What started with the RCIA program, or Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults — where he met his future wife, Kathy, one of the teachers — led him to become immersed in a variety of ministries, including “Returning Catholics” for those who have fallen away but are interested in returning; as well as the pastoral council and ultimately studying to become a deacon.
Underwood is a former Las Vegas policeman now working in cyber security, but he has taken on the part time role of serving as a resource person for the adult faith formation programs at St. Thomas More.
“I am very grateful to Mike for his willingness to accept this role and leadership for our community,” says Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, pastor. “His experience, pastoral instincts and theological training make him uniquely suited to lead our adult faith formation ministry.”
In effect, Underwood will coordinate all the initiatives offered to adults in the parish of more than 6,000 families. These include Bible study programs, the bereavement ministry, adult catechesis, adult confirmation preparation, as well as Returning Catholics and all the sacramental programs designed for adults.
He also will serve as a consultant and resource person for the religious education programs, and for catechist training for educational programs in the parish.
Both Underwood and his wife, Kathy, made their first commitments as Viatorian associates 10 years ago. They have already recommitted themselves twice since that first ceremony.