Welcome to Faithful Within the Secular!

Who Am I?

My name is Jess Siracusa. I am a songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. Professionally, I am a live sound and recording engineer based in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve had many amazing opportunities in my career, including playing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, working on Broadway Nashville, and getting to play live with some of my best friends! I continue to study music at Belmont University; double majoring in Marketing and Music Business with an emphasis in Audio Engineering and I will be graduating in May 2023! I absolutely LOVE living and working in Nashville and can’t wait to see what else the Lord has in store for me!

I’m a devout Catholic woman. I constantly work on my relationship with God and truly don’t think I would be the same person without Him in my life. I have been so lucky to experience Sacramental healing often from Mass, Reconciliation, or Eucharistic Adoration. When I’m not working on my own faith life, I’m pouring into the University Catholic community, a student-led faith development organization operating on college campuses within the Nashville Diocese.

I’m also heavily involved in the “secular world.” As an audio engineer and musician, I get to meet and bond with people from many different backgrounds and traditions. I have befriended many wonderful people whom I love and care for. I get to work with talented musicians every day and celebrate their talents by using my own. Now, I know this all sounds like I have my life together and don’t struggle with anything, but that is far from true. I struggle with mental health issues and questions about my Vocation and struggle with being single. I’m certainly NOT done learning, and I never will be. However, it’s my faith and relationship with Christ that helps me navigate my struggles and truly be Faithful Within the Secular.

This is me!
So is this!

I’M A REGULAR PERSON!

I think there is a misunderstanding that people who are devoutly religious don’t have a “normal” life. There’s this disconnect between someone’s faith and the things they do in the world. I’m here to tell you that that is super not true! Your faith and worldly life go hand-in-hand! I’ve lived a split life for a while and thought I was p\happiest when I was FULLY secular or FULLY faithful. It wasn’t until I put the two parts of my life together that I understood how to be a faithful person within the secular world. I’m not perfect, but I can try to be the best Catholic woman I can be while staying true to myself. I’m so grateful you’re here to learn and grow with me!