Less than 5 hours to go! We have been thinking of you both all week and praying for you. When your wedding begins, we will begin our Holy Hour of adoration (8PM here in Farragut, TN). We will be offering up the hour for your wedding and future life together as a married couple. Congratulations!
Congratulations on your wedding. I wish you both every happiness in your future life together.
Best wishes on your wedding. I will be there but will not be able to make the picnic. Looking forward to your special event!
Stephen & Mimi -
What a blessing to be able to witness your engagement announcement and now your special day! We look forward to sharing this most special day with you and wish you many happy and fulfilling years ahead together!
We love you!
Randy, Leanne, Aven & Alivia
Dear Mimi and Stephen -
We are offering praises and thanksgiving to God who is Love for bringing you close to each other and letting you to fall in love with each other. May He always sustain you with His grace so this love would always grow. May the sacrament you enter on this special day make God present to you as a couple for the rest of your lives, and to all who witness with you on this special day or journey with you in the future.
Although far in distance,we are close to you in our hearts and witnessing that what God has done ... is very very good.
Blessings, as you, and all of us with you, continue on this journey of love.
Anabella, Aurawan, and Peter
Congratulations Mimi and Stephen!
We wish you many years of happiness and joy. You have been a blessing to us and the members of Mary, Queen of Peace parish. We are looking forward to your very special day and celebrating with you and your church community.
Congratulations! We are delighted you have found each other and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.
We look forward to celebrating with you as you begin your new life together. Thank you for including us.
With much love and best wishes.
How excited and blessed we are to share in your sacramental day. May your marriage be blessed beyond your expectations and may your blessings continue to shine like you have in your actions and love in service to Christ.
Wish we could be there with you!
We wish you happy life together full of God's blesssings! Hope we meet one day four of us... Be happy, dearest FRIENDS! May Our Lady guard you!
Mimi and Stephen,
It would be my greatest wish to be there on your wedding day Mimi, however health issues will keep me here in Florida this July. Your parents bestowed a great honor on me when they made me your Godmother, and I have never forgotten that. You were always a special little girl and it was easy to see why you have chosen your path in life. I remember your Baptism and your First Holy Communion. May you both have joy in your life. If you ever get to North Florida, you will receive a good Irish /Scottish welcome from us.
We plan to attend both ceremony and reception.
We love the way you put this book together.
We wish you a lifetime of happiness.
Blessings on you both.
Marion and Ron Krueger
Dear Mimi and Stephen,
Congratulations! Both Stofi and I are very happy for you! We wish you all the best, happiness and love. God may bless both of you!
Although we would love to, we will not be able to attend your wedding, but would be more than happy to have you here in Hungary for a small after party!
Agi and Stofi
Congratulations!!!! Yes count me in please.
Stephen and Mimi,
We will not be able to attend your wedding because we have a neice getting married in Spokane that same day. We are very happy for you both. Congratulations on your wedding. God's Blessings, Mike and Lisa Crisp and family
Wishing you all the happiness!!! We won't be able to attend but we will send our prayers. God bless you both
We are happy for you. I think a happy family, a loving man and woman joining together is God's best gift . I am truly, truly happy for you. Congratulations.
We are so very excited for you. What gifts you are, Stephen and Mimi, to our world here at MQP and in the grand scheme of God's world as well.. Thank you both for being aware of God's personal gifts to you and enriching peoples lives, our lives, with the YOU's that you are by using them so beautifully. May God bless your married life together as husband and wife with many years of bliss.. And through them all, may you continue to be instruments of faith and trust in Our Lord.
xo Gerri and Randy Dawson
Dearest Stephen & Mimi~We would not miss this wonderful event for the world. YOU are very dear to our hearts and we cannot wait to witness your beautiful wedding ceremony & joyeous celebration with all your wonderful friends and precious families. May, you enjoy the process as you grow together more in love and in relationship. Bless you both and your families.
Martin & Diana McNamara
Let's see....I think that is the day I am watering my lawn...or maybe getting a haircut...I can't remember. Either way, getting a free meal trumps!!! Wait...it is free right? Cause it is a pretty important haircut...
OK...and all the flowery stuff everybody else said. Love you guys!
What a special wedding this is going to be! All the joy and effort you have put into the preparation for your big day can only flow into your life together. Congratulations
Thank you for your invitation to your wonderful celebration.
We truly wish you the very best for the future together.
