Bishop Richard Pates announced today that Alex Kautzky has been named the new executive director of the St. Thomas More Center, home of Catholic Youth Camp, effective Monday, Sept. 17.
Kautzky has been involved with the St. Thomas More Center, at Lake Panorama, for the past four years. She served as an intern in early 2014 organizing CYC retreats and then joined the staff later that year as program director. She became the director of camps and retreats in January, 2017. She has been responsible for all CYC programming, hiring and management of staff, volunteer recruitment and camper management. She has developed faith programs involving both communal and individual prayer opportunities for worship and prayer.
Prior to coming to the St. Thomas More Center, Kautzky served as coordinator of the faith formation program at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale, and served on the staff of Legendary Lodge, the Diocese of Helena’s summer youth camp. Kautzky graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and holds a bachelor’s degree in theology with minors in philosophy and sociology.
“Each time I have visited the St. Thomas More Center I have been impressed with the energy Alex brings to the camp along with her organizational skills and understanding of our faith,” said Bishop Richard Pates. “She knows the center well, understands its needs and has the full support of the advisory board to help CYC grow and the center to be used more fully for retreats and gatherings.”
More than 1,400 young people from across the diocese are enjoying a week at camp this year.