2016 – 2017 Volunteers

On July 16, 2016 we commissioned these twelve generous and committed young women and men who have left the comforts of home to live and serve among the impoverished with Rostro de Cristo (RdC), The Face of Christ, in the barrios of Guayaquil, Ecuador. They will live together for a year in a contemporary Christian community inspired by the best of ancient religious life – simplicity, service, prayer, and hospitality. Please support them as they respond to God’s call to love and serve our neighbors.

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samSamuel Bailey hails from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated in the spring from Syracuse University studying Electrical Engineering with two minors in Computer Engineering and Theater. Outside of the classroom, Sam gave tours on campus, performed in musicals and led a Bible study in Cru. Sam loves writing music and writing. He started a band on campus called “Late night Jammers” where he plays piano, and he started a playwriting and screenwriting club on campus called the Script Writers Artistic Guild or SWAG. Sam joined Rostro so that he can just live in a community and be helpful to those in that community. He hopes to gain a greater love for his already love of Spanish culture and a greater heart for Jesus. To support Samuel please click here.

BeedleAlexandria Beedle, better known as Allie, is from Omaha, Nebraska. Allie recently graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas with her degree in Sociology. While at St. Mary’s, Allie was involved in the Marianist leadership program, the sports editor for The Rattler newspaper and active in civic engagement on campus. As a Rostro de Cristo volunteer, Allie hopes to learn about the power of being present to each person and living in solidarity. Read Allie’s BLOG. To support Alex please click here.

Genesis Calderon graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas and Genesisdouble-majored in English and Psychology. Her interests in understanding social justice led her to study protest speech through a linguistic lens as a research assistant in her Junior year. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and painting for friends and family. She decided to join Rostro De Cristo as a volunteer this year because she was moved by her experience as a retreatant this past spring break. Witnessing the connection that volunteers had with neighbors and to each other, in conjunction with the simple lifestyle they lead, she felt called to participate in transformative experiences similar to those seen. She hope to gain a deeper understanding of community and the face of Christ as he manifests in and through the people of Ecuador. To support Genesis please click here.

francesFrances Casey calls Colleyville, Texas home and recently graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Psychology, Theology and Religious Studies. In her free time, Frances enjoys hiking and playing ping pong. While a student at USD, Frances did a Semester at Sea, was involved in University Ministry including many retreats and immersion experiences in Tijuana, Mexico. Frances was called to join Rostro de Cristo because she is excited for the opportunity to grow in relationship with neighbors, community mates, and the opportunities for faith formation. Frances says that she has many hopes for this upcoming year, but she is also very hopeful for the unexpected experiences, lessons, and relationships that will come. Follow Frances’ BLOGTo support Frances please click here.

HaleyHaley Drier is from St. Louis, Missouri and studied Psychology at the Catholic University of America. During her time at CUA, Haley was involved in all aspects of Campus Ministry, specifically focusing on mission work. She went on two mission trips to Belize and el Paso, and also volunteered her time on various Habitat for Humanity experiences. In her free time, Haley likes to spend time with friends and family and explore new areas of her city or the world. Haley is most excited to live on community with other volunteers and hopes to stretch her faith while in Ecuador. To support Haley please click here.

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Amelia Erlandson is from Fort Wayne, Indiana andgraduated from the University of Dayton with a major in English, a minor in Spanish, and has a TESOL certification. Throughout her college career, service and community where important for Amelia. She joined the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega where she served for two years and was a pledge educator for a semester, served in Ecuador during her winter break with the University of Dayton Center for Social Concern, and lived in a Marianist Student Community with five other females who had to share in their spirituality and build community together. Amelia is very excited to live out the Mission of Rostro de Cristo in Ecuador and learn more about Ecuador and its people. To support Ameila please click here.

Cole Fiscus is originally from Colorado but spent the past four years in Spokane, COLEWashington at Gonzaga University. At Gonzaga, Cole studied Sports Management with a minor in General Business. While at Gonzaga, Cole was involved in a mentoring program, the pre-orientation service immersion program, spring break immersion experiences, leading and participating in University Ministry retreats, an A Capella group, and was a 6-time intramural sport champion! Cole enjoying singing, playing basketball and soccer, and reading in his free time. As a Rostro de Cristo volunteer, Cole is looking forward to the growth and love that comes from living in community and building formative relationships. He also hopes to see the face of Christ every day in the people of Ecuador. Follow Cole’s BLOGTo support Cole please click here.

AnthonyAnthony Fischetti is from Staten Island, New York and graduated from Manhattan College with a B.A. in History, minoring in Philosophy. Anthony was involved in the campus ambassador program of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), JustPeace, MC Players, and many others. Generally, he is interested in social justice issues and advocacy. Anthony enjoys keeping up to date on current events, reading books and historical documents. In his free time, Anthony likes to spend time with friends talking about a wide range of topics from Beyoncé to inequality to favorite TV shows. Anthony joined Rostro de Cristo after having visiting with his college on a winter-break immersion trip. He sees RdC as a serious way to learn about and live in solidarity with marginalized communities abroad. As an RdC volunteer, Anthony hopes to learn more about himself and to learn how to work towards greater global justice. Follow Anthony’s BLOG.  To support Anthony please click here.

Amy Krach studied Biology and minored in Nonprofit Management and Spanish at IndianaAmy University. Amy loves engaging with her local and campus community in service- she was involved in the Best Buddies program on her campus, joined a service fraternity where she tutored children at a shelter for women and children, and cultivating produce in a community garden at a local food bank. Amy loves all activities outdoors and engaging her creativity through acting and writing. Amy is called to service with Rostro de Cristo because she wanted to work with marginalized communities to work towards justice. Amy hopes to grow in her love for humanity and the Lord during her year of service. To support Amy please click here.

RachelRachel Nease is from Ft. Collins, Colorado and spent that past four years studying Biology and Spanish at Gonzaga University. During her time at Gonzaga University, Rachel was part of many service programs, such as; serving at a senior living facility, spearheading a theatre and sports recreational program with adults living with disabilities, and working in with homeless youth in the Spokane area. During her free time, Rachel loves to hike, paint, read, and write. She also enjoys cooking and describes herself as a competitive card player. As a Rostro de Cristo volunteer, she is grateful for the opportunity to spend a year to intentionally learn from another culture, understand herself and her spirituality more, live in an intentional community, to form relationships, and to learn to accompany and let herself be accompanied. To support Rachel please click here.

Brooke Silvas is from San Jose, California but has spent the past four years at the brookeUniversity of San Diego where she studied Spanish. As a student, she spent a semester abroad in Argentina, went on many immersion experiences to Tijuana, participated in the SEARCH Retreat, and was part of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. In her free time, Brooke loves to listen to music, dance and play soccer. As a Rostro de Cristo Volunteer, Brooke hopes to carry the stories and relationships of the Ecuadoreans to family and friends back home to change the perspectives and general stereotypes that many U.S. Americans have of Latin American people and their cultures. To support Brooke please click here.

MichealMichael Thorsen is originally from New Jersey. He graduated from the Catholic University of America with a major in Psychology with minors in Spanish, Early Childhood Education, and Theology & Religious Studies. While a student at Catholic University, Michael was involved with many Habitat for Humanity experiences, Best Buddies, Ballroom Dance, Orientation Leader, Residence Life, and the tutoring services on campus. Michael also participated in a mission trip to Belize. Michael is excited to be a Rostro de Cristo volunteer because he is drawn to building community, with his community mates and the Ecuadorean people, and living in solidarity (and speaking Spanish is a plus)! To support Michael please click here.