The Wellman's from across the street!
Your joy will be ours. Congratulations!
What a great way to handle announcments and RSVPs. I really enjoyed going through this online guestbook. It really reflects Mimi's and Stephen's artistic yet downhome style as a couple. I am excited for them, and so happy to be part of this great and joyful occasion.
Congratulations Mimi and Stephen!! We look forward in joining you on your wonderful wedding day.
What a wonderful excuse for another gathering with more family. Congratulations!
Congratulations to both of you.
God Bless you both and have a wonderful time together.
You both are such an awesome couple! Brittney (our 9th Grader) said Anchor is not the same without you Stephen! :)
C o N g R a T u L a T i O n S xoxo
We are so happy for both of you! We wish you many, many years of happiness. May God continue to shower you both with His blessings!
What a beautiful work of love and creativity this album is; such a reflection of your love for the world and one another! I do not want to miss this most special union under God and will do all I can to get there! You mean so much to me, Mimi. Our ND days were just the beginning of an exquisite friendship. Peace, love, and hope to you and Stephen as you approach the big day.
Jane and Barry
May God bless this wonderful journey and be always with you to lead the way... Bendiciones, Mimi &Stephen!
We are looking forward to sharing this wonderful time with you and also having the opportunity to get to know you both.
Kathy and Rick
Congratulations to the both of you!
I have enjoyed watching you and your brother grow up at MQP. You are your mother's angels. Your choice in Mimi is wonderful.
We will be happy and proud to attend your wedding and pray with you for a beautiful life together.
Congratulations!!!! Awesome website. Yes count us in please.
It will be my pleasure to attend this blessed day. God Bless
Congratulations Stephen and Best Wishes Mimi!
We will be glad to witness and celebrate with you the beginning of your new life together. God Bless.
Congratulations and we are so sorry we shall be away on your big day. We wish you both a blessed life together.
Congratulations, Mimi and Stephen! Beautiful website - well done! Sorry we won't be there to celebrate with you. Many blessings on your life together.
Ron and I are so happy to help you celebrate. We wish all the love and blessings that God will endow you with.
We plan to be there to help you celebrate.
Congratulations and Best Wishes Mimi and Stephen!
We wish you all the best as you begin your married lives together. Unfortunately we will be unable to attend the wedding and reception, but will keep you in our prayers.
Congratulations Mimi and Stephen!We have not been long at the Parish and it was for me a big surprise to see the anouncement of the wedding. You are just the perfect pair. We love you!
We wish All the Best with God's Blessing for you to be Forever Together.
Wonderfull and great idea for the website. We are excited about the big day. You can count with me for any help.
Faith, love, flowers and clovers now and forever
We are happy to be able to travel from Texas to share in celebrating this special day with you and your families, friends and church. Looking forward to this joyous occasion. Love and blessing.
Congratulations Mimi and Stephen. You both serve as such wonderful role models of faith and service in our community. We know you will continue to be richly blessed as you begin your new life together as man and wife. We wish you a life filled with love, laughter, and friendship.
Congratulations to Mimi and Stephen,
what a lovely journey that brought you both together. We wish for you that this journey of happiness and love will continue for the rest of your lives.
Unfortunately, we won't be able to attend your wedding - we would have loved to be part of the "Irish craic"!
We wish you both the best of everything.
Congratulations from Chris, Edel, Christopher, Gareth, Dylan and James.
Congratulations Stephen and Mimi!
We are so excited for you both! You are both such great role models at MQP!
We wish you all the best and may God continue to bless you.
Best wishes to you both on this happy occasion. May you have many happy years together as husband and wife.
God's blessings to you both as you share a wonderful life together. May it be long and happy.
Congratulations for your wedding and wishing all God's blessing as you start a new life together. The love, joy, knowlegment and happiness you have are blessings in our community. We are so happy to be part of your wedding celebration.
Congratulations Stephen & Mimi!
We wish you both the best of everything! We are looking forward to helping you celebrate!
Congratulations Mimi and Stephen!
Wishing you all of God's blessings and love as you begin your married life together. We are looking forward to your big day and celebrating with you & our faith community!
We are thrilled to bring our family to celebrate the joining of yours. The love and happiness you find in each other will continue to grow in new ways and just shine in your lives of service. Both of you give so much to others, don't forget to devote time to yourselves and your family.
