Sr Katie, a proud native Chicagoan, never thought she would live here in New York, but…here she is! In Brooklyn since August 2015, she is the first Servant of God’s Presence native to the United States. Excited to begin a new mission here, her natural enthusiasm and energy have been shaped by her previous missions in Thailand, El Salvador and France. Her first mission in Bangkok, Thailand as a volunteer in 2010, coming at the end of several years working in fundraising and communications, was a turning point for her, and led her to El Salvador to continue discerning with Heart’s Home in 2012.
After a year and a half discerning with the Heart’s Home sisters in France, in 2014, she entered the community of the Servants of God’s Presence. She is immensely grateful for this last “spiritual year” in mission, which was a holistic education that included not only intensive courses in theology and philosophy, but also the space and time to live out a deeper silence and prayer life.
Happy to be back on this side of the Atlantic, she is discovering that her Bachelors degree in German and professional work experience in communications might be of some use to the Heart’s Home team here. Mostly though, you can find her visiting friends in our neighborhood or welcoming them to our home, grateful to be trying to live out a radical “hospitality of the heart” here in the Big Apple.