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   CROSSING THE     

BERING STRAIT

A CALL TO DEEPER TRUST FOR THE MAGADAN MISSION

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

-Proverbs 3:5-6

Greetings from the 2018 Magadan Mission Team!  We want to inform you of some recent developments concerning our upcoming mission this summer.
Fr. Michael has been asked by his bishop to take a sabbatical year for health reasons to ensure that he can continue to serve in Magadan for the years to come.  The policy of Magadan Mission has always been that, if the situation in Russia ever became unsafe, we would not go.  This would be the case without Fr. Michael’s presence. Because of this, the Magadan Mission will be unable to serve in Magadan during the summer of 2018.
Although this news has been difficult, the Lord has shown this is His plan for us. Although going to Magadan is out of the question, Fr. Michael has proposed that we spend the summer in his home archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska.  Such a proposition would ensure that the heart of this mission would not change.
What is the heart of Magadan Mission?  It is assisting Fr. Michael to serve the community of Magadan through joyful witness and friendship evangelization.  The Magadan Mission has always sought to serve Father and those to whom he ministers. Although Father will not be in Magadan this year, the mission will still minister to him and the community of Magadan by serving the archdiocese which supports Father’s work. For years the Anchorage Archdiocese has been spiritually and financially supporting Fr. Michael’s work in Magadan. This mission to Anchorage will be a way to give back to the people that have supported the people of Magadan for so long.
By serving in Anchorage, we will bring a greater awareness to the work Fr. Michael does in Magadan.  From this awareness will flow a greater support for the mission, both through monetary donations and intercessory prayer.  In addition to this, we hope to inspire future missionaries from Anchorage to help Fr. Michael during future summers.  In this way our service in Anchorage will help those in Magadan. Doing all of these things will keep Magadan Mission, Fr. Michael’s mission, alive and well.  For this reason, we are calling the mission this summer “Magadan Mission in Anchorage.”
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for us as we make this time of transition from “Magadan Mission in Russia,” to “Magadan Mission in Anchorage.”  We trust that this is our Lord’s mission, and he will make clear what steps we need to take to serve him this summer with Fr. Michael.  Please know that you will continue to be in our prayers and that we are extremely grateful for the support you have given us thus far.
- The 2018 Magadan Mission Team

 
 
We at Ad Gentes Mission are so excited to see how the Lord is calling the Magadan Mission on to a deeper trust by serving in new places and new ways. At this time, the Magadan Mission Team’s move from Magadan to Anchorage is considered only temporary.

Provided that Fr. Michael is in good health, we hope to have missionaries in Magadan for the summer of 2019.

The Magadan Mission has always striven for surrender to God’s will and I am so moved by this team’s sense of radical abandonment.
— Kaitlin Maloney: Ad Gentes Program Director, Magadan Mission 2016-17

Our Team

Joseph Young -  Mission Leader   Hello! My name is Joseph Young and I am a Junior at Franciscan University studying Humanities, Catechetics, and Theology. I currently live in Steubenville, Ohio, and have seven siblings. Last summer I had the privilege of serving in the little town of Magadan, Russia. It was the most impactful summer of my life. Among other things, I dove deeper in my understanding of Christ's universal call to mission, served and loved in an extraordinary way, and grew in intimacy with Jesus Christ. Last year, the Lord really touched my heart and the hearts of those we served, and I’m excited to see what he has in store for us all this year.

Joseph Young - Mission Leader

Hello! My name is Joseph Young and I am a Junior at Franciscan University studying Humanities, Catechetics, and Theology. I currently live in Steubenville, Ohio, and have seven siblings. Last summer I had the privilege of serving in the little town of Magadan, Russia. It was the most impactful summer of my life. Among other things, I dove deeper in my understanding of Christ's universal call to mission, served and loved in an extraordinary way, and grew in intimacy with Jesus Christ. Last year, the Lord really touched my heart and the hearts of those we served, and I’m excited to see what he has in store for us all this year.

Liz Tkacik -  Mission Leader   Hey there! My name is Liz Tkacik, and I am a junior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University. My hometown is Portville, New York, and I have 2 younger siblings. Last semester, I had the blessing of living in Europe for 4 months with our study abroad program in Gaming, Austria. The Lord called be to a deeper intimacy with Him there, and I am so excited that this is where He is calling me next! I have been on 2 mission trips (to Arizona and Ireland) previously, and have been very blessed by these experiences. I look forward to witnessing to His love through the everyday life we will live there, and I pray that I will be a docile instrument for the spreading of His Kingdom.

