Mission Statement

By drawing close to Christ, the Alaska Mission team is devoted to sharing His light, peace and joy to every person they encounter with a focus on intentional relational ministry with youth and young adults. Our mission is to love with the heart of Christ.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12

I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. - John 17:14-18

About the Mission

Alaska Mission invites you to serve the northern-most Catholic mission diocese in our country! In June 2018, a group of young men and women began a new type of lay missionary work in relational ministry to young adults within the Fairbanks Diocese for an entire year.  Their ministry spans the cultures and ages found within the Diocese to include both adult and youth formation with Alaskan Natives and non-natives who call this Diocese home. Through ongoing spiritual formation within the diocese and intellectual formation through partnership and training with the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University, the team of missionaries strives to aid the church in Alaska with catechesis for the youth and young adults.

 

Join the Team

Spend a year in Fairbanks, Alaska

While this year’s team will be heading back to their out-of-state homes in May, Melody Doudna, mission founder and team leader, is already beginning to recruit a new set of 4 missionaries for the following year. “I am looking for a team of 4 young adults on fire for their faith and willing to answer Christ’s call to be His hands and feet and heart to His children here at the very ends of the earth. If you are a young man or woman considering what God wants for your life for the next year, and you think this might be for you, please give me a call!”

Email: alaskan.missionaries@gmail.com

Phone: 907-712-4829

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now accepting Applications

 

OUR TEAM

Miranda Siler     Hi, my name is Miranda Siler. I am a senior education major at Franciscan University with a concentration in early childhood and special education. I grew up in a Catholic family on a small farm in West Virginia. My family raises goats, chickens, and owns a horse. I love living in the country from the fresh air to the green forests and open fields. I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. There is nothing better than climbing to the top of a mountain and relishing in a beautiful view that showcases the creativity of God! I love to try new things and have an adventurous spirit. This is one reason I knew that Alaska mission was for me.    From the first time I heard about Alaska Mission, I felt God calling me to be a part of it. I have a passion for learning and growing in the Catholic faith. Every new discovery brings me so much excitement and joy. I hope to share this joy with the people of Alaska. I feel that what I have learned as an education major at Franciscan University has given me the skills necessary to best teach the Catholic faith in a uniquely personal way. However, I know that these people will teach me just as much -if not more- than I will teach them. I know that God has called me to this mission not only to help others grow closer to Him but to also help me grow into the person He has created me to be. I cannot wait to begin this life changing journey!

Miranda Siler

Hi, my name is Miranda Siler. I am a senior education major at Franciscan University with a concentration in early childhood and special education. I grew up in a Catholic family on a small farm in West Virginia. My family raises goats, chickens, and owns a horse. I love living in the country from the fresh air to the green forests and open fields. I enjoy hiking and being outdoors.
There is nothing better than climbing to the top of a mountain and relishing in a beautiful view that showcases the creativity of God! I love to try new things and have an adventurous spirit. This is one reason I knew that Alaska mission was for me.

From the first time I heard about Alaska Mission, I felt God calling me to be a part of it. I have a passion for learning and growing in the Catholic faith. Every new discovery brings me so much excitement and joy. I hope to share this joy with the people of Alaska. I feel that what I have learned as an education major at Franciscan University has given me the skills necessary to best teach the Catholic faith in a uniquely personal way. However, I know that these people will teach me just as much -if not more- than I will teach them. I know that God has called me to this mission not only to help others grow closer to Him but to also help me grow into the person He has created me to be. I cannot wait to begin this life changing journey!

Melody Doudna    My name is Melody Doudna. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and have a passion for evangelizing and spreading the love of Christ wherever I am. Some of my missionary experiences have been in the Ohio Valley and Austria through my studies at Franciscan University. Additionally, I spent the summer of 2017 in Far East Russia.    While working in Russia, I saw so much hurt in the broken families I encountered. I learned to pray daily for each person: “Come Holy Spirit, fill their hearts with the Father’s Love.” Prayer is the backbone of this new mission trip to Alaska, because when we offer all to God, we are doing more with His help than we could ever dream of doing on our own. When I received God’s call for me to return to my home state of Alaska for mission work, I realized the truth that it is God’s Mission that I am being called to join. His mission, not mine. A true missionary will go anywhere and accept anything that Our Lord asks of him or her because God can see the whole picture and I can’t. It is a very humbling truth, but it is also very freeing. I have experienced the most personal freedom in being able to give everything over to Him.    I invite you to join me either in person or through prayer or financial support to follow the Lord to Alaska and help me be a witness of Christian joy there!

