My name is Karl Henkel and I became a Roman Catholic at the Easter Vigil in 2004. Prior to that, I had worked in Protestant churches as a music director for 6 years.

I have been the Liturgy Coordinator and Director of Sacred Music at Sacred Heart Parish since 2005. This parish is in the town that my wife and I grew up in. It is the parish we were married in. My office is the same office where I met with a priest on my journey to prepare to become a Catholic! We experience great blessings from being surrounded by family and lifelong friends.

Sacred Heart Parish is a community of devout souls striving to get to heaven. Every day, I am inspired by the selfless attitude of parishioners in their service to our parish, school and community. Sacred Heart Parish provides a wonderful extended family of support and encouragement in the spiritual life. I regularly pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with my 3rd and 5th grade teachers. In my choir is one of my youth soccer coaches whose kids I grew up with.

Our parish consists of a large Hispanic population and it is a joy to worship with them. The importance that is placed on faith and family reminds me of how I was raised and how my parents lived their Christian beliefs.

My wife and I homeschool our children. Before we had children, we hadn’t talked about homeschooling. However, as our kids approached school age, we met and became friends with a couple of homeschooling families. Their joyful example inspired us to accept the challenges that come with homeschooling.

My studies:

Interlochen Arts Academy

Nebraska Wesleyan University – B.S. in Voice Performance, Minor in French

As a Rotary International Ambassador, I lived in Lausanne, Switzerland for two years to study with Nicolai Gedda

University of Lausanne – Certificate in French

Northeast Community College – Audio Engineering

Saint John’s University – M.A. in Liturgical Music – Organ