SAGINAW — Carole Watters began working for the Diocese of Saginaw in 1993 as a part-time cook at the Ministries Institute. Since that time, she has taken on a supervisory role and holds the position of House Services Manager at the diocesan Center for Ministry. During her 20 year career, she served three bishops and has a long standing reputation for warmth and generous hospitality.
“Those who visit the Center for Ministry know Carole for her kindness and concern,” said the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. “For years, she has put her heart and soul into making the Center for Ministry a welcoming place. She has truly been a face of hospitality for the diocese, and what she has begun, we will continue."
Watters, who will serve in her role at the Center for Ministry through the end of May, was instrumental in designing the current Food Service Area during construction of the Center for Ministry in 1999. She manages a staff of four and works closely with the director of the Center for Ministry to host guests from across the diocese and country that frequent the center for seminars, retreats and workshops.
“I have always felt a deep sense of call to the ministry of hospitality,” Watters said. “I am greatly humbled that I have been allowed to take part in that ministry. The sacred stories that have been shared over the years have blessed me and given me abundant grace.”
In addition to her Center for Ministry role, Watters is a lay minister, commissioned in 1989. She is a trained spiritual director, member of the Diocesan Worship Committee and visits the homebound and those in the hospital through her involvement with the diocesan BeFriender Program.
“Each one of these areas has blessed and touched me in many ways, but nothing compares to the gift of being present to those who visit the Center for Ministry,” Watters said. “I will miss the center, but it will always be a part of my heart and life.”
Watters resides in Saginaw and is a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.