Melody Doudna

My name is Melody Doudna. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and have a passion for evangelizing and spreading the love of Christ wherever I am. Some of my missionary experiences have been in the Ohio Valley and Austria through my studies at Franciscan University. Additionally, I spent the summer of 2017 in Far East Russia.

While working in Russia, I saw so much hurt in the broken families I encountered. I learned to pray daily for each person: “Come Holy Spirit, fill their hearts with the Father’s Love.” Prayer is the backbone of this new mission trip to Alaska, because when we offer all to God, we are doing more with His help than we could ever dream of doing on our own. When I received God’s call for me to return to my home state of Alaska for mission work, I realized the truth that it is God’s Mission that I am being called to join. His mission, not mine. A true missionary will go anywhere and accept anything that Our Lord asks of him or her because God can see the whole picture and I can’t. It is a very humbling truth, but it is also very freeing. I have experienced the most personal freedom in being able to give everything over to Him.

I invite you to join me either in person or through prayer or financial support to follow the Lord to Alaska and help me be a witness of Christian joy there!

Liz Bunnell    Hello! My name is Liz Bunnell and I am a recent graduate of Franciscan University with a degree in Communication Arts and a minor in Psychology. I am from Savage, Minnesota and am currently working as the Marketing and Communications Specialist for The Labouré Society.    From the first moment that I heard about Alaska Mission, God was working in my heart and a great desire to serve had sparked. I have always believed that every person who follows Christ should be living their life as a missionary - no matter where they are - and I strive to be that missionary in my everyday life. Through volunteering at various youth group events, God has given me a great love for relational ministry. In this next year I know that God is asking me to commit myself to this ministry in a deeper way. The Lord has always greatly touched and healed my heart through music. I hope to bring the healing He offers to those in Alaska through the music He has placed in me. I am super excited and thankful for this opportunity to live out Alaska Mission! Your prayers and support are what will keep this mission alive and I am so grateful. May God bless you!

Liz Bunnell

Hello! My name is Liz Bunnell and I am a recent graduate of Franciscan University with a degree in Communication Arts and a minor in Psychology. I am from Savage, Minnesota and am currently working as the Marketing and Communications Specialist for The Labouré Society.

From the first moment that I heard about Alaska Mission, God was working in my heart and a great desire to serve had sparked. I have always believed that every person who follows Christ should be living their life as a missionary - no matter where they are - and I strive to be that missionary in my everyday life. Through volunteering at various youth group events, God has given me a great love for relational ministry. In this next year I know that God is asking me to commit myself to this ministry in a deeper way. The Lord has always greatly touched and healed my heart through music. I hope to bring the healing He offers to those in Alaska through the music He has placed in me. I am super excited and thankful for this opportunity to live out Alaska Mission! Your prayers and support are what will keep this mission alive and I am so grateful. May God bless you!

Jacob Child    Hello. My name is Jacob Child. I am originally from Byron Center, MI. I am currently a sophomore at The University of Alabama studying mechanical engineering. I have been Catholic my whole life and went to Catholic school K-12, but only recently took my faith super seriously. I encountered the FOCUS missionaries at UA and they encouraged me to grow in my faith. At the FOCUS conference last year, I heard many great speakers and had powerful experiences of prayer. After the conference, I continued to invest in my faith and grow closer to the Lord. Since then I joined the retreat team, started a men’s discernment group, and led a group that has tables in the student center. I also recently had the opportunity to go on a FOCUS mission trip to Prague, Czech Republic. This was an amazing and eye-opening experience. The Czech Republic is one of the most atheistic countries in the world and needs people to spread love within it. We encountered homeless people and gave them clothes and food, led Bible studies for middle school and high school students, and went to a gypsy community -a population that is heavily discriminated against. This trip placed a fire in my heart for mission work, so I decided to join the Alaska mission. I have always wanted to spend a summer in Alaska, and I could not think of a better way to spend it than by spreading God’s word and mercy. Please pray for this mission and also consider joining us as we serve in this amazing way!