Liz Tkacik - Mission Leader

Hey there! My name is Liz Tkacik, and I am a junior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University. My hometown is Portville, New York, and I have 2 younger siblings. Last semester, I had the blessing of living in Europe for 4 months with our study abroad program in Gaming, Austria. The Lord called be to a deeper intimacy with Him there, and I am so excited that this is where He is calling me next! I have been on 2 mission trips (to Arizona and Ireland) previously, and have been very blessed by these experiences. I look forward to witnessing to His love through the everyday life we will live there, and I pray that I will be a docile instrument for the spreading of His Kingdom.

tephen Haggard  Hello! My name is Stephen Haggard and I am currently in my last year of studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville. I will graduate in May – God-willing! – with a Bachelor’s in Theology and Philosophy. I grew up in an Air Force family with an interesting mix of personalities from deep-south Georgia and the country of Ireland. I have been incredibly blessed to help with missions and retreat ministries around the United States and Europe over the past five years – from the party culture beaches of Panama City Beach, Florida to El Camino de Santiago in Spain and Lourdes, France. I am especially looking forward to crossing paths with the people of Anchorage, Alaska as God has clearly given me a divine appointment with them next summer.

tephen Haggard

Hello! My name is Stephen Haggard and I am currently in my last year of studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville. I will graduate in May – God-willing! – with a Bachelor’s in Theology and Philosophy. I grew up in an Air Force family with an interesting mix of personalities from deep-south Georgia and the country of Ireland. I have been incredibly blessed to help with missions and retreat ministries around the United States and Europe over the past five years – from the party culture beaches of Panama City Beach, Florida to El Camino de Santiago in Spain and Lourdes, France. I am especially looking forward to crossing paths with the people of Anchorage, Alaska as God has clearly given me a divine appointment with them next summer.

Steven Posato  My name is Steven and I am from Massachusetts. About six months after I graduated high school, I joined the Army and was enlisted as an active duty soldier for five years. I was deployed to Iraq for fourteen and a half months and Afghanistan for three months. I was eventually medically discharged. After the Army life, I went back home and lived with my mother for several months. During this time, I had a massive conversion and brought God back into my life. I was accepted to Franciscan University where I am currently a student. I decided to go on this mission because God made it clear for me to do so. I figured, if God is calling me to this mission, then something amazing must be in store.

Steven Posato

My name is Steven and I am from Massachusetts. About six months after I graduated high school, I joined the Army and was enlisted as an active duty soldier for five years. I was deployed to Iraq for fourteen and a half months and Afghanistan for three months. I was eventually medically discharged. After the Army life, I went back home and lived with my mother for several months. During this time, I had a massive conversion and brought God back into my life. I was accepted to Franciscan University where I am currently a student. I decided to go on this mission because God made it clear for me to do so. I figured, if God is calling me to this mission, then something amazing must be in store.

Lisa Nguyen  My name is Lisa Nguyen and I am a third grade teacher in Southern California. I graduated from Franciscan University last year and spent last summer here in Magadan. It was such a beautiful gift to be able to encounter so many people who challenged me to love more deeply simply by their lives. All those I met are still very much in my heart and in my prayers. I am excited to be called to serve the Lord under Father Michael again. Christ makes all things new, so I look forward  to meeting and making new friends in Christ.

Lisa Nguyen

My name is Lisa Nguyen and I am a third grade teacher in Southern California. I graduated from Franciscan University last year and spent last summer here in Magadan. It was such a beautiful gift to be able to encounter so many people who challenged me to love more deeply simply by their lives. All those I met are still very much in my heart and in my prayers. I am excited to be called to serve the Lord under Father Michael again. Christ makes all things new, so I look forward  to meeting and making new friends in Christ.

Maggie Giroux  Hi, My name is Maggie! I am a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University. I am so excited to feel the call to go on mission this coming summer, especially because it is something I never would have expected to desire to do! I think I was mostly struck, by the beautiful simplicity and yet radicalness of serving on this mission, and I couldn't shake the thought of going. I prayed about it for some weeks and here I am today, preparing to spend my summer of 2018 there and to know and love God's beautiful people!

Maggie Giroux

Hi, My name is Maggie! I am a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University. I am so excited to feel the call to go on mission this coming summer, especially because it is something I never would have expected to desire to do! I think I was mostly struck, by the beautiful simplicity and yet radicalness of serving on this mission, and I couldn't shake the thought of going. I prayed about it for some weeks and here I am today, preparing to spend my summer of 2018 there and to know and love God's beautiful people!