Paul and Susan Kinmartin, along with their three daughters, have lived all around the world. But for the past 17 years, Saint Elizabeth Parish has been their home. Kinmartin

Paul, the oldest of eight children, is from West Seneca, NY and Susan is from Erie, PA. They married in May 1992 at Saint Philip the Apostle Church just outside of Buffalo, NY. Paul is a partner at accounting and consulting firm Baker Tilly US, LLP, and Susan is a stay-at-home mom. The couple were heavily influenced by their upbringings and Catholic education.

Work took the couple abroad shortly after Paul and Susan married. They lived in Milan, Italy, where their daughter Rachael was born, and then in Singapore, where twins Alyssa and Elayna were born. They repatriated to Downingtown in 2005, and started attending Mass at Lionville Middle School, right before our church building was completed.

Rachael is 23 years old and graduated last year from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. She is now at the University of Pennsylvania studying to be a nurse practitioner. Alyssa and Elayna, fraternal twins, are 18 years old and seniors at Villa Maria Academy High School. They both plan to pursue nursing in college. All three Kinmartin girls attended Saint Elizabeth Parish School and Villa Maria Academy Middle School.

Stewardship has become an important part of the Kinmartin family. Paul is a lector, serves on the Pastoral and Finance Councils, and is a CYO Basketball coach for their twin daughters’ team. He has also been involved in Good Works. Susan has been an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and currently says the rosary at Saint Martha Manor with the Legion of Mary. The girls have all been altar servers as well.

“We chose to actively participate in various parish activities to give back with our God-given talents, but we also benefit from a stewardship way of life,” Paul and Susan said. “I was a lector in high school and enjoy reading the Word of the Lord to others. And, professionally I advise clients on finances, so I enjoy doing that for the parish as well,” Paul added.

“I found it rewarding and humbling to share the Body of Christ with others, and I enjoy interacting with the nursing home residents as a surrogate for my parents who were and are in a nursing home in Erie,” Susan said.

They both find the best part of offering their stewardship is the satisfaction of giving back to the spiritual life at Saint Elizabeth, plus interacting with the clergy and meeting other parishioners. “It means being part of a larger ‘family’ that has the same values we do. We’ve made many close friends through Saint Elizabeth. We cherish the pastoral relationships with the current and former parish priests,” the couple said.

The family is also very involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where Paul is on the board of the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. Susan shared that she was diagnosed with MS shortly before moving back to the United States. Paul has ridden in the annual Bike MS: City to Shore (to Ocean City, N.J.) for 16 years straight to raise money for MS research. Rachael and Alyssa have also participated in the Bike MS fundraiser. Paul is also on the board of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

We are grateful to have the Kinmartin family so actively involved in our parish!

~ Sara Richardson