Dear Mimi & Stephen, I am so sorry my partner and I cannot join you for your wedding festivities. I wish you only Love and Light. You and your relationship are clearly a Blessing to the world. Congratulations!!!
You two are an inspiration to others in your daily lives with all that you do at MQP and what you have done at St. Joseph's. I'm honored to be able to be apart of your wonderful celebration.
Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!
Stephen & Mimi,
Your wedding book is a source of inspiration to many people walking the Life of Service to God and His flock. We will be out of town that weekend but with you in spirit.
Congratulations on your start of Forever Together!
Dan and Kim Christiansen (MQP Parishioners)
May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance and understanding.
May you always need one another not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness.
Congratulations from us.....Sharon, Alex, Shane and Janine
Dan and I are sooooo looking forward to celebrating your union with you, our joined families and friends. We really enjoy your creative website. See you in July!
Such a wonderful website. I love it and am so happy for both of you. Mimi is a lucky woman to be marrying one of my favorite people on this earth. Congratulations to you both, Stephen and Mimi. I cannot wait to witness your marriage in July. I would love to help in any way possible.
Mimi and Stephen:
I am so happy for you I could just pop!!! (an old Texas sayin'). Mimi you will be a beautiful bride. I know that because I know you are a beautiful person inside and out. Stephen you have a jewel for a wife. I want to be there so badly. Seeing my Notre Dame friends would just make my spirit soar.
Your border hoppin' buddy,
This book was such a joy to go through! You must have had fun putting it together. And what a small world -- my daughter is finishing her freshman year at Wesleyan (she went to Eastlake), and my husband is a graduate of Wesleyan -- same school as where Stephen's brother went to undergrad!
Wishing you many blessings and much love to you on your special day and the many years of love and laughter to come.
Celia Wu (MQP parishioner)
We are honored to be invited.. We definitely want to share that moment when you begin your life as ONE!
Congratulations and Best Wishes for a lifetime Filled with Love!!!!
What a beautiful life full of service you live! Congratulations on finding each other and have a wonderful celebration of Union! We will be in Canada this summer, sending love.
Thank you Mimi!
Heartfelt congratulations! Sorry we will not be able to attend. Thanks for the invitation. Wishing Mimi & Stephen a holy matrimony, lots of happiness and laughter!
Oh the Joy, I could cry, and don't mind me if I shed many tears for you both and the beautiful gift of faith and love that you are sharing with everyone. Yes, to the reception too and I could probably help with some decorations, flowers for the reception if you like. Come out to the farm soon and I can show you my garden and talk about what may be blooming in late July.
Dear Mimi and Stephen,
What a wonderful website! Seeing photos of you both, your families, those you work with at Church, and reading about your engagement, desire to come together to better serve the Lord and others, and so many other details was a real blessing.
Though I regretfully will be unable to attend I will be offering my Mass that morning of July 27th for you both, asking the Lord to pour out His graces upon you and draw you ever closer to His Heart.
Mimi, if you're stuck on what to wear for the Sunday after your wedding, I'd recommend putting on the "happy socks" you used to wear at ND!
With love and prayers,
Fr. Moses of Jesus+
(aka Tony Pillari)
Congrats you two! And Steve, what a proposal. *swoon*
All the best
Congratulations, Mimi and Stepen! I was delighted to read all about you both and I wish you the warmest and happiest of Ever Afters.
With warmest aloha,
Congratulations!!! I knew and liked Mimi through gymnastics club when I was in junior high. After perusing this awesome wedding book, I feel Mimi is the same beautiful person she was as a teen (when she should have been angsty like the rest of us). Mimi, I wish you and Stephen all the harmony and joy this lifetime can offer. Very best wishes,
My continued prayers as the day draws closer - according to the count below: 74 days, 5 hours, 25 min.
Enjoy these coming days...
Mimi and Stephen,
I wish you a lifetime of blessings! What a wonderful ceremony it will be with great people serving or simply being present.
All the best to both of you.
My Dear Friends,
Love between two so perfectly matched people was indeed made in Heaven. I have never known such giving and talented people who deserve everything God made for you and each other. I feel blessed to have known you both, and wish you many, many happy years together. Sincerely, Nancy Warren
You have outdone yourself! Your "wedsite" is beautiful, a testimony to the spirit and depth of your relationship. See you soon!
I won't be able to join you but will send prayers for a joyful day and a holy marriage!
