“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8
Out of the blue, I joined a mission to Florida my senior year of college. Never helped with any outreach programs or missions in my life. This mission was for beach and bar ministry: talking with the crazy “spring-breakers” in Panama City Beach looking for love in all the wrong places. 29 other missionaries and I went there to show them their dignity and worth. These partiers claimed to be having the time of their lives but all I saw when I walked in those bars was pain and loneliness. I (hopefully) helped change the lives of those around me. Without realizing it, my own life was changing at the same time. I came to realize how selfishly I had been living. On that mission, I decided to start living my life for others.
In the middle of the mission, Fr. Boric contacted me about joining some little mission for the poor he was starting in Baltimore. I was unsure at first because I had never worked with homeless people before or had any real encounters with them. In the end I agreed (obviously) and here I am starting my second year soon.
Pursuing my calling as a missionary is only possible through the spiritual and financial support of mission partners. Your investment in this mission enables our community to go out and share life with our friends on the street day after day, where we address their biggest source of suffering—isolation—in a way that nobody else can. Your support enables our program to grow, and we intend to have a community of 15-20 missionaries by August 15, 2022. These young, determined men and women will be nourished and equipped through daily opportunities for spiritual, intellectual, and human formation, and they will spend time in prayer before Christ in the Eucharist, interceding for the needs of this suffering city. Your support makes all the difference, and I want to invite you to invest in both me and my community. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to reach you and I will happily schedule a time to meet! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.