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 accompanies children at Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza (CUBE), an organization providing resources , education, and counseling to children and adolescents who have experienced sexual violence. She also serves at Hogar San Jose, a home for the elderly. Her degree in Hispanic Studies and Theology is serving her well in her ministries.

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. She also takes care of Valley’s new goats, pigs, and chickens, teaching animal care to the students.

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, a Franciscan volunteer program. 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 provides adult literacy and business skills to at-risk young men who live and work at Porziuncola Farm, a nonprofit organic operation, which she also supports with her grantwriting skills, community organizing abilities, and spiritual direction background. Some of her upcoming activities include planning youth events and assisting with a community garden.  Cindy also volunteers at Missionaries of the Poor facilities for people experiencing homelessness and serious illness in the Kingston area.

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: Carmen Pampa, Bolivia
Hometown: Wellman, IA
Maggie teaches English to nursing and tourism students and helps with the girls’ soccer team. She is also involved in Mujeres Valientes, a women’s empowerment group. In addition, Maggie works closely with students in the Veterinary program, keeping records on the pigs and cleaning the barn.

Through listening the stories of our marginalized brothers and sisters, Maggie seeks to gain 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.