Join Franciscan Mission Service in extending a warm welcome to the newest member of our Nonprofit Leadership Program, Event Associate Katie Rotterman!

A native of Buffalo, New York, Katie graduated in 2013 from the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university in Northeast Pennsylvania, where she majored in Theology and Women’s Studies. She comes to Franciscan Mission Service fresh off a year of service with Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries in the Hudson Valley near New York City, where she helped organize and lead retreats for different Catholic groups.

University of Scranton campus

University of Scranton campus

She heard about Franciscan Mission Service through the Catholic Volunteer Network website, and was instantly attracted to the opportunity to gain some first-hand office experience and learn more about the business side of the nonprofit world. She is also excited to delve deeper into Franciscan spirituality; despite having previously worked for Capuchins, she says that her job was so hands-on in nature and kept her so busy that she never got a chance to learn the historical and theological roots of her work.

Asked what she does in her new-found free time, Katie says with a laugh, “I’m still trying to figure that out!” She enjoys knitting and crocheting and is looking forward to picking up these hobbies again. “I’ve been working on a sweater off-and-on for two years,” she says, “and I have every intention of finishing it this year!” She is also a self-declared devotee of “Doctor Who” and enjoys indulging her “inner nerd” by watching it on Netflix.

David Tennant and Matt Smith, two of the most recent Doctor

David Tennant and Matt Smith, two of the most recent Doctors

Favorite saint: Joan of Arc. “She’s my confirmation saint. I really admire how she went against all the gendered expectations of her time.”

Fun fact: “I worked as a camp counselor for three years and have a vast knowledge of summer camp songs. My favorites are ‘The Titanic’ and ‘Princess Pat.’”