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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Ellen Lierk
Diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska

Grounded in Prayer, Confident in Grace

In the Diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska, priests are in high demand and short order. Gifted lay ministers play a vital role in sustaining the Church here. First called to pastoral ministry in 2001, Ellen Lierk is one such lay leader. Reflecting on her ministry, she likens herself to yeast. Although she isn’t visible in the “dough,” her presence and action as a pastoral minister helps lift love throughout her parish and community. Gifted at encouraging others into service, Lierk directs the RCIA program, facilitates Scripture study and coordinates faith-sharing groups. But her greatest witness to others has been her unshakable faith in Christ. After her husband survived a hostage situation at their family’s local business, Lierk showed the community at large the meaning of Christian love by forgiving the perpetrator.

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