Courtney Wiegmann

Huntington County Youth Minister

Courtney is a lifelong member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Huntington.  She is the daughter of George and Jody Foster, who are members as well and live on Cherry Street.  One brother, Eric, lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Nicole, and children Lillianna (six) and Noah (one).  Her family held the Catholic Church as the foundation of her family by faithfully attending Sunday Mass, taking communion to residents of Norwood Nursing home, and her parents were 4th Grade CCD teachers for several years. George is going into his 38th year at Our Sunday Visitor working as a book editor. Over those years, the family has met several priests, religious, lay ministers, and co-workers who were a great influence in developing their faith.  Jody retired last year from working over 42 years as a hairdresser. Her whit, humor, and care of others is what she is known for as well as her Cowboy Cookies!  Courtney has been married to her husband, Dennis, for 15 years, and they have two daughters, Ana, who is 12 and attends Crestview Middle School as a 7th Grader, and Aubrey is 10 and is in 5th Grade at Flint Springs Elementary.  As a family, they still make Sunday Mass a priority and have all recently been able to minister at Mass together as the girls are Altar Servers, Dennis either is a Lector or Commentator and fill-in Eucharistic Minister, and Courtney is a Eucharistic Minister.

The journey for Courtney to become a youth minister may not be the most common, but a call to serve the church for some time.  This goes back to a phone call that she received in the early 1990’s when Sister Miriam asked Courtney if she would be interested in attending a weekend for girls interested in pursuing religious life.  While she knew this wasn’t her call, she continued to serve by assisting and teaching in the CCD Program for several years including teaching alongside Dennis for 8th Grade Confirmation for four years, helping and leading retreats for that age group, and sponsoring a longtime friend in RCIA.  Throughout this time, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from IPFW where she met Dennis.  When they first met, he asked her to take a leap of faith and go to Italy to study the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare.  They went on the almost two week pilgrimage in 2001 and it has become another important part of their Catholic foundation. They were married in 2002 at Sts. Peter and Paul where Courtney would be the 5th Generation of her family to be married at the church!

As Courtney worked as a substitute teacher and a mortgage company early in their marriage, she found her way to work in the field of social work and mental health.  In her work with Bowen Center for the past 10 years, she can tell you that the needs of our community are endless; from basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and transportation… to severe mental health, addiction, and trauma.  All of these are a huge concern and most of the time the reason or underlying need for why people act and behave in ways they typically wouldn’t.  So as the youth minister, she feels that it is important to not only nourish our faith and spirituality, but also take care of ourselves with good self-care and keep our mental health in good working order. We also must watch out for each other as well and reach out for help when it is needed.

Ultimately, her road to becoming youth minister brought her to an important day back in June.  A growing call that spoke, "Hear I am Lord." I am here to serve my church.  As she spoke the vocation prayer on our church feast day, June 29th, tears streamed down her face. Not only had that nagging voice been there for a few months and for most of her life, but it was crying out and overwhelming, in unbelievable ways, and it was beautiful. After talking to Denny (yes, she does refer to him has Denny), praying, and talking with her support system, she took the plunge to apply for the position of Youth Minister of Huntington County.  After being hired by the Youth Advisory Board (YAB), she is excited to bring her love of Catholicism, youth, people in general, teaching, passion for mental health and self-care, and a good listening ear to our church community.  This is the first such collaboration in our diocese to combine church efforts for a Youth Ministry Program. However, with the help of our YAB, parish priests, parents, parishioners of any age, and most importantly, our youth, her prayer is to develop a whole community approach to support our youth into adulthood with a strong Catholic foundation.  We all have a desire to feel that we are at home and welcome in our church community. 

 

Courtney Wiegmann
Huntington County Youth Minister
Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Cell: 
260-359-6234
Email: cjwiegmann79@gmail.com
Facebook: Huntington Catholics in Action

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