Jane Falke grew up on a farm in Westphalia, Kansas, went to Ursuline Academy in Paola, Kansas, and then entered religious life. She has master's degrees in mathematics and pastoral studies. She became a member of the Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in Kentucky when the Ursuline Sisters of Paola merged with that community. She taught in grade and high schools for 24 years, served in leadership and as a parish business manager; since 2008, she has been at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, in the counseling, development and now refugee and legal services offices.

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The bread of life, daily

I stand at the counter in the lobby of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. I am the receptionist, gatekeeper, and facilitator in this ministry with refugees, immigrants, and people living in poverty.