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Pastoral Council Honors Linda Stryker

The pastoral council is pleased to recognize Linda Stryker, an active member of St. Francis Parish for the last 33 years. She and her husband, Ted, have three adult children: Christopher, Elizabeth and Will.

Linda's spirituality is deeply rooted in her 12 years of Catholic school education. As a teen, she participated in the SEARCH program, which was instrumental in growing her young faith. She also belonged to several music groups, singing at Mass during college and beyond. A pivotal award that was especially meaningful to Linda when she was in high school was that of "The Young American Award in Humanities" for all-around volunteerism.

Following her collegiate studies, where she earned a BS in Recreation and Park Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Linda's enthusiasm for serving continued into her work life. Her first two jobs out of college were, first, with the American Red Cross, and then head of the volunteer program at Bishop McGuinness High. She said of these positions, "Teaching youth of all denominations the merits and benefits of volunteering and doing community service was a real passion."

When Linda first came to St. Francis, she became involved with the confirmation program and youth ministry. Then, as a parent, she found there were numerous ways to participate in the life of the parish and school: retreats, Scouts and whole community catechesis. Linda has been actively involved with Hospitality House for over 10 years as a meal provider and parish liaison, and served five years on their board. She has also served on the St. Francis pastoral council.

Linda is now retired, following 30+ years in the medical field. She and Ted enjoy cruising about in their sailboat, as well as a bit of kayaking. Linda is just completing a term on the Burien Parks Commission. She enjoys being a volunteer teaching weaving at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center one to two days a week. She is also an active member of both the Seattle Weavers' Guild, and the Tacoma Weavers' Guild, and an active spinner in the Burien spinning group.

Linda shared her thoughts on encouraging others to get involved, saying it helps to ask about their interests, skills and experiences in order to think of avenues of involvement--more than just parish events, but community things as well. It is important to be familiar with the rhythms of the parish and help connect people sooner than later.

Linda, the pastoral council thanks you for your years of involvement. You inspire others with your selfless giving. We ask God's blessings on you and your family as you exemplify a life of faith in our community.

-St. Francis of Assisi Pastoral Council

 

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