Missionary Disciple 2021
John Paul - Missionary Disciple
From the heart of the Midwest (Omaha, Nebraska), I grew up the second eldest of a strong Catholic family of thirteen. My family has been the foundation for my faith and is the origin of my evangelizing mission: to exemplify my Catholic faith for my younger siblings. I moved to California to continue following Christ’s call to evangelize by developing the Missionary Disciple Program at Santiago Retreat Center. I am hopeful for the program’s future and enthusiastic to expand the retreat center’s facilities, services, and outreach, while growing in my faith and evangelizing in this age of spiritual need.
At Santiago Retreat Center, I help to run retreats such as Quo Vadis, Blossom FIAT, and young adult groups, either as a counselor, organizer, cook, or maintenance worker. I also maintain our beautiful property and serve at altar in daily Mass. Team projects are an important part of the Santiago Missionary Disciple Program, and I’m eager to move from the designing to building stage of the altar project on top of Santiago’s Mount Zion.