We absolutely love this unique and personal invitation!! You are both such a tremendous blessing to everyone who knows you, and we can't wait to be there to surround you with love and joy on such a blessed occasion! Looking forward to it! Love!
Love your website I can't respond to the RSVP but will for sure be there! Love you, Pattio
I will not be able to attend, but please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you as I climb Mt Rainier.
Such a nice website!
I'm on my iPad so I'll RSVP on my pc.
Looking forward to your celebration!
Would you like to have a more active role in the wedding of Mimi and Stephen? Here are some ways to get involved :D Thank you!
You do not have to be a sign-up-genius member nor do you have to create a membership account. Please do provide your email and any notes you would like to share with us. Thank you tremendously!
Your prayers and presence are present enough. However, if you would like to gift us in other ways, here are some suggestions. We appreciate all of the love and support from all of our friends and family, whether it be spiritual, moral or material. With deep gratitude, Thank you!
Your presence is present enough.
If you would like to do something more, here are a few charities that are close to Stephen and Mimi's hearts.
The link above is a website where you may donate to organizations to which Mimi and Stephen have had a special connection through their ministry.
Below you will find descriptions of some of the charities and the work that Mimi and Stephen, along with members of our faith community, have done with these groups.
Located amid the beautiful red mesas of northwestern New Mexico, St. Bonaventure Mission serves the Navajo (Diné) living on the eastern portion of Navajo Nation. Referred to affectionately by locals as “The Mission,” St Bonaventure was formerly operated by the Catholic Diocese of Gallup, but is now a private Catholic organization. In addition to operating a tuition-free K-8 school with about 200 students, St. Bonaventure Mission provides extensive human services for those living in poverty—including delivering thousands of gallons of water a day. The Mission also operates a thrift store and is a major local employer. The water wells across Navajo Nation (which is about the size of West Virginia) has become toxic from years of uranium mining by the U.S. Federal Government. “The Mission” operates and distributes one of the few clean water wells within range of Navajo Nation. Using water from on Navajo—even for simple bathing—results in Nitrogen burns, among other devastating and deadly effects. Stephen and friends and teens of the ANCHOR (Aspiring to Navigate by CHRIST, our Hope and Our Redeemer) High School Youth Program served here for a week in July of 2012 building “hogans,” Navajo-style homes, doing home repair, running the thrift store, and delivering water to the elderly—many of whom speak only in the language of the Diné.
Saint Bonaventure: PRAY FOR US!
In 1927, St. John Chrysostom School opened its doors in a combination church and school building in Inglewood, CA. Adjacent to St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood, it shares facilities with St. John Chrysostom Parish. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have guided St. John’s since its inception, from first principal, Sister Mary Dolores Murphy, to current Principal, Sr. Antoinette Czuleger. Presently, three CSJ Sisters serve on staff. St John Chrysostom parish is a large, multi-cultural community, that, though one of 289 parishes in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is the ONLY ONE serving the people of Inglewood.
The school is named for St. John Chrysostom who was born in Antioch circa 344. Renowned for his inspired preaching on the Scriptures and the Eucharist, his nickname “Chrysostom” means “golden-mouthed.” St. John truly lived the prophetic mission: he “afflicted the comfortable” and “comforted the afflicted.” He preached against vice and also proclaimed controversial gospel values, such as sharing wealth with the poor. Fittingly St. John Chrysostom Parish and School, along with St. Mary’s Academy, serve one of the poorest, least-educated urban regions in America, and among the highest urban immigrant populations in the U.S. above 33 degrees latitude.
Mimi, Stephen, and friends, and teens of MQP’s ANCHOR High School Youth Program served in the impoverished areas of Watts and Inglewood, CA for a week in July of 2010. During our service mission we roomed at neighboring (and related) St. Mary’s Academy (founded in 1889, also by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, it is the oldest continuously operating Catholic high school in the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles).
While there, we split into two service teams: Team Immaculate Heart (of Mary) and Team Sacred Heart (of Jesus). Team Sacred Heart served at a Boys’ and Girls’ Club in Santa Monica that served as summer day-care for some of the poorest kids from all over the greater Los Angeles area. MQP Teens helped staff this crowded kid center, providing play, exercise, food, and mentally stimulating games for kids desperate for attention. Teens also read to the helped put together a library as a legacy gift to the club. Because of this experience, several of these teens came back to Sammamish and got more involved in MQP’s VBC, more involved in MQP faith formation for younger grades, or even began serving at area Boys’ and Girls’ clubs!
