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Michelle Chandler

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Michelle Chandler says that as first in line of three sisters, “for better or worse, it’s the oldest one who becomes a teacher.” After earning degrees at USC and UC Santa Barbara, she taught high school English for five years then went into business to create an Internet curriculum for teachers. “I was, in all sense of the world, doing everything well,” Michelle admits. “But I felt very lost.” Some 10 years after she, her husband Mac, and their now-teenage daughters Cora and Willa all became Catholic converts at the same time through RCIA, Michelle’s teaching skills remain a vital resource at St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Canada Flintridge. It started with instructing RCIA as well as helping to start the Adoration ministry. But then she followed an invitation of pastor Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti to spearheaded local support of important national women’s ministry programs called Endow as well as Challenge Youth Ministry. It also fostered her outreach on Skid Row with Fr. Peter Deveraux. “Teaching is a theme through my whole life and being able to help teach through RCIA, through Endow, with girls in Challenge, it comes naturally and as a source of joy,” Michelle says.