Christifideles Award Recipient: Flo Merkl-Deutsch
Flo has been an active and engaged parishioner since 1994 when she moved from her hometown of Boston. She first became involved with the preparations for Holy Week and was moved by the many women and lay people that she saw involved in the liturgy at Saint Clement. She furthered her commitment throughout the years when she became a eucharistic minister, thurifer, sacristan, and Holy Week liturgy coordinator. Flo became a minister of care in 1997 and served at Children’s Hospital for five years. She was a co-founder of the Saint Clement Young Adult Community where she began many of the beloved annual events including the yearly young adult retreat. The relationships that she formed in the young adult community continue to this day. Flo joined the parish staff as coordinator of liturgy in 2006. Flo was an inspirational and dedicated leader throughout her time on the parish staff. Also during her years on the parish staff, she furthered her formation in pastoral practice through earning a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Flo left the parish staff in 2016 to become the Director of the Office of Mission and Values at DePaul College Preparatory. She continues to serve in numerous capacities around the parish along with her husband and two sons.
A reception celebrating Flo will be held on Sunday, December 9 following the 9:30 a.m. Masses in 1E. Please join us as we celebration Flo and her continued dedication. Congratulations Flo!