Katie Diltz

Assistant Director of Intellectual and Professional-Ministerial Formation
322 Geddes Hall • 574-631-4953 •

I grew up north of Chicago surrounded by a large Irish-Catholic extended family. I spent many summers at a camp in northern Wisconsin, where I learned to steer a canoe, honed my ability to “mod-podge” anything, stargazed like a pro, learned silly songs and games, and developed a general love for spending time in good company while enjoying God’s creation.

I spent four years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pursuing my undergraduate degree at Marquette University. While at Marquette I kept busy leading retreats for Campus Ministry, exploring downtown Milwaukee (aka. eating cheese curds and frozen custard), working for the Office of Residence Life, and visiting the Registrar to change my major – ultimately landing on Catholic Theology and Secondary Education, with some detours through Business, Elementary Education, Communication Studies, and Math.

After graduating from Marquette, I became a member of the amazing (and infinitely humble) class of “Echo 5,” and served as a parish apprentice in the Diocese of St. Petersburg at St. Paul Catholic Church. Upon completing the program, I remained at St. Paul as the Director of High School Youth Ministry for the parish and the Middle School Religion Teacher at the school. I spent five delightful years living and working in “Sunny St. Pete,” but ultimately decided to make the move back home to the Midwest. I enjoyed a brief time as a Co-Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Viator High School before moving to South Bend in late 2013 to begin working for Echo as an Assistant Director. In August 2016 I married a South Bend native and now look forward to calling Michiana “home” for many years to come.

My own experience in Echo helped me to develop a great appreciation and love for the life of the local parish – something I never expected – and it helped me to mature personally and professionally. I love that I now get to help support the next generation of faith formation leaders.

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