through eight. In addition, she will oversee the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process.
A main concern for Craft as she prepares to carry out her work is to make sure that her students “are getting the correct teachings of the Catholic Church and not ones that are molded by secular standards … and society,” she said, referring to misinformation on the Church that is disseminated on social media.
While the pandemic may bring some hurdles, Craft is determined to persevere in her role. “Each day continues to bring new challenges, but I am tackling them one by one and reminding myself daily that it is all for the Glory of God.”