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New Cathedral hire, not a new face

By JOANNE FOX, Globe editor
(Email Joanne)

With a new catechetical year comes new faces.

However, a new face at Cathedral of the Epiphany may be a familiar one to many of the diocese.

Karmen Darwin began her duties as director of new evangelization at the cathedral in June, after serving as the assistant director of youth catechesis and evangelization for the Diocese of Sioux City.

“Although the concept of the new evangelization calls us back to the basic mission of the church, to preach the Gospel to all people, the work that is to be done with the new evangelization is broad and varied,” she said. “It is a challenge to bring it to a practical level and apply it to the specific parish community.”

Originally from Polk City, Iowa and a 2010 graduate of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., Darwin has found the greatest joy in her job is working within a parish community.

“It provides a wonderful opportunity to form relationships with people and I enjoy working with others on various projects,” she said. “I’ve also enjoyed building relationships with the junior high and high school youth.”

Darwin praised the cathedral’s strong youth group program and hoped that she could continue to foster its growth and offer opportunities for junior high and high school youth to encounter Jesus.

“Another goal I have is to offer more opportunities for adult faith formation and fellowship,” she said. “I will also be spending time focusing on our religious education, youth ministry and adult faith formation curriculums.”

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