Ann Lenz became an integral component of Bethlehem House’s family unit in early 2014. Ann serves as a part-time Spiritual Care and Faith Advisor for both current residents and former residents (graduates) of Bethlehem House.
Ann plans and directs quarterly retreats for residents, provides individual spiritual direction, coordinates and leads faith building and sharing activities in the home, and invites and walks with each woman as she considers participation in the Sacraments. Ann’s ultimate goal is to help the ladies develop a more intimate relationship with God.
Ann earned her Bachelor’s degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. She went on to get her Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University in Omaha. Her work experiences include high school teaching (theology), Family Teaching at Boys Town, crisis counseling for the Boys Town National Hotline.
Ann is married to Doug and they have four children. They are parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
GET TO KNOW ANN
What do you appreciate most about Bethlehem House? The pro-life mission!
Favorite part of your job: I enjoy planning and directing retreats for the women AND being a spiritual companion to them! What an honor!
A phrase you’re caught saying the most: “Wow!”
Favorite color: Green
Most memorable experience at BH: I invited a young woman to attend Mass in our Chapel with me. Her first response was, “Well, will I have to put shoes on?” I said, “Yes, that would be good.” She eagerly ran to grab shoes and then joined me in the Chapel for Mass. While I could tell this was new to her, she followed along with the Mass as best she could. Towards the end of the homily, however, she made a move that NO CATHOLIC would dare to do. She blurted out her two cents worth about a comment Father made. She startled everyone – including Father. Shock, panic, then silence blanketed the room. I enjoyed every minute!
Favorite Pastime: Spending time with family – especially when food and laughter are involved.
Motto: Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26