Forming faith, building community
KINSLEY -- Jim and Lynee Habiger hadn’t put much thought into the faith formation of high school aged students.
That is, until their two children were in their teens. It was then that the couple realized just how difficult it is to find people willing to take on the responsibility of providing faith formation for teenagers.
Lynee, the vice principal at Kinsley High School, had been actively involved in teaching PSR (Parish School of Religion) classes to children for several years. When she and her husband couldn’t find anyone to teach the older kids, she and Jim took on the challenge.
Ten years later, the small town boasts 20-40 freshmen through senior-grade high school students attending the weekly gatherings. They started in the Habiger’s home, but the gatherings soon outgrew their house, so they moved to the church basement.
“We kept having more and more children at our house,” Lynee said. “And they were running into a problem with eating. So we decided to provide a 30 minute social time with pizza or nachos, then an hour class.