Stories of Stewards: Pat Kosmerl
As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Pat Kosmerl:
My involvement with Saint Clement falls into two distinct chapters. Chapter One started after college when I moved to Lincoln Park and began attending Mass at Saint Clement. I loved the energy of Saint Clement, but like other young adults, I attended Mass sporadically because I was often gone on weekends and moved from Chicago because of job promotions.
Chapter Two started about 10 years ago. I’d been going to Saint Clement regularly and, over time, I realized that I wanted to be more of a participant in the Mass, not just an observer. I became an Eucharistic Minister and from that day forward my appreciation of the Saint Clement community has grown—and continues to grow with my increased involvement. I’ve also served as Baptism Greeter and participated in Strengths for the Journey and Service Day. In 2013 and 2014, the Chicago Architecture Foundation invited Saint Clement to be one of the sites visited during their “Open House Chicago” weekend. Since I have a degree in Art History (rarely used during my decades in the business world), I was very happy when Gabe asked for volunteers to welcome visitors to our church. Thanks to that experience and to the training I received from a very knowledgeable long-time parishioner, I’m now one of the volunteers who gives the monthly Art & Architecture tour of Saint Clement.
It’s been a joy to be involved in Saint Clement. I truly feel that my fellow parishioners are an extended family and I’ve made many wonderful friends over the years. There’s a vibrancy and warmth that emanates from our parish community. I admire the thought and preparation that goes into all of our services. We are blessed by being able to worship in a remarkable church, but that space is enriched by the talent of our musicians and the beautiful voices in our choirs.
I realize that all good things happen because of strong leadership, commitment, and the financial resources required to support an organization’s operations and mission. Over the last several years, I’ve donated stock in support of Saint Clement. It’s a painless process and only seems fair that I should give back to a parish that adds so much to my spiritual and personal happiness!