Welcome to MyOrthodoxFamily.com! Tell us who you are.
Katie Reetzke, I am an Orthodox convert, History Professor, mother of 3 under 6 years (soon to be 4), and Church School Director. I enjoy all crafts and gardening.
What do you most enjoy sharing? What do you feel most called to share?
I most enjoy sharing glimpses into our daily lives and how my daughters and I practice the faith, especially while not being able to attend Church in person. I feel called to encourage parents of young children that although it is hard “to train up a child” in the Faith, it will bring more joy In your relationship with them and with God.
The world of social media is complex. What do you see as difficult and as redemptive about sharing your journey in this way?
It is easy to only see the “good stuff” or to only share the few glimpses into peace and harmony amongst a family when choosing pictures online. The redemptive part perhaps is that we have much evidence that it is possible to have those moments of peace and worship at home.
What is your earliest, distinctly Orthodox memory?
Since I was baptized Orthodox in 2009, my memories are pretty clear. My first visit to an Orthodox Church was in 2007 (St John’s Orthodox Church in Nashville TN) and I remember the stark contrast between any other religious service I had ever attended. The involvement of all senses (smell, sight, sound, and touch) made the experience impress on me the holiness of a celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Truly bringing Heaven to Earth.
What do you hope will be the mark you leave on the world as you pass through it?
I pray that I will raise children who believe in the value of seeing others as images of Christ and of touching my community through Almsgiving and volunteer work to address the needs of the most vulnerable in both our Church and community.