Sr. Kathleen Budesky, IHM
Kathie Budesky’s mom was born in Warsaw, Poland; her dad, in Iselin, Pa. Kathie was born and raised in Detroit and attended St. Francis de Sales school for 12 years where she was introduced to IHMs. She entered the IHM congregation in August 1967 and was received the following June. Her final profession was on April 29, 1978.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in theology and history from Loyola University of Chicago. She holds master’s degrees in the teaching of history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and in religious studies/spirituality from the Institute in Creation-Centered Spirituality (ICCS) at Mundelein College. In addition, she has participated in National Endowment for the Humanities seminars at Yale, Harvard and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In 1987, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Israel.
Her first assignment as an IHM was at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School in Westchester, Ill., where she taught history and social studies for five years. Kathie returned to Michigan, to serve at Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills. There, she played numerous roles. She was an administrative intern and social studies teacher for a year; she taught social studies and worked as the scheduling coordinator for another year; and for two years, she ministered as the associate principal. After a sabbatical year at Mundelein College, she served one year as the administrative assistant for the ICCS.
Kathie was the principal of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis for four years before she returning to her beloved St. Ignatius and the religious studies classroom for more three years. She served as principal of Marian High School for six years. Her focus then turned to adult learners. After six months as associate director at Visitation North Spirituality Center, she became the director and has served in that capacity since 2010.
On her page in the IHM Book of Life, Kathie has written, “Thank you for inspiring me to be the best that I can be.”
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Blessed with an extraordinary voice, ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded inspirational/catechetical speaker, singer, composer and recording artist. She is also a college professor, a leader of worship and prayer, and a workshop presenter at conferences across the US and abroad. ValLimar has a long history of singing sacred music, starting from the age of five. She received most of her training in music and performance from Howard University in Washington, DC. She holds professional degrees in the arts from California State University, San Bernardino, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
ValLimar composes much of her music with the help of her husband, Frank. They live in California and have three children.
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Fr. Fran Daly, SJ
Fr. Fran Daly, SJ, grew up in Chicago and entered the Society of Jesus at Milford, Ohio in 1959. He taught Latin and History at St. Xavier High School from 1966-69 and worked with the Sodality and Xavier’s Summer Enrichment Program mostly for African-American students. In June, 1972, after his theological studies in Chicago he was ordained and was missioned to the Jesuit novitiate in Berkley, Michigan as minister of the community. He worked closely with Frs. Howard Gray and Frank Houdek studying and directing the Spiritual Exercises, and also teaching Jesuit History. He served as Novice Director from 1977-1983 and during that time directed the 30-day Spiritual Exercise two or three times a year. He returned to Chicago in 1984 as rector of his alma mater, St. Ignatius College Prep, teaching Religious Studies to Juniors and doing Adult Faith Development with the faculty and staff. In 1990, he became Formation Director for the Chicago Province and in 1991 executive director to the Provincial. During those years he traveled around the United States and Europe visiting Jesuits in formation. In 1997, the Jesuit province began to sponsor an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome every other year for high school faculties and staff, and Fran was the docent for the first three trips which deepened his appreciation of the Ignatian heritage. From 1988-1991 and 2000-2011, he served as Tertian Director for the Chicago Province Two Summer Program in which he worked with Jesuits from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States. In 1998, he returned to Cincinnati and served at St. Xavier High School as rector until August of 2005. In 2000, he became Director of Ignatian Formation for the Adult Community at St. Xavier High School, where he worked with Adult Faith programs and introduced new teachers for their first five years to the person and vision of St. Ignatius. In the summer of 2014, he became the Executive Director of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House.
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