The Stauffer Family have become synonymous with stewardship service since they moved to Chester County and joined Saint Elizabeth Parish in August 2000!

David and Laurie both grew up in York, PA, and attended the same high school, but did not meet at that time since they were four years apart in their schooling. They were introduced by their mothers, who were co-workers. At the time, Dave worked in Manhattan and Laurie still lived at home. After a long-distance courtship, they were married on July 31, 1993 at Saint Joseph Church in York.

Dave, a chemist by trade, currently works for a pharmaceutical company. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Laurie was a Spanish translator. She currently works part-time in a doctor’s office.

Both Dave and Laurie have been very active parishioners over their years at Saint Elizabeth. Dave has served as a lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, served on the Stepping Forward Together capital campaign team, was involved with Christ Renews His Parish  (CRHP) and the Men’s Spirituality Ministry.

Laurie is currently a vocalist for the Guitar Group and participates in the Crafting Hands Ministry. She participated in the CRHP program, has served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and as a parent helper with Cub Scouts, and helped with the Advent Giving Tree project. She has also participated in Walking with Purpose and Adult Bible Study groups.

The Stauffers are blessed with four active children, who all attended Regina Luminis Academy. Andrew, 25, also attended Devon Preparatory School and graduated from Christendom College in 2019, where he studied Philosophy and Theology. He is a vocalist and has offered stewardship service as an altar server and in the TAPistry choir.

Their daughter, Elena, 23, is a licensed massage therapist and has an interest in martial arts. She previously served as an Elementary Faith Formation catechist, a lector, and a vocalist with both the TAPistry choir and the Guitar Group.

Son Peter, 18, also has an interest in music and martial arts. He is a singer and pianist, and has also served with TAPistry, as well as being an altar server and lector. (See our special sidebar about what’s next for Peter!)

Youngest son Thomas, 15, currently attends Downingtown East High School. He is a singer and guitarist, and also enjoys martial arts. He currently serves as an altar server and is a member of the High School Youth Group.

“The most fulfilling groups I have been a part of are the CRHP Men’s Renewal team and the ongoing Men’s Spirituality Ministry,” Dave said.

Laurie also has had a positive experience with several of our parish ministries: “First is the Guitar Group. I’ve always loved to sing, and I joined the group in December, 2000. Over the years, our group has become like a family. Being together with our group lifts my spirits every time! I find that singing is truly a prayerful experience; and as a member of the group and as a cantor, I find fulfillment in leading the congregation in worship,” she said.

“Second is my experience in both attending and giving the CRHP retreat weekend. I learned a lot about myself during the weekend and during my discipleship experience in preparation to present the retreat to others. These women are among my most beloved friends, and we have continued to gather over the past four years to share faith, friendship and fun!” Laurie added.

We are inspired by the Stauffer family for their great examples of stewardship to the parish and thank them for their devoted service!

- Sara Richardson