Katie Day is a young Regnum Christi member who stands
out in her high school for her spirit of service
and her involvement in a wide range of activities. After
being selected by a U.S. senator as the Plymouth High
School representative for an Indiana Service Leaders Summit, Katie was
interviewed for an article in the November 7, 2007 issue
of the South Bend Tribune, a local newspaper in
her home state of Indiana. The article, reprinted with permission,
She enjoys helping but doesn´t want credit
PLYMOUTH, November 7, 2007. Grabbing the headline is not something
that appeals to Katie Day.
The Plymouth High School senior has
made a lifestyle out of quiet service to others.
guilty being interviewed for this," she said with obvious candor.
"It´s community service. It´s the integrity you have when nobody
else is watching."
Katie caught the attention of one particular someone
else. U.S. Senator Evan Bayh selected Day as the Plymouth
High School representative for the fifth annual Indiana Service Leaders
Summit, held recently at Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Katie began her service
early, joining her church youth group and getting involved.
done a lot of volunteer projects," she said. "I actually
feel really bad taking credit for this.
"When I do a
project, I really don´t want it broadcast that´s what I
did. It seems wrong to do that."
Along with her church
group, Katie is active as a volunteer for Angels in
Action, Key Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and is president of
her National Honor Society chapter. The daughter of Ron and
Lori Day, of Plymouth, Katie will take her heart for
service even further after graduation.
She will take a year before
going to college and spend time with the Catholic service
organization, Regnum Christi.
"I was a co-worker for 40 days
in Atlanta over the summer," she said.
"I absolutely loved doing
it. My parents are so supportive of me. I was
surprised that they let me take a year off before
going to college, but they said if that´s what I
really need to do, then go do it.
"I go to
Michigan and they study me and based on what they
observe they determine where I will best be suited. My
dad wants me to stay in the United States, but
I´d kind of like to go overseas."She said her best
memory of service was a time in Chicago.
"We were going
door to door, encouraging people to come to Mass," she
"We spent time talking with one man; he had a
very sad story. His wife had left him and taken
his son, and he said he was going to be
at Mass that Sunday.
"When he didn´t show up, I was
really sad, so we went back to talk to him
and nobody was at his house. We left him a
long letter telling him that we loved him and hoped
to see him at Mass soon.
"On the way out, one
of his neighbors stopped us and said that after we´d
talked to him the last time, he talked to his
wife and they were getting back together and he went
to get his son."It obviously wasn´t anything I had done,
but I love that story so much."