Meet Katie Koren!
Submitted by: Vincent Guider
He came, not to receive service, but to give it.
Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17
When it comes to ministry, Katie Koren, an active Old St. Pat’s member, truly exemplifies what it means. Her passion for life, respect for people and ability to get things done truly makes her a minister to emulate.
The term ministry is derived from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. In fact, Jesus entire life and mission modeled ministry for us all.
Many have noticed and admired Katie’s contributions to the community, and here are a few samples of comments people have made about her impact on Old St. Pat’s Church and beyond:
“One word come to my mind when I think about what Katie Koren means to Old St. Pat’s Church and beyond – ubiquitous! Katie is at so many social justice / social action oriented events involving Old St Pat’s. We see her at the 7 Last Words of Christ during Lent, at the Blessed Sacrament Youth Center and doing community gardening in North Lawndale, at the Kinship Initiative Mardi Gras celebration in February and leading OSP Next outreach projects. She is everywhere radiating her warmth and amazing ability to get things done. Katie is a wonderful blessing.”
Jim Power, Member
Old St. Pat’s Church
“Her energy, her smile, easy laughter and the willingness to approach individuals from all walks of life make katie so special, She will walk up to anybody and give them a hug. There are so many positive things about her. I remember we were breaking down after the Continuing the Dream Weekend when we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King in North Lawndale last summer. Katie went and brought over two little girls and a woman she’d just met to help us move a large wooden platform in from the street. The girls and woman were glad to help, largely due to Katie’s warmth and care for people.”
Larry Dixon, MLK Fair Housing Exhibit Director
“Katie Koren continues to inspire me as a leader, a disciple, a woman of courage and faith. She has supported our efforts to secure a community-funded mental health center on the west side of Chicago. She works tirelessly in her personal and professional life to ensure physical, mental, and spiritual health of those she encounters. She also participated in an Old St. Pat’s small group this past summer about prison reform, and she continues to reflect on her own privilege and identity in order to combat systemic injustice. She brings an honest and genuine warmth to conversations and does not back away from difficult realities.”
Rachel Lyons, Social Action Ministries Director
Old St. Pat’s Church
Whether you meet her at mass, an OSPnext gathering or a special event at Old St. Pat’s, if you see her involved in North Lawndale through the Kinship Initiative, if she’s immersed in social justice work somewhere in Chicago-land or if just meet her on the street, she is a ready source of joy and inspiration. Katie, we commend and pray for you. May your incredible spirit continue to touch us.