Julia Bobak was raised in Ellicott City, Maryland. She grew up right down the street from OLPH and first found her love for ministry as a teen engaged in the parish’s religious education, youth group, and peer ministry. She attended Howard High School and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Catechetics and Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, where she met her husband, Brian Bobak. Upon graduation, she ran the Pittsburgh marathon, made a pilgrimage 500 miles across Spain (El Camino de Santiago), then joined the Society of Our Lady of the Trinity (SOLT) in Belize for a year of mission work teaching Theology of the Body and coaching soccer to high schoolers. After racing the Ruta Maya (170-mile 4-day canoe race across the Belize River), finishing up a great year of mission, and getting engaged to Brian, Julia returned to Maryland to start her Master’s in Theology online through the Augustine Institute. She also began teaching middle school theology at Immaculate Conception School in Towson, MD. After getting married, two years of teaching, and the birth of her firstborn Brigid Kateri, Julia couldn’t wait to return to OLPH to start the exciting journey of ministry at the very place she was first formed, filled, and sent out to do God’s work years before.
What do you love best about OLPH?
The youth! This was the very home that I grew up in as a teen, and I am pumped to be back to walk with them towards a full life filled with abundant adventure and grace.
What do you do in your free time?
When I’m not snuggling my baby, I love playing pick-up soccer with my husband, visiting Jesus in the adoration chapel, and enjoying a Guinness at the new Open Gate Brewery down the road.
Who is one of your heroes?
Our Lady of Guadalupe is my main girl. This Lady is constantly working to get my prayers heard and answered. She has proven time and again that she has clothed my family in her mantel of love, grace, and protection. My husband and I made a pilgrimage to her in Mexico City a few years ago and are anxious to get back soon!