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Karen Evans, business manager at The Catholic Voice, said coming to the newspaper 10 years ago has brought her a renewed sense of faith and many lasting friendships. Photo by Jaclyn Schulte
Editor's Note: The Catholic Voice observance of Catholic Press Month continues this issue with another staff member profile. Jaclyn Schulte reports on the business side of the newspaper and the person who keeps track of the dollars and cents "“ Karen Evans.

News about the church locally and around the world is what many might first associate with a Catholic newspaper.

But there's another, less visible, but vital, part of the newspaper "“ the day-to-day operation of the paper as a business.

At The Catholic Voice, Karen Evans keeps tabs on everything business related as the business manager and marketing specialist.

She manages the finances of the newspaper "“ including billing for advertising and other special services "“ is in charge of purchasing and is involved with special event support.

'The newspaper is run like a good business with the extra bonus of faith thrown into the mix," said Evans, a St. Elizabeth Ann parishioner. 'It's a good combination."

Born and raised in Omaha, Evans attended St. Bernard School, Marian High School and Metropolitan Community College, where she graduated with a degree in accounting.

Evans has two children, Travis, 21, and Tracy, 26, who is married to Jim Inman. The Inmans have two children, making Karen Evans the proud grandmother of Katelyn, 4, and Christian, 2.

Before coming to The Catholic Voice, Evans worked at Lutheran Medical Center and Central States Insurance.

'Finding this job was divine intervention," said Evans, whose 10-year anniversary was in July. 'The position here matched my skills, offered me variety and the smaller office setting was an advantage."

But faith also was a factor. 'Finding a job that worked along with my faith was the right choice for me and I knew it right away," she said.

'Being in a Catholic work environment definitely makes you stronger in your faith," said Evans. 'Even though I went to Catholic grade school and Catholic high school, there are those days when a certain question comes up and you say "˜I never knew that.'"

Evans' involvement with the paper goes beyond Omaha, where she has had the opportunity to represent the paper at numerous Catholic Press Association conventions. 'I love being a part of a Catholic publication," said Evans. 'I have always had respect for the press in general and to meet all the people that are involved with the Catholic press is a real privilege."

Being in charge of special events, she also has traveled overseas as a pilgrim with two of The Catholic Voice pilgrimages. Her first trip was to Italy in November 2004 and her second was to France in September 2005. She exchanged her business manager hat for a photographer hat during the pilgrimage to France, and her photos of the trip were published in the Oct. 7, 2005 issue.

The pilgrimages were highlighted with many special memories. 'We were able to see Pope John Paul II in the last year of his life," she said. 'His voice sounded healthier than I had expected. That was very awe inspiring."

The trip to France started at the house of St. Therese in Paris and finished in Lourdes. 'It was an honor to be there and to bathe in the Lord's water," Evans said.

Throughout the 10 years Evans has worked at The Catholic Voice, she's seen many changes "“ from personnel to production of the paper.

With a small staff producing the paper, a team atmosphere is created and the team must work together and fill in where needed, said Evans.

One of her most rewarding parts of working at The Catholic Voice has been the relationships with co-workers. 'The people that I have worked with here have been a real blessing," Evans said.

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