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For Ifeoma and Ike, ‘The value of a Catholic education is vital’

The Iyioke family table bridges the space between the living room and kitchen.

Walls just a few feet to the left and right showcase special memories captured in family photos.

On the west wall, Mom, Ifeoma, models a traditional Nigerian headdress. Dad, Ike, poses with his sons in their Sunday best outfits. Among the photos of each child, a white-robed Jesus laughs as boys and girls chase the soccer ball he deftly kicks along a playing field.

Deb uses her gifts to lead and 'be the person God called me to be'

Deb Amato: First female chief of staff for the Diocese of Lansing

Trailblazer wasn’t a heading on any of the tabs in Deb Amato’s files of possible ministerial work. Yet, upon her appointment as the first female chief of staff for the Central Service Offices of the Diocese of Lansing, Trailblazer became the most prominent tab. No one was more surprised than she. “I questioned my qualifications, but I was open and trusted God’s lead.” With a chuckle, she adds, “I really thought I was called to be a theology teacher.’


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