Meanwhile, the first day, Team Immaculate Heart performed light landscaping and gardening at St. John Chrysostom Parish and School. Each day after that, we served at the Bradley Multi-Purpose Center in Watts. We prepared meals and food at the community center and we broke bread with retired African-Americans from the community, some of whom were former Black Panthers. We put our technology skills to work and taught computer classes on word-processing to the unemployed, retired, physically disadvantaged, and immigrants. We helped keep the elderly and physically disadvantaged active by playing Wii bowling and sports with them. We prepared and served a community meal at Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park for immigrants, the elderly, and the poor. We were personally thanked by community leader Tim Watkins, son of famous community activist Ted Watkins (who founded the Watts Labor Community Action Committee).
During this week long service mission, we were afforded the opportunity for daily rosary prayer, for Liturgies in Spanish and in English, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Thanks again to Program Coordinator of the Center for Service in Action at Loyola Marymount University (and Mimi’s good friend), Tom King, who allowed us to get our first warm shower or the week at Loyola Marymount and gave us a wonderful tour of the BEAUTIFUL campus!!!
Saint John Chrysostom: PRAY FOR US!
Immaculate Heart of Mary: PRAY FOR US!
SACRED HEART OF JESUS: HAVE MERCY ON US!
www.stjohninglewood.org and stjohnchrysostomparish.org
We have arranged for rooms at the Embassy Suites in Bellevue just off Exit 11A on I-90 for a discounted price. It's 20 minutes from Mary, Queen of Peace and less than 15 minutes to Seattle.
You can also call the above number and refer to Arima-O'Sullivan Wedding or Group Code AOW. The rooms in this block are held and available to make reservations until the release date of 07/04/13.
We have also set arranged for some studio rooms at the discount rate of $159 (queen-size bed with a sofa sleeper) and a penthouse suite at the rate of $259 (king-size bed with an extra bathroom and queen-size bed in a loft upstairs). These rates will be good for reservations made prior to June 29th.
Call Chelsey Elliott directly at 425-882-1222 EX: 308 or email her at email@example.com, to make reservations for these rates. Refer to the ARIMA - O'SULLIVAN Wedding
Convenient to the I-90 Freeway, halfway between Seattle and Sammamish. 17 minutes to Mary, Queen of Peace
Convenient to the I-90 Freeway, halfway between Seattle and Sammamish. 18 minutes to Mary, Queen of Peace
Convenient to I-90, located in Issaquah, 13 minutes to Mary, Queen of Peace, and convenient to the freeway going East or West.
The Nuptial Mass will be held in the Main Church with wedding reception to follow in the Marian Social Hall at around 6:30 pm. These are both on the same Church grounds. All are welcome to attend; if someone you know would like to celebrate with us, please send them a link to mimiandstephen.com
When planning your wedding garb, please note that by late July it gets very warm, by Seattle standards, and our church does not have central air conditioning.
If you are not able to attend the reception, we would still love for you to join us for the Nuptial Mass. You need only RSVP to either the "Ceremony & Reception" OR the "Ceremony Only."
We would love to have another chance to spend time with relatives from near and far. In-town relatives are invited to bring a side dish or dessert, any lawn games and lawn chairs they might have to supplement seating that comes with the picnic shelter :)
Gathering of school mates of Stephen and Mimi. Location and activity TBD. Look for a special Evite.
Rex Rallanka was baptized at St. Ignatius Church in Sacramento, CA.
Mimi and Rex were friends in undergrad and enjoyed sharing meals and studying together with a multi-cultural group of friends. Back then Rex majored in Math, but his friends knew of Rex's incredible musical talents. Rex holds a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Notre Dame, and was director of music in a large parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before coming to the Cathedral in Sacramento. While studying at Notre Dame he toured Europe with the college liturgy choir and played organs in several cities in Italy and France. Since then he has given organ recitals in several parts of the United States, including the new cathedral in Los Angeles.
Rex now serves as the Director of Music for the Cathedral Parish in Sacramento. Rex is a native of Sacramento. He grew up in St. Anthony’s Parish and went to Holy Spirit Elementary school and Jesuit High School, as did his brothers Richard and Ryan. His sisters, Rochelle and Rena, followed a similar path, attending St. Francis High School and Catholic universities in San Francisco and Seattle. His brother Ryan is a Jesuit seminarian. His parents, Rey and Orfelia, are Cathedral parishioners.
