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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Kane County Catholics to see Pope Francis at Capitol

Sep 22, 2015
In The News

Kane County Chronicle

When Pope Francis’s visit to the United States is telecast on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Batavia resident Millie Lober, 79, will be there.

Lober was among 50 people who won tickets in a drawing to see the pope offered by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano. U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, also offered tickets to his constituents.

“I’m speechless,” Lober said. “I am. I am so excited. I’m a lifelong Catholic. And when I heard the pope was 78, I thought, ‘Oh he’s not old.’ ”

Lober attends Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Aurora. Lober will stay with her daughter, who lives in Pittsburgh, and will take time off work to take her to see the pope.

“I feel that I’ve really been blessed by God to join others, thousands of people, who will be watching on TV with the pope,” Lober said. “It’s an opportunity to express all of our sincere belief in the church and God. And Pope Francis is expressing to us the need for us to change our lives.”

Lober said she also will be in line to see the papal parade scheduled Wednesday along the Ellipse and the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Also going will be Sherry Miksa of Big Rock, who worships at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Sugar Grove.

She has been staying with her extended family in Virginia, she said.

“I’m just very excited,” Miksa, 72, said. “My grandson asked how long I’ve been Catholic. I was born a Catholic and will die a Catholic. I’ve always loved it and learning about Jesus. And to see the head of the church here on Earth, and that chain has gone from my Lord Jesus, who appointed St. Peter to be the head of the church to Francis.”

Miksa said this is a historic event, and she is glad to share it with her daughter-in-law, as she does when they participate in the March for Life in January.

“I’m so grateful I’m able to be part of this,” Miksa said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”