Episode 60

Laura Knaus joins Fr. Steve and Danielle in the virtual Open Door Studio!

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July 7th, 2020

51 mins 6 secs

Season 5

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About this Episode

Laura Knaus, Associate Superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit discusses moving from Nebraska to Detroit, her passion for Catholic education, and eggs benedict.

Rapid Fire Questions and Discussion 03:45
She worked as a soccer ref, had a profound encounter with God in Broomtree South Dakota, hung with some rock dudes and continues to seek the truth of Jesus Christ in these confusing times.
Testimony 10:31
Danielle kicks this segment off by asking about Laura's move to Detroit in July of 2019 from Lincoln, Nebraska. She talks about an influential retreat right after high school and the beginnings of seeing how God was working in her life. A trip to Rome, seeing Blessed John Paul II and World Youth Day in Toronto all solidified her faith.
Working at a Catholic summer camp turned her thoughts to Catholic education and working with children. Fr. Steve asks about her Catholic school background and goes on to share his. Laura goes on to talk about studying spiritual formation and Theology of the Body and how through the spiritual practices of Lexio Divina and Praying the Hours she has begun to learn who she is and how much she matters to God.
Unleashing the Gospel 26:49
After 8 years as a high school principal in Lincoln, Nebraska, Laura was offered an opportunity to come to Detroit. After her initial skepticism, she was sent a copy of the Unleashing the Catholic Schools document and later, the Unleashing the Gospel Pastoral Letter. Unexpectedly moved, she applied for the job and was hired by the Archdiocese of Detroit. Danielle asks Fr. Steve and Laura what they hope this generation can recieve from their Catholic education. Laura continues talking about the importance of teaching children to make the radical decision to follow Jesus and help others to do the same.
Reflection 43:39
Laura talks about these times of isolation and quarantine and how important it is to reach out to others. Danielle finishes with a word of encouragement for us all.