We are the DC Service Corps class of 2020-21! We come from all different places and backgrounds to join together in Washington DC for a year of service rooted in the Franciscan charism. Through various positions of service, we are building a foundation for a lifelong commitment to social activism and our Catholic faith.
DC Service Corps Members
USCMA Publications and Communications Associate
Airianna recently graduated from University of St. Thomas where she studied Social Work with minors in education. She is excited to apply her social work, education and interfaith background in the service for and with others as the US Catholic Mission Service Publication and Communication Associate.
Fr. Mckenna Center Volunteer
Erin is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from John Carroll University in 2019. At JCU, she majored in Human Resources Management and minored in Entrepreneurship and Peace, Justice and Human Rights. Erin is deeply committed to service and investing in human development. During her time, she hope to foster new talents while also positively contributing to the well being of each individual served with the Father McKenna Center (FMC). Erin is grateful for the opportunity to serve the DC area directly and live in community with the other incredible volunteers!
Fr. Mckenna Center Volunteer
Emily graduated from William & Mary in December 2019 with a major in Psychology. Following graduation, she continued work at William & Mary, which included her research assistant position with the Healthy Beginnings Project, a developmental psychology lab. Interested in pursuing a career social work, Emily hopes, as a member of DC Service Corps, to continue to strengthen her capacities to support people where they are and advocate for social change. She is grateful for her position at the Father McKenna Center and the opportunity to live in a faith community; service and faith have been ongoing educators in her life. With her free time, Emily enjoys running, playing pick-up basketball, and making and sending cards to family and friends.
Bekah graduated with a B.F.A. emphasizing Graphic Design from the University of Georgia. Creativity has always been a part of her, from a small Crayola-crazed toddler to a grown designer given a client brief. While the world whirls around her, she takes great faith in re-centering herself around the small, little ways that great love can show. Often inspired by the saints, she hopes to bring light to this life through community, empathy, laughter, and joy. This may include, but not be limited to, impromptu art projects, new evangelization through design, imaginative analogies, and a desire to meet others where they are at. To quote her near and dear sister, St. Therese of Lisieux, “My vocation is love.”
Fatima Godfrey is a recent sociology undergraduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She’s originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma born and raised. She enjoy trips to museums, creating art projects, walks in nature, and she loves listening to podcasts. She’s very excited for this next year of service in DC and to actively walk with the community in their joint faith journey. She is most eager to learn and practice sharing Catholic and Franciscan teaching with others through service and relationships.
Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Madeline McKissick recently graduated with highest honors from Slippery Rock University. She holds a BA in dance and a BS in professional writing. Madeline was an active leader of Rock Catholic Campus ministry as she led weekly meetings and ran social media accounts. She passionately shares the faith through writing, particularly through her blog, radiantwithjoy.blog, which encourages readers to strive for holiness and Sainthood. As the development associate for the DC Service Corps, Madeline hopes to gain experience working for a Catholic nonprofit and become an instrument of God’s love in serving others. She also looks forward to living in community and growing in faith and virtue with the DC Service Corps members.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) volunteer
Federico Exequiel Wettstein Ceretti just goes by Fede. This past May, he got his BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from Middlebury College, Vermont. Originally from Salta, Argentina, he loves soccer, mate (a South American infusion), and asado (which is like barbecue but better). He love fantasy. It doesn’t matter if it comes in the form of a book, a video game, a board game, or a movie. If there are dragons, wizards, and/or swords, he’s most likely to love it. Fede is thrilled to be part of this vibrant community and can’t wait to see what God has in store for the community living together in the future!