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  • Deanna Tighe counts herself to be one of the lucky ones to have been born and reared in Seattle. After high school, she studied Religious Studies and Political Science at Hamline University in St. Paul, Mn and Glasgow University in Glasgow, Scotland. Graduating Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Political Science, Deanna went on to pursue her Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Ct. with an emphasis in New Testament Studies and the Pauline Epistles. Her time at Yale was deeply influential in her spiritual journey and was where she was received into the Catholic Church after having been baptized Dutch Reform as an infant. After receiving her MDiv, Deanna felt called to serve alongside the poor and disenfranchised in a more concrete manner. She joined the Maryknoll Lay Association as a Lay Missioner and lived in Tanzania and Kenya, ministering in both rural and urban parishes during her stay there. After moving back stateside, she worked for Catholic Relief Services as a project manager for their Strategic Plan’s Justice Strategy and had the great honor to facilitate international interreligious workshops on Catholic Social Teaching from Pakistan to Jerusalem/West Bank. Deanna has also had the privilege of serving as Director of Youth Ministry, a Campus Minister at Duquesne University, and a pastoral associate for stewardship before beginning her position at Christ Our Hope in 2017. Animated by the Christian call to love our brothers and sisters, Deanna attempts to put her faith into concrete action and considers it a privilege to serve alongside the many loving parishioners of Christ Our Hope in Downtown Seattle.

    Pam Thompson was born and nurtured in the Catholic faith and attended Catholic elementary and high school in Chicago. She received a BS Ed from Illinois State University with certification in Special Education for Blind and Visually Impaired. She taught Blind and Visually Impaired students in Texas and Chicago school districts, Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Foundation for the Jr. Blind in Los Angeles before moving to Seattle in 1984. Once in Seattle, she worked in and managed a Seattle restaurant before volunteering in a Seattle School and working as an Office Assistant. Pam worked as Office Manager for a Presbyterian Church for 16 years prior to working at Christ Our Hope, where she has worked since September 2014. Although her faith journey has taken her to the Presbyterian Church, USA where she is an active member of Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, her work focus has always been in the service of those in need.

    Originally from Florida, Thomas Varas moved to Seattle in 2005. Throughout high school he sang in the St. James Cathedral Choir, was a rehearsal accompanist for choirs at his high school and worked as accompanist for the Norwegian Ladies’ Chorus of Seattle. After graduating from Ballard High School in 2012 and with nine years of piano and organ study, he went on to be the associate organist at St. Cecilia on Bainbridge Island. In July 2013 he took the position as primary organist for Holy Family in Seattle where he would work for the next five years while also accompanying for the Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle. Beginning as a volunteer, Thomas sang in the growing Choir of Hope before being asked to take over as pianist for the 7 PM and 5 PM Spanish masses. In July 2018 at the request of Fr. Paul Magnano, he resigned from his other roles and accepted the Pastoral Associate of Music position here at Christ Our Hope.  

    Lauren Pusich was raised just outside of Seattle and attended Eastside Catholic High School with both Fr. Paul and Fr. Heric’s respective nephew and nieces. It was there that she began planting roots of service that would be further nurtured in her time at Seattle University. Deeply involved with Campus Ministry, she spent most of her college career as the Student Coordinator for the Cathedral Kitchen at St. James. Upon graduating magna cum laude, she spent a year in Idaho as a Jesuit Volunteer with a local Domestic Violence nonprofit. According to her, a year being of intentionally living the values of simple living, spirituality, social & ecological justice, and community does ruin you for life. In her return to Seattle she began work with Catholic Housing Services as an Event Coordinator located at the Josephinum, a position that is grown into a shared role with Christ Our Hope. Since April 2017, she has served as the Immersion Coordinator for the parish bringing local students and youth groups to downtown Seattle to experience the mission of Christ Our Hope. Lauren delights in telling the students that the seeds planted on their immersion experiences are ones they may not discover until down the line when they are coordinating service days themselves.

    Helen Byrne was born in Cork, Ireland, adopted by Dympna and Patrick Byrne from Dublin. Having completed high school in Cork, Helen's love for travel and passion for languages led her to spending a year living and working in Essen Germany. Helen is the proud mother of one son, Daniel,  who is currently studying to be a Physical Education teacher the University of Central Lancashire, U.K. Helen's professional career at Amazon resulted in Helen spending a number of years living and working in Ireland, Japan and the Czech Republic. Helen relocated to Seattle, Washington in 2016 and now works for Nordstrom Customer Care. Helen joined Christ Our Hope as an office volunteer in March 2018 and is now responsible for the weekly bulletin. If you have any ideas or feedback for the bulletin be sure to share them!