St. Francis church in the snow in February

The St. Francis of Assisi Pastoral Council Honors Pat & Stan Cervenka

Pat Cervenka:Pat was born in North Dakota and gained a teaching degree from St. Ben's in St. Cloud Minnesota. Pat met Stan Cervenka at a dance in Bachelor's Grove ND at the age of 18. Stan took a job at Boeing after being in the navy so they moved to Burien. Pat and her family found St. Francis and the many volunteer opportunities available here.

With 9 children in the house, she started helping with programs involving children. She taught pre-school and CCD. Pat has always been an advocate for women,teaching Marian studies for 7th and 8th grade girls. Many of the ministries were started by her because she was asked to help people in special situations. She did such a fine job that she was asked to repeat the work over and over and a new ministry was born. Some example of the work that she started and continues to do today are: meals after funeral services, remembrances for the deceased and holding vigils.

Other ministries include head of the Liturgy Committee and one of her greatest has been holding communion services when father is absent. Something she started doing in 1972 and is still offering it today. She was also one of the first laypersons to bring Communion to the hospital. It was a very moving and life changing event for her. It was then that she knew how to "let go" and feel comfortable doing the work God had chosen for her.
Pat was interviewed for the Progress in an article titled "Pat Keeps Talking". This article was later published in the Catholic Digest in June 1989.

Pat loves St. Francis because it "feels like home". Her advice to the community of St. Francis is to get involved with the ministries, start new ones.

Thank you Pat.
-- St Francis of Assisi Pastoral Council

 

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