“My prayer for Christmas is that the REAL reason for the season takes ahold of our hearts and grows us more in God’s unabounding love.” 

– Michael Redell, FMS lay mission class 27

Kitzi and Michael at their commissioning. Photo by Gerald Martineau.

It is because of God’s love that Michael and fellow missioner Kitzi Hendricks have been called by name to serve in Bolivia and love the people there.

At their commissioning Mass on the second Sunday of Advent, Michael and Kitzi proclaimed their intentions to follow Christ and to serve with open minds, compassionate hearts, loving hands and peaceful spirit as they walk with the people of Cochabamba.

The wonderful community of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Arlington, VA, where Michael and Kitzi have attended since they arrived in DC, accepted our missioner’s commitment and extended a blessing in return.

We were also excited to see familiar faces from the Assisi Community, the Society of African Missions and our board of directors in the pews and at the reception. The support of compassionate individuals, other Franciscans and mission-sending organizations means so much as our missioners prepare to bring the light of Christ to others through their loving presence.

Please pray for Michael and Kitzi as they begin their mission. To financially support them, please give a tax-free gift today.