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2012 Washington Golden Jubilarians

Linda Koontz, SNJM

KoontzI was greatly inspired by the Sisters of the Holy Names as I attended St. Aloysius grade school and Holy Names Academy in Spokane, Washington. I finished the second half of my junior year at Immaculate Heart Academy in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and graduated from there.

I followed my desire to serve God by entering the congregation at Marylhurst, Oregon in 1960.  Upon graduation from Fort Wright College, I taught school at Sacred Heart and St. Francis in Spokane and at Immaculate in Seattle, Washington.  In 1971 I was released from full time teaching to serve in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

1977 was a life-changing year.  I was invited to El Paso, Texas to take part in an evangelization program among the poorest of the poor in Juarez, Mexico.  Upon the invitation of Fr. Rick Thomas, S.J. I joined with his community in full time service to the poor in the hills of Juarez, Mexico.

In 1986 I founded Spirit of The Lord International Mission, an outreach to the poor, in Juarez, Mexico as well as the Caribbean and other parts of the world.

In Juarez, Mexico the mission has changed lives by providing education for the poorest children.  We have built houses for those who lived in cardboard shacks and have provided food, medicine, and care for families.  The focus of Spirit of The Lord International Mission is evangelization: bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the World.  I have been privileged to serve in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal as a preacher and teacher around the world and in every state of the United States.

I am sincerely grateful to be a part of the Sisters of The Holy Names of Jesus and Mary whose mission is to minister to the poor.