The contributors for the YBiCKC are all Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners and we are very blessed to have them. Check out their bio’s below.
Dan Lickel is a bookend Catholic. He started strong with 12 years of Catholic education, with the last 4 years in a marianist high school, and has revived his relationship with the Church and the Lord over the past several years. But between those bookends, there’s a lot of empty space. Dan has been blessed the last 25 years with a wife he feels he doesn’t deserve as well as 2 beautiful daughters. He also happens to be the YBiCKC site administrator.
Dane Kietzman is a cradle Catholic who considers himself a re-vert. Though never leaving the Church he was outside of her sacramental protection, stumbling through the world, for the greater part of his life. His flair for nostalgia and discontent with a materialistic world saw him to the spiritual precipice circa 2013. Thanks be to God, through his wife, the Holy Ghost pulled him back into the Church. A semi-traditionalist Catholic, Dane is married to his beautiful wife Frankie of 6 years, and is currently an Arborist at Ryan Lawn and Tree and a graduate student at the Augustine Institute.
Darin Shank has been contributing to the YBiC Blog since the ministry began in 2015. Growing up a self-described anti-catholic, Darin’s personal RCIA experience began a rich deep and transformative journey into the structural foundations of our faith that continues today as a member of the Sacred Heart RCIA team. Darin is a husband, father, brother, son, financial advisor, executive, graduate professor, business coach, board member, Eagle Scout, military veteran, sinner and raving fan of the Catholic faith. Through the YBiC blog Darin provides a witness to Jesus Christ from a humbled and repentant heart leveraging the diverse perspectives of his vocational responsibilities.
David Kaemmer went through RCIA and became Catholic in 2011. He is married with four children and works as a music teacher at a Catholic school. His favorite saints are St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. Some of his favorite Catholic books are the Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis, Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton, and Dante’s Divine Comedy
Erich Oberle is a lifelong Catholic and single dad trying his best to raise three daughters in the Faith (while saving for college and weddings – ack!). Just “going through the motions” describes Erich’s faith life until a life-changing retreat in 2011 ignited a passion to grow his relationship with Jesus and His Church, leading to a much needed greater involvement in Parish life and activities. Unable to sit still for more than 6 minutes at a time, Erich is always ready to engage in conversation about the Faith or Dad-hood in addition to watching K-State games. “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” Thess 5:18
Justin is a convert to the Catholic faith and entered the church in the spring of 2002. He is married with three children and works in the insurance industry. In 2011 he attended a weekend retreat which launched him on a journey to learn more about his faith. His favorite shows are EWTN and The Catholic Channel on satellite radio. When he has spare time, he also enjoys reading. If you want to know his favorite book, you will have to ask him.
Michael Coleman is 100% Irish and 400% blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. A native of Iowa, this Irish lad and his growing family moved to the Kansas City area in 2000. He has the creative streak of an Irishman and the temper as well. He enjoys playing guitar, reading Scripture, and playing golf. He pounced when asked to attend CRHP on Team 9 several years ago and has enjoyed the FIRE retreats hosted by Prince of Peace since 2015. Not so much a lad now, he’s more of a Dad these days, which he loves.
“Me and My Household”
Scott and Kelly Kmiecik were born in the 70’s and raised in Catholic homes. They met in college, married young and have been working to build their domestic church since the turn of the century. Blessed with three children and ample opportunities to grow in virtue, they also share their home with a dog, cat, chickens, and a fish that bring life to their world in abundance. In addition to living their vocations as primary teachers of the faith to their children, outside the home Kelly works in ministry and Scott in healthcare. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.