After many years of service in our parish’s religious education programs…Linda is taking a much deserved break! Linda has been doing catechetical work since she was 17, first at her own parish, then here at Visitation ever since she got married. She helped Sr. Mary Tewes with the PREP first Sacrament Preparation sessions from 1992 until Sr. Mary retired in 2012. Linda also helped with the Sunday morning program some of that time. She also helped with the Summer PREP program some of those years…even leading the music sessions when there wasn’t musician available to serve. Linda also served as Sr. Mary’s secretary on occasion. Linda and her husband Paul raised two sons and two daughters, including Laura Hampel, our current Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry.
According to Sr. Mary, “Linda had become a pleasant presence in my office, when she came to help. We have become friends over all this time. I really appreciated Linda, her love for the Church, Our Lady of Visitation Parish and all the people.”
Linda’s daughter Laura says Linda had an amazing impact on her life. “She has such a profound love for the Eucharist and a deep love and trust in God and that bleeds into every aspect of her life...how could it not?! At some point all of us kids helped in her PREP classroom and it was so mesmerizing to see our mom in that setting, talking about reconciliation and what it means to be close to God.”
When asked about her many years of service here, Linda said, “It is a joy to help children understand how exciting their Catholic faith can be and that they can have a best friend in Jesus.”
Think of all the students Linda has influenced over her years here at Visitation!
Kudos Corner salutes her!