Maureen Schafer

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator and Middle School Impact Coordinator

headshot of OLPH staff memebr Maueen SchaferMaureen grew up going to mass with her family and attending the local Catholic school in Richland, WA. She earned her BS in Biology from Gonzaga University on an ROTC scholarship and served in the U.S. Army as an ordnance officer. She met her husband, Brady, while serving in Korea and jokes that God had to send her halfway around the world to find her vocation. Brady and Maureen homeschooled their three children, Hunter, Emmy and Leo for 19 years and during that time she taught middle and high school science classes and was a catechist of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

She earned her certification in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I (ages 3-6), Level II (ages 6-9) and Level III (ages 9-12) from the Center for Children and Theology in Washington, D.C. The catechesis helped her to fall in love more deeply with God and she sees it as her mission to put the hand of the child, youth, teen or family that she serves into the hand of Jesus.

What do you love best about OLPH?
It’s all about family, community and, of course, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

What inspires you?

“Seeing families in the struggle to make mass a priority. Struggles might be having lots of little ones, or an adult child with special needs, or caring for an ill spouse or being a widow(er), or even coming to mass alone with your kids. Seeing everyone striving to love the Lord no matter what,
inspires me to do the same.”

What do you do in your free time?

With family, especially my two grandsons, Asher and Xavier. I love to play with kids, do 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles, and being in nature, walking, biking or camping. I also love to bake.

Who is your hero?

“My husband, Brady. No matter how tough things get or the struggles he’s had to face during cancer treatment, he never gives up and gives it all to Jesus.