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Diocese hires Stoll as new assistant
director of youth catechesis and evangelization

By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
(Email Katie)


After teaching Totus Tuus in the Diocese of Sioux City, Linsey Stoll’s life was changed.

It has now changed again. She has been hired as the new assistant director of youth catechesis and evangelization for the diocese.

Stoll started on May 29 as the teachers came in to begin their Totus Tuus training. She will then have a bit of a break, as she is marrying Dakota Hoard on June 14 at St. Anthony Church in Hospers. She will return to work as Linsey Hoard on June 24.

This native of Archer graduated in 2008 from Spalding Catholic School in Granville. She attended Morningside College where she studied music education and went on to graduate from Franciscan University in Steubenville with her BA in theology and minor in music.

Stoll has been teaching at Pocahontas Catholic School for the past school year, as well as serving as director of music and director of religious education for Resurrection Parish.

Some may already know Stoll from her work with Totus Tuus. In 2009, the summer after her freshman year in college, she was a teacher as well as in 2010 and helped at the training sessions in 2011 and 2012. During high school, she volunteered as a music leader and group leader at Camp CaYoCa and also attended a number of diocesan youth events including the youth rally.

“Totus Tuus completely changed my life,” said Stoll. “I didn’t have much of prayer life before I started Totus Tuus. I thought I did, but my prayer life has changed. My entire spiritual life has changed. The experiences I have had, going to Franciscan and everything, none of that would have never happened if it weren’t for Totus Tuus. Getting to direct Totus Tuus from a diocesan level is a dream job for me.”

She said she is very comfortable with the programs she will be working with in her new position.

“While things have changed, I have a good understanding of how things run,” said Stoll. “Because of the programs I have worked with, I know people all over the diocese, which helps a lot. It is important to me to keep fostering these programs and continue to get our youth excited about them.”

She plans to keep up the programs that are in place and hopes to increase the numbers for Camp Totus Tuus.

“I think things in this office have been run very well,” said Stoll. “I want to keep that up. I really love this diocese. It is my home diocese. I love our bishop. He has done marvelous things for our diocese.”

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