Last summer was a monumental time for Franciscan Mission Service as we launched the DC Service Corps program and welcomed our inaugural members. Since then, the program has grown tremendously, and we are encouraged by its far-reaching impact. We are blessed by the growth of the program since then and the impact it has had as we welcome our newest class of members.
During this year of direct service in Washington, DC, these young adults will gather invaluable experience and deeper insight into issues of marginalization and injustice. Through positions of direct service, Chase, Madonna, and Ali will build their foundation for a lifelong commitment to social activism and their Catholic faith.
Catholic Charities Refugee Center: Madonna Enwe serves as an employment specialist to help refugees and asylees achieve their employment goals. Madonna works directly with clients in conducting initial assessments, orientations, and job search training. Learn more about Madonna and what brought her to DC Service Corps.
The Father McKenna Center: Ali Sentmanat accompanies men and families experiencing homelessness and poverty in the DC area. Directly assisting with the daily food pantry, Ali listens, responds to, and encourages the men to engage with the case management team at the center. Learn more about Ali and what brought her to DC Service Corps.
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School: Chase Medelberg serves with the Corporate Work Study Program at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School where he helps enable under-resourced high school students to succeed in the professional workplace while preparing them for college with Christian values essential for successful, fulfilling lives. Learn more about Chase and what brought him to DC Service Corps.
DC Service Corps Members
Catholic Charities Refugee Center
Madonna was born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, and moved to the United States five years ago. She graduated from Dickinson College in May 2016 with a degree in Neuroscience and hopes to matriculate into a medical school in the future. Madonna always had a desire to take a gap year to do service after college. Fueled by her participation in a spring break Urban Plunge in D.C. and her desire to make her Catholic faith an essential part of her service, she decided to apply for the Franciscan Mission Service D.C Service Corps program. She currently works at Catholic Charities Refugee Center as the outreach specialist, assistant case manager, and an English as a second language teacher.
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School
Chase is a graduate of Baylor University and it was there that he started to feel the call to serve. A one-hour class his sophomore year that focused on poverty in his school’s town ultimately changed Chase’s life trajectory. After graduation, he sought out a service program with a Catholic identity, which ultimately led him to FMS. During his year with DC Service Corps, Chase serves with the Corporate Work Study Program at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, where he helps enable under-resourced high school students to succeed in the professional workplace while preparing them for college.
FMS Programs Associate
With a passion for service and Franciscan spirituality, Amanda Saunders joined the Nonprofit Servant Leadership program in June 2016. Having served on short-term immersion trips herself, she is excited to be working as a programs associate to support the FMS short-term trips, Discernment Days, and the formation classes for the missioners preparing to travel abroad for service. Originally from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, Amanda graduated from Neumann University, studying Theology, Psychology, and Youth Ministry within a liberal arts program.
Sarah Alexandra “Ali” Sentmanat
The Father McKenna Center
Ali is the second eldest of nine children born to a Cuban father and a Texan mother. She has seven brothers and one sister. She was homeschooled and then graduated from the Catholic University of Dallas in May 2016 with a degree in drama. Her interest in doing a year of service began in her junior year of high school. I currently volunteer full-time at The Father McKenna Center, a center for homeless men, where she runs the mail program, the computer lab, and the clothing closet.
FMS Communications Associate
Kathleen Strycula joined the Nonprofit Servant Leadership program in June 2016 after graduating from the Catholic University of America. As the graphic design associate for Franciscan Mission Service, Kathleen will be able to engage her minor in studio art as she designs and creates promotional materials and other design projects for FMS. Kathleen looks forward to the year ahead and all of its opportunities for professional and spiritual development within a community of other young adult volunteers.