HIGH SCHOOL-ADULTS CHOIR MINISTRY

Bob Milner “Outstanding Volunteer”

Bob Milner and his family have been members of St. Monica since 1994 and he has been in the St. Monica Choir since then. He has witnessed firsthand the importance of good music in Mass and believes that singing in the choir is the best thing he can do with his talent. He has served faithfully on multiple vital committees during his time here, and his humble leadership makes him one of the foremost volunteers in the Choir.

Nominated by Conner McMains 

CHOIR-HANDBELL ADULTS

Ellen Crim “Outstanding Volunteer”

Ellen Crim has been a member of St. Monica for 34 years and has spent over half that time in the St. Monica Handbell Choir. She has a contagious passion for music and for playing handbells, specifically, and enjoys the camaraderie of the bell choir, finding it a perfect way for her to serve God and the St. Monica Parish. Ellen has long been a key volunteer with the Handbell Choir, always putting the needs of the group above her own and helping to make sure the future of the group is considered at every turn. Her selfless, devoted service to the Handbell Choir and the Music Ministry have been crucial to the growth and success that both have seen.

Nominated by Conner McMains

12:30PM CONTEMPORARY BAND

Steffi Mendoza “Outstanding Volunteer”

Steffi has been an integral part of our 12:30 Contemporary Band ever since the day that she arrived at St. Monica. In addition to being a very skilled musician, she is a great steward of our Catholic faith, volunteering with Faith Formation and the Youth Ministry. Steffi is always willing to do whatever the liturgy needs, and she does it with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Our group would not be the same without her infectious energy and love for everything she does.

Nominated by Emmanuel Espiritu

5PM YOUTH BAND

Tess Hayes “Outstanding Volunteer”

Tess has been a member of the youth band for the last four years. In that time, I've seen her grow as a musician and as a person. She is a natural born leader who has so much charisma that people can't help but to gravitate to her. She has a great sense of humor and is always finding ways to keep everyone entertained during practice. Tess is always willing to help and to find new ways to help our group. She is one of the strongest personalities I've ever known, which is one of the reasons that I love her so much. St. Monica is incredibly lucky to have her in our Music Ministry.

Nominated by Emmanuel Espiritu

YOUTH CANTOR MINISTRY

Victoria Sorenson “Outstanding Volunteer”

Victoria has been my student for the last seven years. In those seven years, I've seen her blossom into a strong Catholic young woman who is an incredibly talented musician. In fact, she is probably the most talented student I've ever had. In addition to talent, she is also one of the most hard working students I've had, which makes for a really great musician, student, and all around person. When she cantors at Mass, she exudes a confidence that few do, a confidence that makes the congregation want to sing back in exuberant song. Her dedication to the youth band is second to none, and I count myself incredibly lucky to have her in my life.

Nominated by Emmanuel Espiritu