Welcome, Katie!

By Fr. Christopher Kubat  

One of my favorite flowers is the crocus. Why? Despite not being the most beautiful, they are the first to pop through the earth, some years as early as mid-February. They remind me of the upcoming resurrection of the dead on the last day.

Since we are days into spring, do you remember all the snow we received this past winter? After the last big storm, hundreds of pounds of snow were piled onto where we have crocuses planted at St. Gianna’s. This was necessary because we ran out of places to move snow. At the time I wondered if it would damage or kill the little beauties as they were sprouting up. Today, since the huge pile of snow has melted, I spied the tiny green shoots soaking in the sunshine unharmed.

I am happy to announce that Katie Hile has started her position as the director of social services in Lincoln. Katie is a graduate of Pius X High School in 2002 and UNL in 2006. Katie also received a master of arts degree in diplomacy and international relations at Seton Hall University in 2010. After completing this, she spent one year volunteering in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the Canossian Daughters of Charity.

After witnessing the severe poverty and in response to a local friend’s request, she helped start a nonprofit called Totonga Bomoi which means ‘build our future,’ a sewing cooperative for women.

For those who frequent Gianna’s Java & Gelato, you might have noticed the beautiful handbags for sale. The above-mentioned handbags are produced by these ladies in the Congo and the proceeds go to helping them and their families. This nonprofit also provides sewing and business classes to women across northeastern Congo.

As you can see, Katie has a built-in heart for helping the poor and needy, which makes her a great fit for being the new director of social services in Lincoln. But her love and concern does not end there. She is most concerned for saving souls with one eye looking toward our future resurrection from the dead.

So as you see the flowers sprout and bloom this spring from the seemingly dead landscape, please be reminded this Lenten season of our future glory in the resurrection of the dead. This is the sole purpose of the Incarnation. We were bought with a price. (1 Cor 6:20) Please help me welcome Katie to our awesome staff by your prayers for her and our mission at Catholic Social Services, which is to love Jesus Christ present in the poor and needy. (Mt 25:31-46)

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