April 24, 2016

On Sunday, April 24, we have a special guest preacher and forum leader, Catharine Quinn. Catharine, also known as Cat, grew up in Wilmette and was a member of Holy Comforter from Kindergarten, was in the church choir, and was married here. She has been a community health nurse for 24 years and has worked internationally in Honduras and Guatemala, and nationally in Chicago and California. For the past eight years, Cat has been the Coordinator of Field Programs with Concern America, an international development and refugee aid organization: her husband, John Straw, is the Executive Director of CA, so their commitment is truly one involving the entire family. Cat is responsible for Concern America's programs and field personnel in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Mozambique.

Cat is the daughter of our own Vince and Gretchen Quinn. She and John have two children, Quinn (17) and Kahlo (14). Her presentation included some "fair trade" items for sale. In an international sense, this program expanded our "Building Bridges" Lenten theme. We made every effort to welcome Cat back home to Holy Comforter and learn about the important work.

Catharine Quinn