|Amanda Ceraldi||Allison Dethlefs||Aubrey Kimble||Erin McHugh||Janice Smullen||Catherine Sullivan|
Overseas lay missioners from Class 31 began their two-year period of service in early 2016. Amanda Ceraldi, Class 30, began serving in Guatemala in 2015 and elected to extend her service an additional year. Read more about their ministries and the path that led them to serve with Franciscan Mission Service. Donate in support of a missioner by choosing their name from the form below.
Serving in: Valle de los Angeles School, Guatemala
Hometown: Pasadena, MD
Amanda Ceraldi graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. in 2014 where she majored in Theology and minored in Peace and Justice Studies. As a Baltimore native, Amanda loves all things Baltimore and Maryland–Chesapeake Blue Crabs, the Ravens and the Orioles, Old Bay and much more. At Valley of the Angels, some of her favorite ministries include playing games with the children, taking the boys to their soccer games, and volunteering at the Guatemala City Dump. In addition, Amanda is helping to write grants for the school, co-leads spiritual formation sessions and is involved with short-term trip planning.
Serving in: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hometown: Omaha, NB
Allison empowers girls who have experienced sexual violence by engaging them in art, Zumba classes, and physical activities. She also assists with children’s health screenings through Fundación San Lucas, a rural health organization, and takes care of children on Saturdays at the Franciscan Social Center.
Allison has a wide range of interests and loves including art, dance, long-distance running, baking, literature, and languages. She graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, where she studied Spanish, studio art, and justice and peace studies. After serving and studying in Honduras, Peru, and the Dominican Republic during her university years, she chose to to dive into the new experience of long-term mission abroad.
Serving in: Carmen Pampa, Bolivia
Hometown: Zebulon, NC
Aubrey works at the children’s library and in a daycare for students’ babies. She also accompanies students in their daily and after-school activities, such as
Pastoral group, English Club, and Mujeres Valientes, a women’s empowerment group.
Aubrey’s heart lies in service, the Spanish language, and music – she has been playing the cello for 11 years. While studying economics and Spanish at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Aubrey became a Catholic and discovered her love for service through Newman Center alternative spring break trips to Philadelphia and Staten Island. Her desire to be the hands and feet of Christ among the poor motivated her serve on overseas mission.
Serving in: Valle de los Angeles, Guatemala
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Erin is teaching English to high school girls. She also tutors the younger girls and boys after school, assists with the school’s bakery program, and cheers on the children at sporting events in the local community.
Erin has a strong passion for working with children and a heart for those living in poverty. After serving in South Africa last summer with Experience Mission, Her family now lives in Cincinnati, OH. Before pursuing her calling for international mission work, Erin attended Butler University for two years. There she was involved with the Butler Catholic Community and was co-chair of the service committee.
Serving in: Kingston, Jamaica
Hometown: Julian NC
Janice’s main ministry
is offering remedial math and reading help to students in grades 3-6 at St. Aloysius School in downtown Kingston. She also serves with the local parish soup kitchen.
Janice has been granted the fruits of a family vocation and many community volunteer experiences during the past 40 years. Each experience has helped to build her faith in God’s unending and unconditional love. She has been a CCD teacher, doula, ESL instructor, retreat facilitator, and mentor to refugee families. Now, Janice is grateful for the freedom and health and the opportunity to continue service and growth overseas. She lived most recently in Greensboro, NC, and loves to garden, sew, read, hike, and do yoga.
Serving in: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Catherine helps lead Bible studies, reflections, self-confidence workshops, art and theater classes, and other activities at Manos con Libertad, an organization for women in prison and women who have recently been released from prison. She also accompanies the women preparing food for the organization’s restaurant.
Catherine is the youngest of five children raised by a sassy Italian and a historian of world religions. Thanks to them, her younger years were filled with new and interesting people from every walk of life. Forever a Belle, Catherine graduated from the all-women’s Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, with degrees in English writing and Italian (and an unofficial degree in female empowerment). Catherine has a serious passion for world travel because of the amazing people and traditions one encounters in every part of the world. She chose overseas mission to serve and learn from every person she meets.