Corbly to lead OLOG outreach

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ICU nurse leaves career to work for her church

by Barbara Lengers/Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Christine Corbly of Indian Land recently left her five-year job at Piedmont Medical Center as an ICU nurse to lead the evangelization team at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.
Corbly, who graduated from Auburn University, worked at the University of Kentucky as a research analyst for 15 years. She became interested in medical mission work and attended school on nights and weekends to pursue a nursing career.
Corbly and her husband, Brett, moved to Indian Land four years ago to be closer to family.
About a year and a half ago, she saw an article in Carolina Gateway that said there was a Catholic church right down the street.
“What? I didn’t know that was there,” Corbly told her husband. “Let’s check it out!”
As Corbly became more involved at Our Lady of Grace, she began to envision how to integrate her passion for helping others know and understand their Catholic faith, while offering programs that benefit the community.
“I just have a heart for providing for the works of mercy,” Corbly said.
What does she mean by “works of mercy?” The corporal (physical) works of mercy include feeding the hungry and thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. The spiritual works in-clude counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing sinners, comforting the afflicted, forgiving offenses, bearing wrongs patiently, and praying for the living and the dead.
Corbly enthusiastically accepted the position as director of evangelization. She has made a dynamic addition to the staff, and says she would love to see a medical center open to serve the under-privileged in Lancaster County.
“We are so grateful that Christine has entered into full-time ministry at the parish,” said Father Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace. “She brings an energetic faith and a remarkable skill set for organization and evangelization.”
Corbly is sharing her vision of reaching out to neighbors in need with church members and staff.
The church already has many opportunities to meet the needs of the community through charitable tithes.
Our Lady of Grace will also soon join the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless (LACH).
The church also provides rides to people who need help getting to church, visits prisons, and offers bereavement support.
The  Women’s Group sponsors an angel tree every December that provides gifts for the Lancaster Children’s Home and the Children’s Attention Home.
To learn how you can help the community, call (803) 283-4969.