Here Come the New AMAs!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Seven new Associate Missionaries of the Assumption (AMAs) successfully completed their Orientation Seminar from August 13 - 17 at the Assumption Center in Worcester. Welcome and God bless you!


See them go through the paces of Orientation with their Director Michelle Sherman and the Assumption Sisters of Worcester in this video. And pray for them as you witness theirCommissioning Mass before they go off to their mission sites in Iloilo City, the Philippines; Newcastle, England; Chaparral, New Mexico; and Worcester, MA.


Now get to meet each one of them and give thanks for these generousand committed young adults who will spend this life-changing year serving God's people side by side with Assumption Sisters in the USA, the Philippines and England!


Erin Danylchuk

Missioned to Assumption Center, Worcester, MA


Hello ! My name is Erin Danylchuk, and I am from Pueblo, Colorado. I am the oldest of four children with one brother and two sisters. I recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Irish Studies.

I stumbled upon AMA when searching the Catholic Volunteer Network for a post-graduate service placement, and once I learned about their mission and service projects I knew it was the placement for me. I have found that the best and most rewarding things in life happen unexpectedly, as AMA did for me. As my year with AMA soon begins, I cannot help but wonder about the opportunities, struggles, and growth that I will experience with my fellow volunteers and AMA community. I am eager to grow spiritually and in faith, to learn with the AMA and Worcester community, and to embrace all things that come my way over the next year.


Jordyn Faron

Missioned to Assumption Center, Worcester, MA


Hello Everyone ! My name is Jordyn Faron. I am a middle child between an amazingly creative little sister named Brooke and an often wiser older sister named Alex. I have lived in the Chicagoland area my whole life, or well, until I moved away to Saint Louis, MO for college. I just recently graduated in May from Saint Louis University with a degree in nutrition and dietetics.


I came to AMA because I was in search of doing something bigger than myself. I knew from my experiences during my college years that I wanted to somehow work with three basic things nutrition, gardening, and cooking. To me these factors are vital to helping our society grow as a whole and improve not only a persons well-being, but help to make a positive change towards their entire mentality about food. The AMA program not only readily embraced my passion, but also provided me an avenue to work with these aspirations. I look forward to working with everyone involved in AMA, as well as the surrounding community, and being able to share an amazing experience with everyone. Thank you very much for letting me be part of your community and I cant wait to be able to meet you all !


Danielle Coreena Garcia

Missioned to Assumption Center, Worcester, MA


Hello ! My name is Danielle Coreena Garcia and I am from El Paso, TX. I recently graduated in December from St. Edwards University, in Austin,TX, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, studying Digital Media Management. I came upon AMA by sheer chance ! I was introduced to AMA while applying to another postgrad service program. After further research, I became fascinated with the mission AMA served. Following my application process and learning more about my service site Worcester, MA, I knew God wanted me to serve with AMA.  I hope to gain a sense of family in community living and develop friendships that last a lifetime during my time with AMA. Furthermore, during my time with AMA, I hope to continue to grow in my faith, to make a lasting difference in the community I serve, and to learn from both those whom I serve and those with whom I live.


Caitlin Goodhile

Missioned to Pendower Good Neighbor Project, Newcastle, England


Hi ! My name is Caitlin Goodhile and I could not be happier to spend my next year as an AMA ! I am from Holden, Massachusetts, a small town right next to Worcester, where I have lived my whole life. I live at home with my mom and my two younger sisters, Michaela and Shannon and my dad lives in the town next door. I just graduated from Assumption College in Worcester this past May, where I received my degree in English : Writing and Mass Communications, and a minor in elementary education.

Im happy to say that my AMA experience has come full circle. My freshman year at Assumption College I started volunteering at St. Peters Mentoring program and was matched up with a mentee whom I had until I graduated. My junior year I started debating what I wanted to do following graduation and I soon realized that a year of service was calling my name. The fall of my Senior year I started looking more closely at various programs. From my volunteering experience through SEND as well as partaking in numerous retreats sponsored by Campus Ministry, my faith life has grown tremendously. AMA immediately stuck out to me when I saw the various locations and the service work that the AMAs complete as well as their tie to faith. Words cannot express how happy and blessed I am to be able to participate in a year in Newcastle, England where I will be able to continue my journey!


Kevin Molyneux

Missioned to Casa Maria Eugenia, Chaparral, New Mexico


My name is Kevin Molyneux. I just graduated from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore with a degree in Biology/Chemistry. I did brain research at Loyola and at that National Institutes of Health, as well as teaching ESL at the Esperanza Center in Baltimore. I lucked out while at Loyola, studying abroad in Rome during the conclave that led to the election of Pope Francis, and I got to go to Epiphany Mass with Pope Benedict XVI and Easter Mass with Pope Francis ! I am originally from Philadelphia, and attended St. Josephs Prep for high school. While at the Prep, I went on a trip to Chaparral, where I got the opportunity to work with the Assumption sisters. I returned to Chaparral in the summer of 2011 as well. I was really touched by the mission of the sisters and the commitment to education and community, and became interested in being an AMA. Im hoping to go to medical school, but wanted to dedicate a year to working towards the sisters mission. I am thrilled to be serving in Chaparral for the upcoming year and look forward to working in the community !


Rachel Marie Recolcolin

Missioned to Iloilo City, the Philippines


Hello Everyone !! My name is Rachel Marie Recolcolin and I am from the town of Weymouth, Massachusetts. I am a graduate of 2013 from Stonehill College with a Bachelors Degree in International Studies. After learning about AMA through my college Career Services Office, it became my deepest interest to go out to the world and to serve ; dedicating my time through volunteer work where I would not only learn more about myself, but to listen to where God has called me to make a difference.

With my first year as an AMA in Chaparral, New Mexico coming to a close, I will be embarking on my next mission to the Philippines, the homeland of my parents. This will be another big chapter in my life and I am very excited about what God has in store for me there. I hope that with all that I have learned within my first mission I will be able share more of my gifts to many Filipinos.


Augustin Planty

Missioned to Assumption Center, Worcester, MA from August - September 2014


My name is Augustin Planty. I am 22 years old and I come from Bordeaux (South of France). Currently I am studying in Paris, for my last year of engineering school (master of science). I knew the AMAs through my aunt who is an Assumption Sister in Philadelphia (Sr. Therese Agnes). I called her because I was looking for a humanitarian mission abroad.

I think this mission will be a really great experience for me, and I hope for the other people. This mission comes at a really good moment for me, because I am in a moment where I am asking many questions about my future.

God bless you, Dear AMAs!