profileDawn Rusinko, OFS, CLEM 

Married to her High School sweetheart with three children, two Grandchildren, a Yellow Labrador Retriever, and a Shih Tzu. In 1999, she entered formation to the Secular Franciscan Order and professed in 2002. 

In 2007, she began Formation for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, studying Theology for three years at Georgian Court University and Commissioned a Lay Ecclesial Minister in 2010 with certificates in Pastoral Care, Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry & Catechesis. She was the Pastoral Associate at St. Peter’s Parish, St. Pio’s Parish and the NJ Director of Downey Side Adoption Agency. She is currently working as Pastoral Associate at Sacred Heart Church and as a case worker for Downey Side Adoption. Dawn has been working and serving in parishes for over 17 years.



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  1. Yay ! It worked. This is amazing you rock girl! Love the design. I will keep reading as we journey through our paths. Thanks for being who you are. Your a blessing xox.


  2. Dawn this is awesome. We need to connect. Do you remember me? Rosey, Margie’s sister? Can’t wait to read it all.


  3. My sister-in-law told me about this site. Thank you for your inspiring stories. They are truly touching and like medicine for someone in need of a “faith lift”.Keep up the good work.


  4. Dear Dawn,
    Sometimes it is necessary to use words. I thank God you found your “voice”. It’s a beautiful one!


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  6. I saw your link on Mark Shea’s blog at Patheos. Great to meet you online. God bless you.


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