The Grossmann Family

“Lord, we take your Great Commission seriously and long for our parish to be so vibrant that we draw people to you.”

Katie and Dalton were married at Sacred Heart Church in Sterling, IL in 2010 and quickly began our family by welcoming Lucas in February of 2011, Charlotte in March 2012, Maxine January of 2014 and Amelia in July of 2015. Over that same five year stretch our family moved three times, finally landing Bloomington in December of 2015. Katie was born and raised Catholic. Her family attended Sacred Heart Church and she was educated in the Catholic schools of the area, culminating in the receipt of a nursing degree from St. Ambrose University. Dalton was born in Virginia and lived all over the world including stops in Delaware, North Carolina, Singapore, Denver, Minneapolis and even some time in Bloomington before settling in Dixon, IL where he spent the balance of his youth and graduated high school. He graduated from Illinois State University in 2006 and now works for ADM based in Decatur, IL. Dalton was not raised in a religious family, but was so enthralled with Katie that he agreed to be married in the Catholic Church and raise their children in the Catholic faith.

It was the fall of 2015, when the time came move our young family for the third time in five years. We had pledged as the children approached school age the moving would stop so it was important to both of us that we make this count. Additionally, we wanted our children to be raised in a strong community that would allow them to flourish, forming friendships and bonds that would serve as the springboard for the rest of their lives. With all of that in mind the pressure quickly mounted to find a place we could call home. The already difficult task was complicated by juggling 4 kids 4 and under, finding a house and starting a new job. The tension was palpable and stressed our young marriage. We spent a few days looking at different area schools closer to where we decided to buy our home, but we just couldn’t find the right fit. Then, after a recommendation from Dalton’s Grandfather (a Normal native), to check in on Epiphany, we called Mike Lootens. Mike dropped everything, gave a great tour of the facilities and introduced us to Father Eric. With only a moment to chat, Father welcomed us and discussed the facilities briefly before excusing himself and uttering excitedly “on to providence” as he walked away. We left that tour feeling like we found home.

Over the the last two and half years, we have become more familiar with the community. Katie’s faith has found new energy and Dalton was moved to initiate the RCIA process. He became a member of the Church at the Easter Vigil in 2018. The children began school and they, along with their parents, are actively learning to follow Christ, while forming the life- long bonds we had been hoping for. The Epiphany community is undoubtedly a parish that is so vibrant that it brings people to the Lord and for that, we are all incredibly blessed.