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Ms. Lynn Engelken

Ms. Lynn Engelken, Youth Ministry Director

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Lynn started at St. Patrick Church in October of 2004.

Lynn grew up in Dyersville where EVERYONE (well most) are Catholic. She moved to Anamosa in 2000 for a pervious job. A few years later Sister Susan approached her for a Youth Minister job, but she told Sister she was too busy or didn't know anything about Youth Ministry! As history would have it, and due very much to Sister Susan's charming wit, she eventually took the job. Lynn doesn't regret the decision one bit and LOVES LOVES LOVES working with the kids. Besides -- it keeps her young. Lynn says, "You just grow to love these kids and want to teach them all the good things you can before they go off on their own." Lynn is single and doesn't have any children, but considers all the kids in the Youth Group "my kids."

She currently holds Youth Groups for grades 6th through high school.

There are about 20 - 30 middle school kids that attend each Wednesday night for pizza and fun before they go to their Religious Education classes.

There are about 5 - 7 kids that come to the high school Youth Group. It seems the older they get the busier they get, but we have great discussions in these small groups!

Last year a group of 5th graders BEGGED her to have Youth Group, so she started to meet with the 5th graders in
January every other Wednesday until the end of the school year. Then they ALL go to Adventureland to finish out the school year.

For fun Lynn works part-time at Jones Regional Medical Center as a receptionist and is involved in the Farley/Epworth CEW. She enjoys camping with relatives and friends, going on mission trips, garage sales/auctions, and visiting her nephews in Minneapolis and her niece in Dyersville.


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