Stephen’s younger brother, Joseph, was baptized at St. Madeleine Sophie Parish in Bellevue, WA and like his older brother, has received all of the other sacraments of initiation and healing at Mary, Queen of Peace. Joseph is currently a student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut after working his way up through Bellevue Community College. He majored in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and additionally received a certificate in Molecular Biophysics. He wrote an honors thesis entitled: Investigating Substate Transitions in Myoglobin Using Molecular Dynamics Simulation. This, along with research performed with Dr. Beveridge, allowed him to merit the highly coveted Hawk Prize for “most effective work in biochemistry.”
He has enjoyed stints as a substitute teacher at Eastside Catholic, mostly teaching science and math to middle school students.
Esther Sanborn, baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Niagara Falls, and referred to lovingly among friends as "Saint Esther of Buffalo," is Mimi's dearest friend from upstate New York. She and Mimi went through the Masters of Divinity Program together at the University of Notre Dame.
Before pursuing her M.Div. under the Golden Dome, Esther had earned her B.A. in Psychology and Religious Studies from Canisius College as a Golden Griffin! After undergrad, Esther served four years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Cleveland, Ohio, working with the poor and marginalized.
Esther currently serves as the Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Xavier University on the southside of Chicago and has been involved in Campus Ministry for 9 years.
Director of Campus Ministry, Esther is the newly appointed chair of the Members Services Committee of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA). CCMA is the national organization for Catholic campus ministers, serving 1,659 campus ministers on more than 955 college campuses and 119 dioceses across the United States.
Esther recently served as a mentor at the Director’s Institute for Visionary Catholic Ministry in Higher Education held June 18 to June 19 in Dallas, Texas. She was a presenter at the January 2013 CCMA National Convention in Clearwater, Fla., and was on the convention’s Hospitality Committee. She previously served as chair of CCMA’s New Campus Minister Support Network subcommittee.
Esther has a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame and a graduate certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Saint Xavier’s Pastoral Ministry Institute. She is certified as a campus minister by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Father Michael Driscoll is a highly regarded theology professor at Mimi's alma mater, Notre Dame and a native of Stephen's family's dear state of Montana. He was baptized in Butte, MT, at Immaculate Conception parish. He is the founder and co-director of Notre Dame's Masters of Sacred Music program. His scholarly interests are in the area of liturgy and sacramental theology. He regularly teaches Eucharist to ministerial students in the M.Div. and MSM programs and sacramental theology to undergraduate students, particularly to those minoring in the Liturgical Music Ministry program, that he also directs. Fr. Michael also regularly presides at Sunday Mass for the Church of Loretto at St. Mary's College.
Mimi and Stephen are so grateful for Fr. Michael coming all the way to the Northwest for their wedding and are thrilled to have this world-renown liturgist preside over their wedding liturgy with their dear family and friends.
Mimi took Fr. Michael's Eucharist course as an MDiv student and often makes use of the knowledge she gained from that course in her parish ministry.
When Fr. Michael came to Seattle to give a workshop for the Archdiocesan pastoral ministers, Stephen also had the chance to benefit from Fr. Michael's teaching and liturgical insights.
While not necessarily related by blood, but through baptism into the passion, death and life of Christ, Mimi and Stephen have a wonderful Church family, whom they treasure dearly. They are blessed to have such strong support from their Parish Community. They are also blessed to have a handful of true-blue friends, both close to home and far away, that play immeasurably important roles to their emotional and spiritual well-being.
Stephen's mom, Wendy, is a talented musician and teacher. She has taught in both the inner city (including Mimi's father's alma mater, Garfield H.S.) and in the suburbs. She currently teaches religion at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, WA. His brother, Joseph, did his undergraduate work at Bellevue College and Wesleyan University. He is currently studying medicine at UCLA. Stephen has a great-uncle Armond who lives in Seattle, but the rest of his clan is spread out in the U.S., from his mom's "homeland" of Montana, to Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Michigan, and other parts of the Mountain and Eastern time zones.
