Andy Ziny may already be a familiar face to many parishioners, having been a parishioner here at St. Patrick since 2006. One year ago, he began working as our receptionist and recently transitioned into the role of finance officer.
“The position includes preparing the budget, monitoring the execution of the budget, balancing the books, and related ancillary tasks,” he says.
Born in Chicago and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., Andy spent 24 years on active duty in the United States Air Force and more than 14 years as an Air Force civilian employee.
“While I was assigned as an assistant professor of history at the Air Force Academy, in 1989 I became a lector, an usher, and joined a ministry that videotaped Vigil Masses for broadcasting to the inpatients at the hospital on the base,” Andy says. “As we moved to other assignments I volunteered at parishes as I was able.”
Since 2005, Andy and his family have lived in Colorado Springs. He and his wife, Michele, have two children and one grandchild. In addition to serving in our parish office as a staff member, Andy is also very active in the parish through many different ministries.
“Since 2017 I’ve been involved in the Haven program of the Fostering Hope Foundation, working with young adults aging out or who are already out of foster care,” he says.
To name a few areas of involvement, Andy has been a lector for 16 years, a facilitator of Scripture studies for 14 years, an Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion for 14 years (and a servant leader for six years), and has been an instituted acolyte for over five years. Previously, Andy has served as a sacristan, participated in the Finance Council, and was on the Pastoral Council from 2017 to 2020. Finally, Andy has coordinated the Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket programs since 2014.
“I’m also a hobbyist woodworker and I’ve completed some projects for St. Patrick and other parishes,” he says.
Serving in our parish community is something Andy feels is the right thing to do. He is glad to be a member of St. Patrick and says our priests have made it a joy for him to serve over the years.
“God blessed me with gifts and talents, and a lot of people helped me to get where I am today — parents, teachers, co-workers, bosses — lots of people who have been in my life,” he says. “It’s not possible to repay them, so I try to pay it forward. And I try to appreciate the blessings God has provided — more than I can appreciate. The parish is the place to anchor my faith life.”
For those who might be hesitant about getting involved in parish life, Andy offers some helpful suggestions.
“The ‘world’ wants to suck the life out of your soul,” he says. “The Bible is where you find the truth. Take advantage of the opportunities made available by the parish to deepen your faith and preserve your salvation. Go at whatever pace suits you, your family, and your other responsibilities, but don’t let the ‘world’ conquer you.”