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Sister Monica Kostielney, RSM - First female CEO of Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) and first female 
president of the National Association 
of State Catholic Conference Directors

Q: How was your faith the foundation of your role as director of a Catholic Charities agency?

A: As a baptized Christian and a Religious Sister of Mercy with a vow to serve the poor, sick and uneducated, and blessed with a Catholic education, my faith foundation as a CEO was to serve with justice and compassion, with a compelling belief that each person is an image and likeness of God.

Q: Is there a person who inspired you along the way?

Vicki Kaufmann - First female director of Catholic Charities agency in the Diocese of Lansing

Q: How was your faith the foundation of your role as director of a Catholic Charities agency?

A: I have worked within Catholic organizations my whole professional life. My career started when I became a nun and was a member of a religious community for 20 years. When I left my order, I began work at the Lansing office of Catholic Charities as a family counselor.

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle’s classic book, A Wrinkle in Time, and its sequels have inspired young readers since 1962. Its timeless theme is the battle between good and evil, light and darkness. The protagonist, Meg Murry, goes on a quest to save her father from a dark power and bring him home. In addition to her friend Calvin, and her brother, Meg is assisted in her quest by three guides – who come to her in the guise of middle-aged women. On March 9, L’Engle’s story comes to the big screen with a Disney production of A Wrinkle in Time. 

What’s Molly been doing since winning our 2010 essay contest?

Still Talking About Jesus

“How do I talk to my friends about Jesus?” Molly Cook answered this question in 2010 as a senior in high school, and appeared in FAITH Magazine as the Teen Issue essay contest winner for that year. She wrote then: “Youth group has helped me to realize that being a part of the Church is like being a part of a family or a community. The relationships I have gained from being a part of my church and youth group activities mean the world to me and have brought Jesus into my everyday life and conversations.”

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