Kathy Schulz | Board Member | Diocese of Corpus Christi

Kathy is a retired U.S. Navy Commander. She holds a M.A. in Management, and a B.S. in Education. After retiring, she became a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant to care for her daughter. She helped bring numerous Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experiences to South Texas upon return from a “St. Marianne” Special Needs Pilgrimage in June 2018. She serves as a Eucharistic Adorer and volunteers with the Deaf and Disabled Ministry. She is an active member of the Legion of Mary and Guadalupana Society. Kathy and her husband Rob have two daughters and one son. Her oldest daughter with multiple disabilities has been instrumental in forming their holy family. She joined the Board of Directors in January 2020 and serves on the Special Needs Advisory Committee.

Most satisfying aspect of involvement with Lourdes Volunteers: 

Sharing the message of Lourdes with as many people as possible! 

How do I help our pilgrims and volunteers prepare for pilgrimage/my role on pilgrimage:

I serve as a conduit for Special Needs pilgrims and our Board of Directors in an advisory role.

How/when I first joined Lourdes Volunteers:

At the urging of a parish priest during the early years after my daughter’s birth, the seed was planted.  Ten years later… my family made our first pilgrimage in 2018. I prayed to find a way, and discovered North American Lourdes Volunteers on the internet!  I knew in my heart, and we scheduled our pilgrimage.

Favorite moments on pilgrimage:

My favorite moment of pilgrimage was an unexpected holy moment with another French special needs pilgrim in an elevator. Love transcended time, place, and even the ability to speak. I witnessed my non-verbal daughter engage with a young French pilgrim using a motorized wheelchair in the elevator to the Accueil Notre-Dame. As the young lady departed, my family stood in awe of what we had experienced!