Chance encounters of a lasting kind

By Fr. Christopher Kubat 

Nearly 20 years ago when I was an assistant at St. Mary Church in Lincoln, I met a young woman named Courtney Miller in an RCIA class. She was originally born in Inglewood, Colo., and moved to Pierce, Neb. at the age of 7 with her parents. Little did I know that our paths would cross again after she entered the Catholic Church in September 2001.

In 2006, Courtney received her PhD in psychology at UNL. She did a pre-doctoral internship at Catholic Social Services from 2005 to 2006. I became the executive director of Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska in 2005. It was then that I was reminded she was someone special.

After completing a post-doctoral year from 2006 to 2007 at CSS, she worked in our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center until 2010. She left us to be a stay-at-home mother.

I am now happy to say she has been the Director of Clinical Services since January of this year. She is doing a fabulous job. When I first met her in that RCIA class 18 years ago, I never dreamed this would happen. It was a chance encounter providentially arranged by our Heavenly Father.

She is the director of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center, which is the only one in the nation that we know of that integrates the Catholic faith with professional psychology. We currently have an outstanding professional staff including three psychologists, two doctorate level interns, and four master level counselors. Our main clinical office is in Lincoln and we have satellite clinical offices located in Newman Center, St. Gregory the Great Seminary, David City, and Beatrice. In addition, I am excited to announce that we now offer Telecounseling for those who live too far from one of our fixed counseling sites.

Last year, CSS offered 4,290 clinical sessions. We accept most insurance providers.  In addition to offering counseling services to individuals young and old for most psychological difficulties, we have a charity grant program to assist those who for some reason are unable to cover the complete cost of counseling services. Last year, we provided $74,548 in charity grants.

When we meet individuals, one never knows if or when our paths will cross in the future. It is a good thing we do not know the future because it is wonderful seeing God’s providence work in our lives.

As we continue to celebrate this most holy time of year, let us never forget that God has purchased us at a price… the precious price of the blood of Jesus Christ, shed for us on the cross. Now that He is risen from the dead, may we never take our eyes and hearts off of Him Who leads us to eternal life with His grace. I will be eternally grateful that our clinicians incorporate the Catholic faith into their therapy, for our true and lasting home is in heaven with the risen Lord. Please keep this mission in your prayers and never forget that our clients and benefactors will remain in our prayers.

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