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I’m Patti.  I am a wife, mother and Catholic lay minister.  My mission is to use my gifts and experience to build the Kingdom of God.  My goal for this blog is to inspire Catholics to dive deeper into our faith, to share resources and experiences with fellow ministers and to provide updates on our family life for all those we have been so privileged to stay connected with over the years.  I will post on a variety of topics related to living out our Catholic faith and ministry.

I am originally from Maine and have lived in the mid-west since I was 13, except for a year I spent serving in Ecuador.  My husband, Chris, was raised in Mexico and is also in full time ministry and was ordained a permanent deacon in September 2017.  We have two small boys, Gabriel who was born in September 2009 and Isaac who was born in June 2013 and a little girl Isabel born in April 2016. Five of our children are waiting for us in heaven after miscarriages: Rosario, Teresa, Elías, Claire & Damien.  For 10 years I have ministered in a small, rural Catholic parish where over half of our members are first and second generation immigrants from Mexico and Central America.  I have worked in some type of multicultural ministry since 2003.  I am a trained Natural Family Planning Instructor (Creighton FertilityCare method) and passionate about helping people live out God’s design for love, marriage and sexuality.  Stemming from my ministry with immigrants, I have also been an active advocate for a comprehensive immigration reform since 2006.

This blog is out of my comfort zone, but I feel called to use new media to share what I have learned and engage with others who are on the same journey.  I invite you to join this community, subscribe to the blog and get involved in the conversation!  May God use it for his glory!

Contact

Shoot me an e-mail: patti13@gmail.com

Or connect with me at: www.facebook.com/patti.m.gutierrez

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