Yeung hears new vocational calling


Madison Meyer

Juniors Nick Lewis and Henry Zhang, AP Physics and religion teacher, Dr. Christopher Yeung, and senior Nina Profili (right to left) celebrate Yeung’s new job as Assistant for Seton Vicar. Yeung’s advisory threw a goodbye party on Tuesday, Jan. 28, his last full day of teaching at JC.

After five and a half years of teaching at JC, AP Physics and religion teacher Dr. Christopher Yeung had his last full day of teaching on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Yeung is taking the position of Pastoral Associate to the Seton Vicar Bishop Mitch Rozanski, who is one of two auxiliary bishops of Baltimore who assists Archbishop William Lori.

“I will be assisting, advising, and sometimes representing Bishop Rozanski in supporting the ministry of the parishes and Catholic institutions in seven Maryland counties from Annapolis to Garrett County,” Yeung said.

Yeung will no longer teach Church History and Medical Ethics for juniors or Honors Philosophy for seniors.

This was a disappointment for some. Senior Catey Minnis heard about Yeung’s teaching from her sister Emma Minnis, class of ’13, who took Yeung’s classes. Catey Minnis would have had Yeung for Honors Philosophy and took the class solely on her sister’s suggestion.

“I’m upset because I heard so many good things about him, but I’m happy for his new opportunity,” said Catey Minnis.

The JC Administration found a replacement religion teacher in Jonathan Gibbons. Gibbons started teaching Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. He went to undergraduate school at Mount St. Mary’s College in Annapolis, graduating with a B.A. in International Studies. Then, he attended the Catholic University of America, becoming a seminarian and receiving his Master’s degree in Systematic Theology.

However, Yeung will return to JC every Monday and Friday to teach his AP Physics class. When he is in the classroom, he will conduct labs and teach new material.

During the middle of the week, Jessica Limmer, Honors Physics and Physics teacher, will help the AP class with the work Yeung gives them.

“I think it’s going to make things harder, but we’ll still be prepared for the AP test,” senior Brian Matejevich, one of Yeung’s AP Physics students, said.

In Yeung’s advisory, students “had fun because [they] played Cornhole and Jenga, watched inspirational videos, and had interesting conversations,” junior Selena Ranney said.

“I’m going to miss Dr. Yeung, because he brings joy to our advisory,” Nina Profili, another of Yeung’s advisees said. Jonathan Gibbons also became the advisor for Dr. Yeung’s former advisees.

When asked why he was leaving his teaching career at JC, Yeung responded, “I wasn’t looking for a job change, as I have been quite happy teaching at John Carroll and have grown to love the JC community.”

However, according to Yeung, “when I was asked to apply for the job, then offered the job, and discovered that my talents and experience were particularly suited to the ministry, I truly felt like I was called by God for this ministry.”

Madison Meyer is an In-Depth Editor for The Patriot and