Lessons from our mothers.
Mothers Day 2023
Fr. Mark Pranaitis, Founder of VIMS – Most of you reading this know who I am: Fr. Mark Pranaitis, the founder and executive director of VIMS. Chances are you never met my mother, Florence LeDonne Pranaitis. She went to heaven in 1985. I wasn’t yet 30 and she wasn’t yet 60. Long before we said our goodbyes, she taught me an important lesson, “The baby needs a schedule.” She was a genius when it came to working with new moms and babies. She intuitively knew what they needed and how they best would learn it. Amazing! While I don’t have children I found this lesson helpful when dealing with anyone who was new…anywhere. Everyone needs to know the schedule (church, work, school, wherever). New coworkers need to know how we do things here. Dinner guests need to know to come hungry because my mother taught me how to cook really well too! Thanks, Mom!
Bill Ebbesmeyer, Business Manager – Let me introduce myself, I am Bill Ebbesmeyer, the newest member of the VIMS administrative team and serving as Business Manager. I am also the only son of Mary Therese Hendel Ebbesmeyer, which makes me her FAVORITE son. My mom shared many lessons, stories, and love with me. One humorous lesson when I was very young was that moms always catch you if you try running away before being punished. My mother volunteered in our city and created a summer park program for the youth of the city. She organized the crafts classes, sporting activities and a show at the end of the summer. This program grew to include a Christmas pageant and Easter Egg hunt. My mom shared with me her love of music. I used my love for music professionally for 20 years as a singer/dancer. Both in the past and present I use my gift and love for music in my worship and praise.I write music and share this gift, that was nurtured by my mom at church on Sunday evenings. She still inspires me to sing and play. I am forever grateful that she is still with me at 93 years of age. Thank you, Mom, for letting me become the man I am today and believing in me.