Kevin An-Delgado - Archdiocese of Agana (Guam)
Extract taken from Catholic Extension
MAGIC’s impact on the parish community is directly attributable to
Kevin’s continued commitment to youth ministry. Kevin has served as the
godfather or sponsor to 403 men and women for the sacraments of Baptism
and Confirmation. Many of these young people are now adults who continue
to serve the Church as teachers and advisors for youth groups, retreat
leaders and more. Each year on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Kevin
celebrates with his godchildren at an annual reunion to keep in touch
with them and offer them continued support in the journey of faith
In the 20 years of its existence, many students who participated in
MAGIC are now professionals: doctors, lawyers, teachers, business
entrepreneurs and educators. Many attribute the youth group to helping
them realize their potential.
Now serving as the parish’s programs director, Kevin has used the
gifts and talents of the youth to develop and manage over 30 parish
ministries that build faith, morals, and leadership within the heart of
each member. Through Kevin’s work, the STC pastoral team is able to
provide the support needed to positively impact thousands of children,
teens, young adults and families in Guam.
Through MAGIC, Kevin ensures that Catholic youth understand the
importance of service. The group volunteers at the Silent Witness
Ceremony in remembrance of victims of domestic violence, serves at a
soup kitchen twice a month, visits a pediatric ward for prayer every
other week and organizes an annual picnic for incarcerated youth.
Santa Teresita is now regarded as one of the most active and vibrant
of the 25 parishes in the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam. Beyond overseeing
30 ministries within his parish, Kevin also answers numerous calls for
special assistance in other parishes, villages, schools and the island
community as a whole.
Kevin has offered as many as 100 retreats in parishes around Guam,
working with individuals and groups preparing for the sacraments and
grade-level faith formation. With special concern for the younger
children who are not participating in the life of the Church, Kevin does
all he can to be inclusive of these kids.
Since Guam has a high rate of suicide, Kevin arranged to have his
team trained in suicide prevention and participated in island-wide
activities that help with the healing process from suicide--striving to
build stronger and better relationships through attentive, compassionate
listening and genuine care for each other. Kevin also assists in the
annual Candlelight Vigil for families who have lost a loved one to
Kevin’s work in youth ministry over the last two decades has borne
incredible fruit for both Santa Teresita Church and the greater Catholic
Church in Guam, as generations of the island’s youth have benefited
from his example and the opportunities to grow in faith through MAGIC.
The program rejuvenates each year with new members, and Kevin’s energy
radiates through the rest of the parish’s programs and outreach.
Kevin is a true Catholic hero and a source of Christ’s light for the Catholic Church in Guam.