This past New Year’s Eve, I was playing games with my family of friends, waiting for the clock to strike midnight and ring in 2015. I remember wondering about this coming year, and if anything “big” was going to happen. God was probably having quite a chuckle at that moment, because less than a month later I was in contact with Heart’s Home. From the moment I stepped through the door of Heart’s Home in Brooklyn, NY for my “Come and See Weekend”, I knew I had found the “big” thing that was happening this year.
I grew up the only child of a single mother in a small town in Kansas. My mother raised me to always put God at the center of my life, which became even more important when we joined the Catholic Church when I was 11. What a blessing it has been to be a member of the Bride of Christ, and to share in the suffering of the Cross, along with the joy of the Eucharist. I was further blessed to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville, where my faith was deepened and I embraced the charism of accepting suffering with pure joy, and reaching out to those in their suffering. Since graduating in May 2013, I have been working in Wheeling, WV with at-risk, pregnant and parenting teenagers. Working with these beautiful, troubled young women has taught me to love unconditionally, no matter the circumstances of a person’s life.
The desire to be a missionary has been on my heart for several years, beginning with my two spring break mission trips to San Diego, CA during my time at Franciscan University. I always knew there was something more that I could do, that I needed to do. Heart’s Home caught my heart, because of their mission to be a presence of compassion to people in their suffering, and their desire to make prayer and the Eucharist the center of their lives. I am very excited and humbled to be joining this beautiful mission in Guayaquil, Ecuador in September, where I will be meeting Christ in the children, the elderly, and everyone in between.
Thank you for joining me in this mission and for supporting me. Know that you are also in my prayers and that I am forever grateful for your generosity and love.