Kim Kampsen has been a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales for her whole life. She was blessed to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Holy Matrimony here at the parish.
“As a child, I went to church weekly with my family,” she says.
Kim and her husband, Bruce, have been married for almost 28 years, and are parents to two daughters, Kendall and Karsee. Raised in a devout Catholic home, Kim recalls spending time in prayer with her other family members and living out her faith in daily life.
“Coming from a strong faith family, we prayed the Rosary during Lent as a family, kneeling in the family room, and prayed before and after all meals as a family together at the table, as well as bedtime prayers every night,” she says.
Kim began her service to the church by helping with the Spring and Fall Sausage Suppers and Catholic Aid Breakfasts. She also taught elementary school Religious Education for six years when her two daughters were in school. Kendall and Karsee also served at Masses from grade school until high school.
For the last 17 years, Kim has been the housekeeper of the parish, parish center, and parish office. Her service is a significant part of maintaining the parish facilities.
“My hometown church feels like home,” she says. “I want to do my best to help take good care of it and keep it looking beautiful.”
In her daily life, Kim spends time in prayer and strives to help others to the best of her ability.
“I serve to feel a closer relationship with God and feel His presence with me daily,” she says.
Kim believes it’s important to be there for others as a means of stewardship, giving of whatever means we have been given.
“Whether praying for them or just helping them, I believe we work together, as it’s the Christian way,” Kim says. “I also believe in donating to our church monthly as much as we possibly can.”