Justin Gaeta is the quintessential Charleston guy. Raised on the Isle of Palms, he is an avid surfer, sailor, scuba diver, and Ultimate Frisbee pro. He is a graduate of Bishop England and College of Charleston, and he is working on his MBA at The Citadel. Justin knows and loves Charleston like nobody’s business, which is why he has literally made it his business to keep the Holy City…well, holy.
As the Director of Vocational Activities and Promotions for the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Justin’s job is to help people listen for God’s voice and find their God-given vocations. “I tell people that there’s one universal vocation: We are all called to holiness, which means knowing, loving, and serving God. Then we each have a holy vocation.”
Helping people discern what God would have them do with their lives is Justin’s holy vocation, as is sharing a love of the Catholic faith and the traditions of the Catholic Church. He does this through his work with the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, but also through more progressive and non-traditional channels. Justin is well traveled and has even spent time living in India and France. As a result of a broader worldview, he’s embraced modern methods of sharing the Catholic faith.
One of his favorite progressive projects is the Catholic Surfing Ministries, a faith-based surf camp on the Big Island of Hawai’i that integrates surfing with authentic Christian living. Another is through his video company, Thursday Night Productions, which creates custom videos for the Catholic Church.
“I’ve traveled the world fairly extensively, and I’ve always loved Charleston above all the other places I’ve visited. The history, the beaches, the food. I’d like to do my part to keep the Holy City holy in spirit.”
Words by Robin Howard
Photo by Mark Stetler