Q: How is your faith the foundation of your role as president of the U.S. Association of Consecrated Virgins?
Elizabeth is the editorial director of FAITH magazine and the vice president of FAITH Catholic Publishing and Communications.
So many women have been role models and mentors in my life that I could write pages. But I only have a few words – and when I think about my work here at FAITH Catholic, two women come into focus as influences on my career and ministry.
Q: How was your faith the foundation of your role as Director of Development for the Diocese of Lansing?
A: My faith helped me understand that fund development is, first and foremost, a ministry. I was amazingly blessed to serve as Director of Development for the Diocese of Lansing. In this role, I was able to offer the people of our diocese the opportunity to participate in the mission and vision of the Diocese of Lansing and the wider Church.
While I have never aspired to be the “first woman” in any given position, in retrospect, I realize that I often have been. That began early in my religious life when I was invited to teach at St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Mich. Another sister was working as the librarian and another as director of field education, but I was the first woman to actually teach courses at the seminary. Later, after serving on the general council of the Adrian Dominican Congregation, I was invited to become the executive director of the Southdown Institute in Ontario, Canada.
Q: Is there a person who inspired you along the way?
A: Not one but two as together they inspired me in my youth and continue to inspire me by the beautiful example they gave me. It was my parents who taught my two brothers, three sisters and myself the priorities in life of Faith and Family. The Catholic education they gave us came as a great sacrifice to them but remains one of their greatest gifts to us.
Q: Tell us a defining moment in your ministry.