For the past five years the Shannon family has called Chester Springs (and by extension, Saint Elizabeth Parish) their home. This is now the 18th place that Tim and Mia Shannon have called home in their 34 years of marriage! They are the youngest children from two military families and are accustomed to frequent family moves.

Mia and Tim started dating during high school in Orlando, Florida and both went on to attend the University of Central Florida. They were married right after graduating from college in 1987 and their journey together around the country began. “Some moves were for family reasons, some for work and some because we like change,” they explained.

The Shannons have four children. Their twins, Tyler and Samantha, are 31 years old. Tyler graduated from North Carolina State University and was recently accepted into law school. He lives with his wife, Nicole, in Alburgh, Vermont. Samantha has a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado and is a teacher in Durham, North Carolina.

They also have two teenage boys who are currently attending Downingtown East High School. Zachary “Zack,” age 16, is a sophomore and Luke, age 15, is a freshman. They are both actively involved in the parish Youth Ministry Program and enjoy all of the activities.

Tim and Mia have been very involved in parish life since they arrived in our area. Mia attended the RCIA program and was welcomed into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in March 2018. She now offers her stewardship service at the narthex hospitality desk before and after weekend Masses, to the Elementary Faith Formation Program and the 25th Anniversary Capital Campaign committee. Tim is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, has served as a catechist and is a member of the Men’s Spirituality group.

“We also volunteer our time within the parish on an ad hoc basis as opportunities arise,” they said. “Having moved many times, volunteering with the parish has proven to be a wonderful way to meet like-minded people and engage within the parish community, all while making very good friends.”

When asked about the best part of offering their stewardship service, Tim and Mia answered that they believe that church is not defined by a building or structure, “Saint Elizabeth is defined and characterized by its staff and its parishioners. We like to engage, interact and contribute. It’s our small way to help the parish community evolve and prosper,” they said.

We at Saint Elizabeth are happy to have the Shannon family here on this stop in their journey and hope it will be an extended stay!

-Sara Richardson