Jacob Child

Hello. My name is Jacob Child. I am originally from Byron Center, MI. I am currently a sophomore at The University of Alabama studying mechanical engineering. I have been Catholic my whole life and went to Catholic school K-12, but only recently took my faith super seriously. I encountered the FOCUS missionaries at UA and they encouraged me to grow in my faith. At the FOCUS conference last year, I heard many great speakers and had powerful experiences of prayer. After the conference, I continued to invest in my faith and grow closer to the Lord. Since then I joined the retreat team, started a men’s discernment group, and led a group that has tables in the student center. I also recently had the opportunity to go on a FOCUS mission trip to Prague, Czech Republic. This was an amazing and eye-opening experience. The Czech Republic is one of the most atheistic countries in the world and needs people to spread love within it. We encountered homeless people and gave them clothes and food, led Bible studies for middle school and high school students, and went to a gypsy community -a population that is heavily discriminated against. This trip placed a fire in my heart for mission work, so I decided to join the Alaska mission. I have always wanted to spend a summer in Alaska, and I could not think of a better way to spend it than by spreading God’s word and mercy. Please pray for this mission and also consider joining us as we serve in this amazing way!

Toni Schlangen    Hello. My name is Toni Schlangen and I am from a small farm in Richmond, Minnesota. I recently graduated from Franciscan University with a degree in business management. While being at Franciscan, my faith in God flourished and my desire for missionary work grew exponentially. I have been a Totus Tuus missionary the last three summers and have traveled from parish to parish teaching youth about God. This last summer doing Totus Tuus, it seemed like everyone was either going to Alaska or coming from Alaska. I had multiple friends ask me if I had considered doing missionary work in Alaska. After more serious discernment, I decided to do a novena to St. Therese. On the last day of the novena, I received a letter in the mail, addressed to my grandparents who have died. This letter was from Fairbanks Alaska and had a large image of St. Therese and her flowers on the envelop. It also read, “Kindly respond today...Let us remember you during our Novena to St. Therese, the Patroness of the Alaska Missions.” After this, everything concerning the mission has fallen into place. I am very excited to spend the year doing missionary work. I have been praying with the image of bringing light to the darkness which is fitting as I’ve heard Alaska’s nights are long during the winter. I look forward to what God is calling me to in Alaska. Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Toni Schlangen

Hello. My name is Toni Schlangen and I am from a small farm in Richmond, Minnesota. I recently graduated from Franciscan University with a degree in business management. While being at Franciscan, my faith in God flourished and my desire for missionary work grew exponentially. I have been a Totus Tuus missionary the last three summers and have traveled from parish to parish teaching youth about God. This last summer doing Totus Tuus, it seemed like everyone was either going to Alaska or coming from Alaska. I had multiple friends ask me if I had considered doing missionary work in Alaska. After more serious discernment, I decided to do a novena to St. Therese. On the last day of the novena, I received a letter in the mail, addressed to my grandparents who have died. This letter was from Fairbanks Alaska and had a large image of St. Therese and her flowers on the envelop. It also read, “Kindly respond today...Let us remember you during our Novena to St. Therese, the Patroness of the Alaska Missions.” After this, everything concerning the mission has fallen into place. I am very excited to spend the year doing missionary work. I have been praying with the image of bringing light to the darkness which is fitting as I’ve heard Alaska’s nights are long during the winter. I look forward to what God is calling me to in Alaska. Thank you for all your prayers and support.


 

On November 30, 2017,  the Most Reverend Chad W. Zielinski endorsed the missionary intentions of Melody Doudna.  

 
“I AM EXCITED THAT A “HOME-GROWN” YOUNG ADULT HAS TAKEN THE INITIATIVE TO APPROACH OUR DIOCESE TO ASSIST US IN OUR MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES. I HAVE A GREAT DESIRE TO SEE HER SUCCEED. YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND PRAYERS WILL MAKE THAT A REALITY.”
— Bishop Chad W. Zielinski

Join the Team

Spend a year in Fairbanks Alaska

Alaska Mission is still looking for new members to join us in this fruitful service. If you would like to know more about this mission contact Melody Doudna.

Email: alaskan.missionaries@gmail.com

Phone: 907-712-4829

In-Kind Donations

Fairbanks Cars and Lodging

Alaska Mission is looking for reliable transportation in the form of multiple donated vehicles so that we can travel to remote communities to train future catechists. We are also looking for lodging for the year or part of the year.

Financial Goal 

$70,000

Alaska Mission is fundraising 70,000 dollars for their work in Alaska. This team will be spending a year in Fairbanks, Alaska, to bring catechesis and youth adult ministry to areas starving for priests and missionaries. Please prayerfully consider donating to this mission.