For Rick Rodriguez, applying for a job at a church never really made sense because his work experience tied him to corporate America. Yet, when he was laid off from his job, despite the fact that it did not make sense, he decided to apply for a job with a church.
“I was guided to look into positions at the Diocese of Fort Worth, and that led to seeing an open position with St. Michael in Bedford,” Rick says. “My wife and I visited the church before I was offered the job — it felt like home, so we joined the
St. Michael family.”
Rick is the new Business Manager here at St. Michael. He and his wife have already gotten involved in the parish. His wife joined the Catholic Daughters and will be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, while Rick joined the Knights of Columbus and serves as a lector. They also participated at their first
St. Michael Feast Day.
“We serve because it is the right thing to do,” Rick says. “His grace pulled us through life-threatening medical issues — the least we can do is share our experience, strength, and hope with others. We have always tried to be active members of our parish. The fact that I work where I worship has turned out to be a more fulfilling experience than I thought it would be.”
Rick and his wife were both raised Catholics, so there were a lot of things about the faith that they simply accepted. They are now taking the opportunity to strengthen their faith through learning, studying and actively participating in being Catholic.
“Music helped me connect with the Church and my family growing up made sure I stayed Catholic,” Rick says. “Lifelong friendships were made at St. Thomas and CCD classes. Later, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and All Saints helped our young family establish ourselves. We sacrificed to make Catholic education a priority for all three kids, and we volunteered every step of the way to ensure we were there for their formation.”
Rick is excited to have the opportunity to work in an environment where he can openly thank God, praise Him, pray with others, and grow in his faith.
“All the challenges and growing pains are normal — thank you for giving me the opportunity to stub my toe as I learn to work in a church,” Rick says. “I trust you all and look forward to seeing what God does with this diverse team of doers.”