Kyle Eilenfeldt

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Kyle Mark Eilenfeldt
Front Office Manager | July, 2013 – Present

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hometown: Born in Chicago, Illinois; raised in Dallas, Texas

Other Places Lived: An American Nomad, having lived also in Omaha, Milwaukee, Boston, Philadelphia, and Indiana

Academic & Professional Background:

  • BA in English Literature from Creighton University
  • MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College

Describe a typical day in the life of the Front Office Manager:
Facilitating the Morning Hospitality in various capacities, working the desk in the afternoons meeting with guests, as well as doing behind the scenes work on programs.

What is your favorite part of your job at Saint André Bessette Catholic Church?
The little acts of gratitude that staff, volunteers, and guests show to one another each and every day.

Now for some easy starter questions…

Favorite Book:
Mother Night, by Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Quote:
“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.” -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

Favorite Place in Portland:
Oregon Historical Society

Okay, now for some tougher questions…

What is the most inspirational place you have ever been and why?
Coole Park, Ireland. So calming and an affirmation of my love for literature.

What 3 things would you bring if you were going to be stranded on a deserted island?
A hammock, a mirror, and a shovel.

If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Start a non-profit urban organic farm.

Do you collect anything? If so, what?
Baseball bobbleheads. Most prized: former Cy Young Winner Justin Verlander in his high school uniform.

What are the top three things on your “Bucket List” for life?
Visit every U.S. state (currently at 42!), attend a World Cup match and a game at every North American baseball stadium, including the minors.

And just for laughs and pondering…

Do you think Elvis is really dead?
No. He’s alive and well in every soul that appreciates good music.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would play you?
Topher Grace.

What was the best thing before sliced bread?
Sliced buffalo.

And finally, before we conclude…

What was the most profound spiritual moment of your life?
Recognizing grace as I took care of orphans in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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