Betty Scheetz has taken up the challenge to start and change careers at different stages of her life.She started out as a registered nurse and followed her husband on his military assignments with a short stay at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois, a year in San Jose, California and three years in Germany. Upon their return to the states with two young sons, Betty gave up her nursing career to be a mother. When the children reached school age, Betty started her own interior design business, incorporating her children into the business as a way to teach them about responsibility, economics, and dealing with people. When her children were older, she enrolled in the Catholic Biblical School of the Archdiocese of Denver (CBS) and completed the four year intense scripture program, followed by two years of Biblical Foundations and seven graduate courses in Scripture study at CBS
At their last son’s college graduation, out of Betty’s mouth flew, “Now it is my turn.” Surprised at these words, Betty would like to say that she spent a few years in discernment, but instead she took a path similar to Jonah until she finally answered the ever-present call. Betty followed her husband and sons footsteps and graduated from Regis University in 2001, where she received the Excellence in Communication Award and was admitted into the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society.
She has written articles for New Theology Review and stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her writing is religious in nature with elements of her own life woven in. She leads women’s retreats and Bible Studies.
Incorporated in her Christian path, is a need to give of time, talent and money. Besides her own parish, Saint John XXIII , her special interests lie in several organizations. In her community she helps to support Catholic Community Services of Northern Colorado, Project Self-Sufficiency, and others. She has helped raise funds to build Saint John African Missions (SJAM), Madonna Hospital in Umuahia, Nigeria, West Africa and Nazareth Home for God’s Children in Sang Village, Ghana, West Africa.
Betty traveled with her husband and several others from her parish to Nigeria for the opening of the first floor of the hospital as a clinic. Recently, she and her husband, along with their parish priest, Father Rocco Porter, hosted a fund-raising campaign to complete the upper floor of the hospital where the poor can receive the medical help they desperately need without charge.
She has also traveled to the Holy Land for research on a new book soon to be published.