Mimi’s parents, Sumikatsu and Chinh Arima, live in Rockville, Maryland, where Mimi grew up. Also in the DC area are her oldest sister, Ngoc, Ngoc’s husband Tuan, and their son Huy; her sister Hoan and her daughter Sandra; her sister Kim and son Victor; and some extended family and many great friends of her mom and dad whom she considers “aunties and uncles.” The majority of Mimi’s father’s side of the family reside in the Seattle area and have been wonderful blessings for Mimi in her adult life, as she settled in the Seattle area far from “home.” Mimi also has several relatives in California, various parts of the U.S. as well was many relatives around the world, in countries as far away as France, Vietnam, Japan, New Caledonia, and Canada.
On the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, June 16th, 2012, Stephen planned a fun day of kayaking at the Montlake cut, ice-cream at Full Tilt in the U-District, perusing Pike Place Market, and taking the ferry to Bainbridge for a gourmet dinner at Hitchcock. On the ferry ride back to Seattle, they prayed a rosary on the bow of the car deck, watching the Seattle skyline gradually zoom in. After the rosary, they got out of the car for fresh air and to watch the skyline grow ever larger. In the moonlight, Stephen recited a poem and then got down on his knee to ask for Mimi’s hand in marriage.
Just as Mimi replied, “YES!” the ferry’s lights came on to help drivers find their cars since they were about to reach Seattle. Stephen did not even hear her affirmative answer due to his nerves, and the fact that he was certain he had fallen overboard and was now in some bright, ethereal dimension.
But with gleeful witnesses cheering and honking at them, Stephen soon realized he was indeed still alive, and together they could start planning their “happily ever after.”
Stephen, referred to lovingly by his teens and his friends as “Young Santa” or “Urban Jesus,” was born in San Mateo County, California. He was baptized in the shadow of Stanford University at St. Ann Chapel by, the now Monsignor, Eugene Boyle. (Msgr. Boyle is an amazing man and priest, who marched with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama; who has been called a modern-day Prophet Amos; and whose legacy has been called “the continuance of the peaceful revolt of Gandhi.”)
Despite his Golden-State origins, Stephen spent most of his formative years in various parts of the Seattle-Tacoma area. He first moved to “Unincorporated King County,” which would become, the city of Sammamish, Washington, before second grade. He attended Margaret Mead and Louisa May Alcott (with Jake Bollinger and Zack Marley) elementary schools, and Inglewood when it was still a Junior High – where he was “Most Inspirational” on the Track Team, Drama Student of the Year, and the first ever recipient of the Redmond Lions’ Club “Community Service and Achievement Award.” Through clever planning of elective class-scheduling he had two-years of virtually identical schedules with co-conspirator, Jake.
Having been an eagle, mustang, orca, and knight, like most high school-aged boys, he became a shaggy wolf, but, in Stephen’s case, officially, as he attended Eastlake High School, home of the Wolves! Stephen was named “Mr. Eastlake” in the annual “Talent Pageant;” served as co-President of his class during junior and senior year; and was honored with the first ever “Leadership and Achievement Award” from the Sammamish Kiwanis. Upon graduating he was named winner or finalist in Alphabet Award categories: “Un-definably Unique,” “Positively Positive,” and “Wolf Spirit,” (notably, and Woefully, unalliterative), as well as, “Most Likely to Become a Professional Singer.”
From the time he was in Junior High he discovered his gift for singing and acting. In High School he participated in Select Vocal Ensemble and Select Vocal Jazz and was named to the All-District and All-State Choirs. Through High School he often played leading roles, such as Tevye from “Fiddler on the Roof” at Eastlake, Judd Fry from “Oklahoma!” at Studio East (with Jake and Cassie); Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf from “Into the Woods,” at the Washington Academy of Performing Arts (with Katherine Baker). Stephen continues to share his rich singing voice at Church. He shares his dramatic talents every summer when he writes and stars in memorable skits for Mimi’s Vacation Bible Camp. He has played a Swedish Panda (Panda-monium Pete), a Flying Pig (Wilbur), a Computer-Programmer Cowboy (Rowdy), and a Reformed Pirate (Cpt. Barnacle Bill), among other outlandish and lovable characters. He is such a sensation with the kids that they have inquired whether his characters “do birthday parties”!
