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My name is Greg Aitchison (pronounced like the letter “H” + ison). If you’re interested, below is a brief rundown of who I am, where I’m from, my journey of faith, etc.
I was born and raised in the magnificent (no, HEAVENLY!) state of Iowa (Go Hawks!). I attended Catholic school from kindergarten to my senior year of high school before heading off to Iowa State University. After a year of being internally nagged by faith-related questions (Why be Catholic? What will make me truly happy? Does God even exist? Etc.) I transfered to the University of St. Thomas in search for answers (of which I believe I found!). In 2004 I graduated with a degree in Theology and a double minor in Catholic Studies and Youth and Family Ministry.
Upon graduating I spent a year discerning the priesthood and studying Philosophy at Mundelein Seminary (near Chicago). During this time I came to the realization that God had a different vocation set aside for me (or as I like to say, “God kicked me out of seminary”). I soon applied and was accepted into the University of Notre Dame’s ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) service-learning program. Following two summers of class work at Notre Dame and two years of teaching 5th-8th grade Theology at a Catholic school in Dallas, Texas, I received my Masters in Education and promptly moved back to the beautiful Midwest (mostly so this could happen!).
In the summer of 2008 I became the luckiest man on earth when I married my college sweetheart, Kate. Since then we’ve been blessed with three little ladies: Mary Sharon, Piper Mae, and Zoe Noelle. I like to say to myself, “Blessed am I among women”. 🙂
In the fall of 2007 I began teaching middle school Religion at Our Lady of Grace in Edina, MN. While my position at OLG certainly helps put bread on the table and pay off the bills, I can honestly say that the reason I’m teaching is because I feel like it’s what God has called me to do. Lucky for me, I get to spend time laughing, praying, and learning with amazing kids each and every day!
Each year I tell my students what goals I have as their Religion teacher. Every year they are always the same:
1. To teach you a ton about our awesome Catholic faith
2. To help you become who God has called you to be
In essence, I want all of my students to become mini-theologians and BIG-TIME SAINTS. Of course, the latter is much more important than the former, but both would be preferred!
All that said, I know the best way to make someone else a saint is by first being one myself. So if you are reading this, I humbly ask that you pray for me, that my words, actions, and teaching may always reflect the truth of the Gospel and the love of Christ.
May God be praised, today and always!
2 Timmy 4:7,
“All About Me” video testimony that I share with my 7th and 8th grade students
My testimony from the 2013 Rediscover speaker series in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis
Old “All About Me” video project
Minerva’s Victory Song
Mary singing “The Hippo Song”
In the beginning God made the seas
and the forests filled with trees
God made the mountains up so high
above it all He made the sky
God’s fingerprints are everywhere
just to show how much He cares
and in-between God had some fun
He made a HIPPO that weighed a TON!
Hip hip hooray God made all of us!
Hip hip hooray God made all of us!
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