Youth and Young Adult Commission Members

Youth and Young Adult Commission Members 2018-03-07T21:44:00+00:00

Newly appointed National Franciscan Youth and Young Adult Commission (left to right) are Mark Carroll, Akisha Townsend Eaton, Kathleen Molaro, and Kathy Taormina. The Commission has a great desire to inspire, unite, and support our Secular Franciscan Order in fostering communion with younger generations.

Kathleen Molaro, OFS,  lives in the foothills of Northern California with her husband of 42 years, where they raised their six children and now enjoy five grandchildren. Kathleen professed in 1993. Her leadership in the Secular Franciscan Order has included several positions on the local fraternity level, six years as St. Junipero Serra’s Regional Secretary, and is now in her fourth year as Regional Minister.

Kathleen has worked with youth of all ages in many capacities, as a parent, teacher, and catechist. She and her husband also volunteered as youth directors for fifteen years. She has never lost her deep interest in supporting young people on their faith journey, and now serves as the National Franciscan Youth and Young Adult (FY/YA) Commission Chair.

Kathy Taormina, OFS, is married, has four children, two grandchildren, and has been professed since 1994. She has experience working with parish youth for over 32 years and Franciscan Youth for over 12 years. She has served her local fraternity as Formation Director and Minister, and on the regional level as FY/YA Commission Chair, Formation Director, and Councilor. She is currently Regional Spiritual Assistant for Queen of Peace, and lives in Minnesota.

In 1996 Kathy joined the National FY/YA as a commission member, was appointed its chairperson in 2002, and eventually served as Fraternal Animator. She attended five Franciscan World Youth Day Delegate Celebrations, representing the OFS-USA at the international level. She is now the Spiritual Assistant for the National FY/YA Commission.

Akisha Townsend Eaton, OFS, lives in Kentucky, and is the youngest member and most recently professed of the FY/YA commission. As a young adult, she is more cognizant of experiences that influence people in her age bracket, and is more closely aligned to the social pressures of the younger generations.  Akisha’s background includes initiating several young adult gatherings to support her new fraternity in their desire to reach out to youth.

Akisha is determined as a National FY/YA Commission member, to help find ways of introducing youth and young adults to the Franciscan charism and engaging them in living their faith and rebuilding today’s church in the spirit of St. Francis.

Mark Carroll, OFS was professed in 2009 and lives in Ohio where he currently serves as Vice-Minister for St. Maximillian Kolbe Region. Working in his family’s business, he developed skills in good communication, and employs that gift for the benefit of the Order. In particular, he has created a speakers bureau with other members of his fraternity. They serve the diocese in Cleveland, especially the youth, through their interactive presentations about St. Francis, St. Clare, and the Franciscan Order.

Mark has been involved in peace and justice initiatives, and has put on “Earth Day” programs that are coordinated with young adult groups within the diocese. Mark will bring creative ideas, a love of