Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Meet the 2015- 2016 Community!

Full of laughter, compassion, and personality, we present to you the many characters that make up the 2015-2016 Franciscan Outreach Community

2015-16 Community-Back Row (L to R): Enrique, Rob, Tim, and Dan.
Front Row: Katherine, Konny, Aileen, Stephanie K, Emily, and Katie.

Stephanie Japczyk, originally from Chicago, is serving as this year’s Community Assistant. After graduating from Marquette University, where she studied International Affairs, Spanish, and Peace Studies/Conflict Resolution, she joined the Border Servant Corps program and served as an Economic Justice Advocate in Texas. Last year, she completed a service year with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Chicago where she served as the Program Assistant at the Chicago Religious Leadership Network.

Serving at the Marquard Center we have:

Katherine Pashkevich grew up just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Auburn University in Alabama, majoring in English. Like a true southern girl, she loves SEC football and sweet tea!

In addition to serving others through her time at Franciscan Outreach, Aileen Ryan, from South Elgin, Illinois, loves writing poetry and spending time in prayer and meditation. Her faith keeps her grounded, while poetry lets her fly. Fun fact about Aileen: in her dreams she is always flying; it’s rare for her feet to ever touch the ground.

Stephanie Kuipers joins us from Lansing, Illinois. She graduated in 2013 from Valparasio University with a degree in Psychology. She is very passionate about disability rights. A fun fact about Stephanie is that she was homeschooled until junior year of high school, and then went to a small school with only 80 students total.  

Enrique Juan Paredes Gebhard is from Nuremburg, Germany. While he grew up in Germany, his father is actually from Chile! Enrique enjoys spending his time playing sports, hanging out with his friends, and maintaining his many beehives.

Katie Bauser a.k.a. Kbau$ is from Atlanta and a graduate from Georgia State University. She loves the city life and being a social butterfly. One day she hopes to travel abroad and help children in orphanages.

And at the Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph we have:

Tim Husting is from small town in the southwest of Germany. He loves sports and playing bass. In Germany, he played in a soccer club and hopes to be able to keep that up in Chicago. He is looking forward to a fun year at Franciscan Outreach!

Rob Schaumburg comes all the way from Wuppertal, Germany (the only town which transported a baby elephant in an overhead-railway and it fell down – it survived though). Making people smile even when they have no reason to is his dedication. In 2013, he spent a year in Houston, TX working with criminal juveniles and CPS kids in a second chance facility called Gulf Coast Trade Center. His hobbies are boxing and playing videogames. He is also known for his endless love for chicken, because when he feels bad, that’s his soul medicine. 

Konny Dick is from a small town near Kiel in the North of Germany. She just graduated from high school and enjoyed vaulting, a form of gymnastics on a horse. Konny also likes to hang out with friends and meet new people. That’s why she was interested in a year in a community. Also, she occasionally has a dark sense of humor that is used most often against cats.

Emily Davis is from Bowie, MD and just graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with a degree in International Studies. She enjoys basketball and words of encouragement, which is great considering she was on her University’s cheerleading team. Emily tends to fill her free time with friends and laughter. She enjoys intellectual conversation, knitting, and swimming; however, the Red Cross would warn against doing all three simultaneously. Aside from laughter and jokes, her true joy comes from her relationship with Christ and sharing him with others. She looks forward to future and the many opportunities that lie ahead; trusting in His plan.

Daniel Adrat is an eligible bachelor from New York. He received his degree in sociology from the majestic hills of St. Bonaventure University, where the friars and rowdy college students exist in perfect harmony. He loves eating and drinking unhealthy things and going to baseball games and sometimes does both at the same time. He loves to meet new people and serving is a great way to do so. His mom calls him her S-U-N.

Back Row (L to R): Konny, Stephanie K, Aileen, Katie, Emily and Katherine.
Front Row: Enrique, Tim, Dan, and Rob. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Living & Serving in the Way of St. Francis

Exciting News!!!

We published a book in collaboration with Franciscan Service Network and Franciscan Passages!  There are 4 entries from FOV alums (Mike Callahan, Hannah Pinter, Emily Ford, and Zach Buchel).  This is a powerful reflection took connecting the writings of St. Francis with the practical, lived reality of service and community life!
"Current volunteers will find in this book an invaluable tool as they reflect on their weeks, months or year of service.  Alumni of year of service programs will recall their ministry and experiences.  People considering volunteer service will read that each of us can perform extraordinary service when we volunteer as a community." -From the Introduction

There are three ways to purchase a copy: