Bringing God’s people of Magadan, Russia into a deeper relationship with Him through acts of love, service, and sacrifice.

We are a team of American college students who spend the summer evangelizing and serving our brothers and sisters in Russia. From June through July, we seek to serve our fellow brothers and sisters through acts of love, service, and sacrifice.  This is the sixth year for Magadan Mission. Magadan Mission was started in 2013 when three students at Franciscan University felt a call from God to do mission work in Russia.  They sent out an email to several Catholic priests in Russia, expressing this call they received on their hearts. Fr. Michael Shields, an American priest from the diocese of Anchorage Alaska, responded.  That summer the three students assisted Fr. Michael at his parish in Magadan, Russia. They sought to be a light in the community by bringing joy and love to those they encountered. In essence, they shared Jesus with the people of Magadan through acts of love, service, and sacrifice.


For the past five summers, the mission has continued. On mission we missionaries feed the hungry, repair homes, visit the elderly, share English, and catechize. Our primary focus, however, is to bring Jesus to God’s people of Magadan through friendship evangelization. By entering into deep friendships with those in Magadan, we bring Jesus to those we encounter, thus bringing them hope, joy, and peace.  Please pray for our mission, because prayer is the driving force and the strength of all our missionary efforts.  Secondly, we ask for any support you can give by donating through our donation tab. Thank you for your support!

You may reach us by email at: themagadanmission@gmail.com


 
 

Our Team

Liz Tkacik -  Mission Leader   Hey there! My name is Liz Tkacik, and I am a senior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University. My hometown is Portville, New York, and I have 2 younger siblings. Last summer I felt the call to go to Magadan, but the Lord called us to Alaska instead! God blessed that mission and myself abundantly through our work in Alaska. I am very humbled that He has called me to lead the team again this year, but this time to Russia. God is doing great things in Magadan and I am so glad that He has asked me to be a part of it.

Liz Tkacik - Mission Leader

Hey there! My name is Liz Tkacik, and I am a senior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University. My hometown is Portville, New York, and I have 2 younger siblings. Last summer I felt the call to go to Magadan, but the Lord called us to Alaska instead! God blessed that mission and myself abundantly through our work in Alaska. I am very humbled that He has called me to lead the team again this year, but this time to Russia. God is doing great things in Magadan and I am so glad that He has asked me to be a part of it.

Christopher Thorpe -  Mission Leader   My name is Christopher Thorpe, and I am a son of two amazing parents and brother to one beautiful little sister from Newton, Iowa. I am in my final year studying Philosophy, Theology, and Catechetics at Franciscan University, and heard a call to Magadan rather unexpectedly during the fall of my senior year of college. Before this year, I’ve spent some time doing mission in both Lima, Peru and Žakovce, Slovakia, and so I’ve been gifted with the opportunity to see how intensely God works in individual people’s lives around the world. I hope you’ll join us in Russia through your prayers. They have an unbelievable impact. God bless you and your family!

Christopher Thorpe - Mission Leader

My name is Christopher Thorpe, and I am a son of two amazing parents and brother to one beautiful little sister from Newton, Iowa. I am in my final year studying Philosophy, Theology, and Catechetics at Franciscan University, and heard a call to Magadan rather unexpectedly during the fall of my senior year of college. Before this year, I’ve spent some time doing mission in both Lima, Peru and Žakovce, Slovakia, and so I’ve been gifted with the opportunity to see how intensely God works in individual people’s lives around the world. I hope you’ll join us in Russia through your prayers. They have an unbelievable impact. God bless you and your family!

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.

Maggie Giroux  Hi! My name is Maggie Giroux. I am a senior studying Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am from a family of 9 children, and am blessed with 2 wonderful parents. I am so excited to feel the call to go on mission to Magadan, Russia, this coming summer and year, especially because it is something I never would have expected to do! I originally felt the call to go on mission to Magadan back in August of 2017, and that call never went away but, moreover, burned all the more deeply on my heart over time. After some prayer and discernment, especially throughout this past summer spent on mission in Alaska, the Lord has ravished my heart with beautiful Magadan where I will have the privilege and honor of loving and serving his people and witnessing to his love, and again, I could not be more excited! All glory be to God (Да будет вся слава Богу)!

Maggie Giroux

Hi! My name is Maggie Giroux. I am a senior studying Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am from a family of 9 children, and am blessed with 2 wonderful parents. I am so excited to feel the call to go on mission to Magadan, Russia, this coming summer and year, especially because it is something I never would have expected to do! I originally felt the call to go on mission to Magadan back in August of 2017, and that call never went away but, moreover, burned all the more deeply on my heart over time. After some prayer and discernment, especially throughout this past summer spent on mission in Alaska, the Lord has ravished my heart with beautiful Magadan where I will have the privilege and honor of loving and serving his people and witnessing to his love, and again, I could not be more excited! All glory be to God (Да будет вся слава Богу)!