Middle School Students Listen to Thought Provoking World Religions Discussion

St. Anne Middle School students dived into an in depth discussion on world religions last week with Mr. Matthew Zemanek, director of youth evangelization at St. Timothy's Parish. Using a balanced mix of historical and anthropological research, as well as personal testimony, Mr. Zemanek explained how he grew up in a Catholic family, but felt restless, so he decided to leave the faith to pursue his own journey and discernment.
St. Anne Middle School students dived into an in depth discussion on world religions last week with Mr. Matthew Zemanek, director of youth evangelization at St. Timothy's Parish. Using a balanced mix of historical and anthropological research, as well as personal testimony, Mr. Zemanek explained how he grew up in a Catholic family, but felt restless, so he decided to leave the faith to pursue his own journey and discernment.
 
Mr. Zemanek explained how he spent time as an atheist and what that experience was like, but he then shared with the students that he came to the realization that there has to be a higher power. In order to explore this deeper thought and desire, Mr. Zemanek conducted vast research of more than 40 religions, including: Scientology, Islam, Judaism, Confucianism, and Shinto, to name a few. During his presentation, Zemanek shared details from the plethora of diverse religious worship services he experienced, and he shared highlights from his memorable interviews with many different imans, rabbis, monks, and other religious leaders.
 
“Mr. Zemanek did a nice job explaining the common truths and common themes of goodness in all religions,” said Middle School religion teacher Robert Ercoli.
 
Mr. Zemanek revealed why he ultimately felt called back to the Catholic-Christian faith. He concluded his presentation encouraging students by telling them to: "...never be afraid to ask questions! It's good to question, and to not stop asking until you find life's deepest answers!" 
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