SPO Brings Its Talents to South Beach

Saint Paul’s Outreach has had a presence at the University of Miami for close to four years, but this coming Fall a Mission Center will officially open on the campus. Two SPO Missionaries will serve the students at the U of M, and recent Miami grad Oscar Robles will join the OH Missionaries at Ohio State. Oscar shares about his experience building the mission grounds in Miami and what he looks forward to for his days in the Midwest.

Greetings from Saint Paul’s Outreach’s newest Mission Center! The Lord is up to a mighty work down at the University of Miami where I, and the city of Miami as a whole, are humbled to have been a part of it. My name is Oscar Robles and I recently graduated this past May from the University of Miami with a degree in civil engineering. Starting this fall I will be serving with SPO as a Mission Leader at The Ohio State University and I could not be more excited!

Oscar (middle) with fellow 2013-2014 OH Mission Leaders John Packer Stevenson (TX), Terry Cahalan (PA), Alissa Serio (OH)
Oscar (middle) with fellow 2013-2014 OH Mission Leaders John Packer Stevenson (TX), Terry Cahalan (PA), Alissa Serio (OH)

Over the last four years I have been involved with SPO as a Student Missionary by attending the School of the New Evangelization and Summer Household Programs in Minnesota. I was also a student leader at the St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center, which supports the students at the University of Miami, and I was blessed to witness the Catholic Community be totally transformed during my time there.

SPO-FLO Staff 2013-2014
SPO-FLO Staff 2013-2014

I first came around the Catholic Student Center at the beginning of my sophomore year after already having my faith deepened tremendously through various SPO programs. I was on fire for my faith and wanted to help build up a Catholic community and share the good news of the gospel to my peers. Once I got to the Catholic Student Center I met the newly assigned pastor, Msg. Michael Carruthers and the newly hired campus minister, Michelle Ducker, and we realized very quickly that we all had the same vision for campus ministry. It was definitely the Lord that brought us all together, and over the next three years we labored and reached out to students, calling them on in their relationships with Christ.

I learned very quickly that as much as I thought I knew what I was doing I really didn’t. I learned how to rely on the Lord and in His plan for Miami. There is so much more to say and many stories to share about the adventure of these last four years. Specifically, I witnessed a small group that was closed in on itself be transformed. This budding community is filled with students who are on fire for the Lord and His Church and who truly desire to grow in relationship with Him and each other. It is undeniable that they desire to share the good news of Christ with their peers!

It’s an exciting time down in Miami, and to add to the excitement SPO will be sending full-time Missionaries down to Miami for the first time in order to continue the great work that the Lord is already doing. I am excited for the way the Lord will continue to work in my life as I serve in Ohio and to continue to see what the Lord is doing in Miami!  Praised be Jesus Christ!

­-submitted by Oscar Robles, Ohio State Mission Leader