Kathy Langer, Catholic Charities Director of Social Concerns was selected to receive the 2016 Mother Benedicta Riepp Award from The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict.
The sisters established the award to recognize a lay woman who exemplifies Benedictine and Gospel values in her daily life. The honor is the Benedicta Riepp Award, officially named after Mother Benedicta Riepp, the foundress of Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minn. The award has been given since 2007.
Kathy is a wife, mother, grandmother and one who is generally concerned for the welfare of others. She is a women of deep faith. As a young mother, she became more involved in her parish as a volunteer. As her children grew, she served as religious education director at their Catholic school. She discovered she could make a difference in the lives of teens and volunteered in youth ministry. This turned into 16 years of fulltime youth ministry. Kathy has also served at the SCSU Neman Center as pastoral associate. She was part of the first Sophia Group offered at our Spirituality Center.
Since 2007, Kathy has been Catholic Charities Director of Social Concerns. Her dedication and faith in God is evident in her work with people of different cultures and/or faiths and in helping others to come together in dialogue to help bring peace and understanding. Special prayer services and other events that Kathy organizes help build understanding across cultural lines, all in the context of faith in action. She serves as diocesan director for Catholic Campaign for Human Development in the Diocese of St. Cloud. Along with Doug Scott, Kathy helps to organize the annual Rural Life Celebration for the Diocese. Her vision is not only local but extends to outreach with the Homa Bay, Kenya and Maracay, Venezuela, diocesan outreach efforts.
Kathy received her M.A. from Saint John’s School of Theology and has recently completed her time as an adjunct professor for the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. With the same dedication that Mother Benedicta demonstrated, Kathy has reached out to serve God and God’s people.