Volunteer Missionary Year

I first became interested in missionary work with the Saint John Society after attending the GO-FISH retreat hosted by the Newman Center at Oregon State University. Over that weekend I saw the work of evangelization first hand and fell in love with it. 

Later in the year I was invited to a retreat called Alpha. This is where I encountered Christ and heard a calling from God to serve him as a missionary. During this retreat I came to the realization that my faith was weak and when I saw such great joy in the priests and missionaries, I wanted that for myself. 

Seeing how Christ has worked in my life through campus ministry, I now have a strong desire to evangelize people and spread the teachings of Jesus Christ. 

To start this mission, I am to be fully funded and pledged before I start. Starting date is August 24, 2020.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis and the inability to physically fund raise, we are permitted to continue to fund raise in this manner throughout the year until we are fully funded. 

To express my gratitude for your donation, I will carry your name with me in prayer on every mission I am on and throughout the rest of my life for giving me the opportunity to serve others.


Any amount will be helpful. If you are unable to help fund me, please pass my link on. Your support is so important to me, and I especially ask for you to support me in prayer during this Missionary year. 

And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Eph 6: 19-20


The Volunteer Missionary Program through the Newman Center is a 10 month service commitment for recent college grads and young adults focused on deep formation in the faith through prayer, intentional community, and ministry service. The volunteer missionaries abstain from dating and working in order to fully commit all of their time for personal sanctity and the mission of evangelization. 

The Volunteers are responsible for assisting the evangelization by running faith formation programs, retreats, and events provided for the students of Oregon State University. They also mentor students one on one to help them deepen in their spiritual life and act as house fathers and mothers for the Newman Households program (Catholic student housing). 

Each Volunteer lives out a vow of poverty, and as such commits to fundraising their living expenses for the duration of the year.

Since I will be spending this missionary year concentrating my time and energy on the volunteer ministry, all donations will be used for retreats, rent, utilities, groceries and travel. Any amount past my goal will be used towards students to attend retreats, with no cost to them, at the Newman Center - Oregon State University.

By doing this missionary year, not only will it benefit me in personal growth in my faith and promote the New Evangelization, but it will also help the students involved with the Newman Center on campus to encounter Christ.

For more information on the Saint John’s Society and The Newman Center at Oregon State University, please see links below.

Saint John Society

The Saint John Society is a Society of Apostolic Life dedicated to the New Evangelization. This Society was founded in Buenos Aires in 1990 by a group of missionary men who are convinced that Christ and the new life that He offers is the most profound, transformative factor in a person's life. For this reason they have dedicated their whole lives to serve the poor and college students. In Oregon, the Saint John Society, alongside their sister order - the Society of Mary, runs the Catholic Newman Centers at Oregon State University and Portland State University.


Oregon State Newman

The Newman Center is the Catholic campus ministry at Oregon State University. All its energies are dedicated to the evangelization of students. We reach out on campus, form at the Newman Center, and then send off into the world. Winning the university for Christ is our goal, consequently forming the next generation of leaders. All we do is synthesized in our motto: “STUDENTS FOR CHRIST, CHRISTIANS FOR THE WORLD." 



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