Stephen worked his way through his studies at Bellevue College and the University of Washington, singing, scooping ice-cream (with Mikhael Burton), and as the Church’s part-time facility maintenance man. In 2006 Stephen answered the call to kick-off Mary, Queen of Peace, Church’s ministry for teens as a Core Team volunteer—having already agreed to serve on the "Ignite the Light" Music Ministry Team for the soon-to-launch Teen Mass. After two years as a volunteer and youth mentor, he was hired as the full-time High School Youth Minister. He has enjoyed the many blessings of working with bright, gifted, and faith-filled teens, as well as with a dedicated Core Team of volunteers—some of whom began their Core Team commitment at the same time Stephen did in 2006.
Stephen is so proud of his teens! They have grown TOGETHER in love of God and neighbor; have grown TOGETHER in love of Christ and his Church. They have shown tremendous leadership at Mary, Queen of Peace, and in their families, in their schools, and in their wider community. He is amazed by their depth of prayer and reverence and desire for the beauty, truth, and peace that only Christ Jesus can give. He feels so tremendously blessed to have learned so much from them and for the many places they have sweated and served together—for inspiring the Summer Service Series and Service 1st Sundays and for making those resounding successes! From Word & Communion services at Providence Marianwood, to building hogans in Navajo Nation with and for the Dine! From “Buckets of Compassion” raising funds for clean water to Ghanaians to “Books for Prisoners” bringing education to those struggling to fit-in around the US! From leading Food Drives to leading “E.P.I.C. Fasts” to leading Blanket Drives—even when Linus was leading, it was always each of you! Be it New Year’s Day or Easter Morning! You have even honored lost loved-ones of community members with grace and compassion and hope! Stephen has been so inspired by your dedication and courage in planned events and everyday choices. He is so grateful for the honor to have served by your side.
For the majority of Stephen’s life, Mary, Queen of Peace has been his faith-community, his home, and his family. He has served in the community ever since he was a boy, when he was an altar server and in the Junior Chorus. It is with great joy that Mimi and Stephen will celebrate their union at Mary, Queen of Peace.
Sumikatsu and Chinh Arima raised Mimi in the Washington, DC suburb, Rockville, Maryland, where Mimi spent her formative years steeped in American history, American politics, and the rich cultural resources of the DC area. Within her own family, she enjoys Vietnamese, Japanese and American traditions with her parents, sisters and their families.
Mimi was baptized at St. Patrick's Church in Rockville, MD, where her parents still are active members. In fact, her family lived in a house that was the former rectory of the Church.
Once Mimi got to high school she became an active leader in her school's LIFE group--a faith formation group run by teens at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Upon graduating from the Xaverian Brothers sponsored school, Mimi was awarded the Cardinal's Award "in recognition of personal efforts to live Catholic Teaching and principles."
Thanks to her parents’ passing on their Catholic faith, Mimi chose to attend the University of Notre Dame, for both her undergraduate and Master of Divinity degrees. As an undergrad, with very minimal Japanese language ability, she went to Nagoya, Japan for a year, studied at Nanzan University and lived with a generous and patient host-family.
Following college, Mimi returned to her father’s Northwest roots and volunteered with the Channel Program as a youth minister in Seattle, WA, just a mile away from where her grandparents had lived on Beacon Hill. Here she served at the Tri-Parish of St. Edward, St. George, and St. Paul, alongside the now Bishop of Yakima, Joe Tyson. In grad school Mimi's ministries included work at a crisis pregnancy center, a local parish helping with RCIA, Campus Ministry's Marriage Preparation program and two trips to the Mexico-American border to study immigration issues. Following grad school Mimi served at St. Joseph Parish in Issaquah for two years before transferring to Mary, Queen of Peace, where she currently ministers, overseeing the pastoral programs for Children and Families, and Hispanic Ministry.
Stemming from their baptismal identity in Christ, Stephen and Mimi feel called to serve God and their neighbors through their love for one another. They hope that their commitment and love for one another may be an efficacious sign of God’s unceasing and unconditional love for all of humanity. They have come to realize this vocation as they have experienced that they are a far stronger force-for-good when their efforts are united.
Mimi and Stephen hope to bring their three families together for the celebration of their nuptial union: Mimi’s family, Stephen’s family, and their Christian family. They hope that their union will bring much joy and Irish “craic”* for their wedding guests on July 27th and to all they encounter as husband and wife.
*In Ireland, “the word 'craic' most commonly refers to an atmosphere of comfortable and pervasive conviviality, a complete absence of distrust in pleasant, relaxed, and relaxing company.” -Terry Eagleton
Welcome to Mimi and Stephen’s wedding website!
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