UCU Summer School Volunteer Featured in Article

Thursday, December 13, 2018

[Excerpt from an article in “Our Sunday Visitor”]

Caroline Reel, a first-grade teacher from Scottsdale, Arizona, volunteered to teach English in Lviv, Ukraine, through a program called English Summer School, which served Ukrainian Catholic University students in 2017.

“After returning, I felt a deep call to bring back a team of Catholic, American missionaries to serve those in Ukraine through the same program,” she said. Ad Gentes facilitated her return in 2018, helping send 12 total missionaries to serve 250 students this past summer. The three-week immersion camp helped Ukrainian students learn English and receive an introduction to American culture, with students invited to take part in daily Mass and praise and worship.

“To learn, walk and pray with peers from Ukraine is our ministry,” Reel said. “As volunteers, we understood that this was the Lord’s mission and that the Holy Spirit would work in our lives. We chose missionaries ready to serve, willing to give and eager to live the joy of the Gospel.”

This was Reel’s first mission trip, and the support Ad Gentes offered was “monumental.” The organization’s mission house near the Franciscan University campus offered space to pray and “gather and form a community.” It also helped the Ukraine mission streamline its fundraising process and organize its donor information.

Reel is anxious to return to work with the Ukrainian students, serve the Church and “fulfill God’s plan for my life.

“The love I have can only be of the Lord,” she said. “I’ve yet to experience anything like it, and it has transformed every aspect of my life. The idea of returning to that community we’ve all worked to foster makes my heart sing. I believe this is the Lord’s work.”

Full article available HERE

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