Many people might know Jane as the woman who swipes cards in the Café at Loras, but many including myself see her as someone who means so much more. Maybe you know her as the women who makes your day with the compliments she gives or as someone to give a hug to when you see her. Jane is a woman of faith. She shares her love for God by giving love and care to the students of Loras College.
Jane was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa with her ten other brothers and sisters. She grew up Catholic but defined her faith as a “cafeteria Catholic” much of the time. That is until 2006, in Henry, Illinois where she was at a retreat at the Nazareth House on Divine Mercy Sunday. She experienced a conversion of faith, which in turn made her who she is today.
Before working at Loras, Jane’s most recent employment resided at Mercy in Dubuque, Iowa where she helped people receive the medication they needed. She has been working at Loras for the past four years. When I asked what her favorite part of her job was, she laughed because I knew what she was going to say. Jane said, “My favorite part of working at Loras is absolutely the students. I feel as though I take them under my wing as a spiritual guardian or second mom to the students.” I know many people at Loras call Jane their second mom, and that’s how I always describe her to people. She is constantly praying for the students she sees every day and making sure that they are okay. It comes naturally to her being a mother of four girls. She is constantly looking out for people and putting others before herself.
With the genuine and authentic person Jane is, she comes with a lot of knowledge about life, and she shared some things with me that she wanted to share with the students here at Loras. “Listen up Duhawks,” she said, “Turn to God for everything, and get to truly know Him. Love Him and serve Him. Do your best to let God do the rest. Be grateful for the little things because life is really made up of the little things — the little ways we can please God!” She also said that no matter the circumstances, pray, pray, and pray some more. One of her favorite bible verses is Matthew 25:40 which says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” There are many things we can learn from each other, and God places people in our lives to learn from and grow with. Something Jane said to me that really made me think is that we are here to learn from each other. We might not know why people come into our lives or why they leave, but there’s always a reason. As Mandy Hale said, “there are no accidents. People come in and out of our lives for a reason, and where we end up is where we were destined to be all along.”
We can learn a lot from this beautiful woman of Christ here at Loras and I encourage you to get to know her if you don’t already. I will leave you with Jane’s favorite bible verse, Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”