Anna Klonowski   Misty Menis-Kyler   Cindy Mizes   Maggie Van Roekel

 

Overseas lay missioners from Class 32 began their two-year period of service in early 2017. Read more about their ministries and the path that led them to serve with Franciscan Mission Service. Support a missioner by choosing their name from the form below.

Anna Klonowski

Serving in: Cochabamba, Bolivia            
Hometown: Rice Lake, WI

Anna serves at Hogar San José, a home for the elderly. There, she often visits with the women residents and helps serve lunch. While the staff at San José are experienced at providing compassionate nursing care, limited resources make it difficult for staff to spend extended time with residents, many of whom have no family to visit them. In response, Anna practices the ministry of presence as she incorporates intentional conversation into her visits with the women.

Long-term overseas mission is a natural extension of the ideals and interests that direct Anna’s life. At the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, she connected her deep faith with her enthusiasm for social justice and women’s leadership while studying theology, Hispanic studies, and global business leadership. Anna fell even more in love with the Spanish language and Latin American culture during a semester in Xela, Guatemala. Her call to care for creation revolves around a desire to preserve the world for those who are marginalized, as well as for future generations.

Read about Anna’s service in her blog posts or lend your support using the form below.

Misty Menis-Kyler

Serving in: Valle de los Angeles, Guatemala 
Hometown: Rochester, IN

Misty teaches English and assists with spiritual formation at Valley of the Angels. She works directly with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls and boys who come from unhealthy backgrounds.

Misty’s participation in volunteer experiences and service trips during college deepened her desire to live among and serve impoverished communities. She then spent two years teaching at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana, with Cap Corps Midwest. In alignment with her Franciscan spirit, Misty’s path led her to overseas mission to accompany those who are marginalized, uncared for, and forgotten. Misty studied pastoral leadership at Marian University.

Read about Misty’s service in her blog posts or lend your support using the form below.

Cindy Mizes

Serving in: Kingston, Jamaica
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX

Cindy is a teaching assistant at St.Francis Primary School to two primary grade teachers. Through this ministry she helps the students who are behind or struggle with language arts and math. Cindy also accompanies women from Stella Maris and ministers to about 50 inmates at Fort August Women’s prison in Kingston. In addition, Cindy partners with fellow missioner Tim Shelgren to bake bread and share it with individuals living on the streets of Kingston.

Anchored in the knowledge that all life is sacred and a gift, Cindy is passionate about protecting this gift and advocating for each and every person’s right to life. After a long career in human resources with the Federal government, a trip to Nepal to assist with earthquake relief aid deepened her desire to help others in greater need, serve Christ, and share her life experience and God-given gifts. Cindy most recently lived in Colorado.

Read about  Cindy’s service in her blog posts or lend your support using the form below.

Maggie Van Roekel

Serving in: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hometown: Wellman, IA

Maggie helps out at Centro Atendi, a center which provides services to children who have disabilities and who come from families with lower economic resources. There, she assists with lunch and recreation, which includes reading, arts and crafts, and games. . Maggie also serves at Comunidad Terapeútica Puntiti, a home for young adults who have intellectual disabilities.

Through listening the stories of our marginalized brothers and sisters, Maggie continually seeks new perspectives on joy and hope across different backgrounds. Her passion for disability social justice grew out of numerous experiences working with individuals with disabilities, including three summers at an Easter Seals camp. Maggie studied health science at the University of Iowa.

Read about Maggie’s service in her blog posts or lend your support using the form below.