Title: Operations Missionary
Chapter: University of St. Thomas
Jayme Jones grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Having gone to public school her whole life, coupled with a poor attention span in early religion classes, Jayme did not have a lot of formation growing up when it came to her faith. It was during the summer before her sophomore year of high school that she first came to know the Lord. During that summer, the youth group at Jayme’s home parish went on its annual mission trip with Catholic Heart Work Camp. At the end of the week, Jayme listened to the upperclassmen recount moments throughout the week where they saw the Lord work. Something about the way that they were talking about Jesus made Jayme’s heart swell. She realized that one of the biggest differences between them and her was this passion...passion for the Lord. From that moment forward, Jayme got more and more involved in her high school youth group.
When it came time to apply to colleges, Jayme knew two things: 1) She was completely undecided about what she wanted to do in life; and 2) She wanted to stay Catholic. Eventually, Jayme decided to attend the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She knew that going to a Catholic university would offer her many chances to grow in her faith. Within the first few days after moving in, Jayme met Saint Paul’s Outreach. A simple knock on her door from two SPO women during her first day at college turned into a lifelong journey. Through various programs and events, coupled with her academic classes in Theology, Jayme received the formation that she had been longing for. However, what really changed her life was the community she found in SPO. Jayme quickly realized that there was this entire community that wanted to get to know her and (more importantly) wanted to see her grow in her relationship with God. Eventually, Jayme joined the SPO Women’s Household program her junior year, and eventually led a Household during her senior year. When it came time to decide what to do after graduation, Jayme had one motto: “All for God.”
Title: Chapter Leader
Chapter: University of St. Thomas
Joe was born and raised in Shoreview, MN. His family, having deeply adventurous spirits, moved once in Joe's lifetime: to their cabin "up north" (a 5-minute drive from their previous home), where they still reside today. In lieu of the deeply ingrained adventure-seeking bug inherited from his family, Joe followed his older brother's footsteps to attend the University of Saint Thomas, in Saint Paul, MN (a 15-minute drive). The greatest adventure, though, was the many years spent growing up in the seven-membered Masek family, of which stories are told and retold by family and friends. Have you heard about the time 7-year old Joe filled up the family van with water to make a swimming pool? Or the squirrel he trapped in that same van because he wanted a pet? Or maybe you would enjoy the one in which, while looking for frogs, Joe filled up their window well with 100 gallons of water from the outdoor hose and unbeknownst to him, sent that 100 gallons into the basement of their house? Most fortunately, Joe has learned many lessons about car and home maintenance, as well as overall common sense since those days. However, much of his faith conversion did not begin until he began to encounter Christ in college.
Spending four years pursuing a degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Catholic Studies at UST offered many opportunities for Joe to experience the Lord in a new and freeing way through thriving faith communities on campus. After returning from a semester abroad in Rome, where he got to know his now-wife Krista, he found the Saint Paul's Outreach community to be a place of healing, freedom and ever-deepening peace and joy. Burdened by the reality that this new relationship with Jesus Christ had transformed his life in so many ways, and seeing the emptiness that existed in so many others, Joe began feeling called to return to the University of Saint Thomas as a missionary with Saint Paul's Outreach to give testimony to God's mercy and love.
Joe and Krista reside in the Merriam Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, MN and while Joe is working with Saint Paul's Outreach, Krista works as a Family Advocate at Sharing and Caring Hands. They have two children.
Title: Mission Partner Development Director
Sofia grew up with many siblings in the suburban town of Kissimmee, Florida (pronounced kis-SIM-mee) where the locals are Latin and the climate is Cuban. After a very serious dabble in the performing arts in middle and high school, Sofia applied for (just) one state university. Thankfully, her generous and merciful God paved a way for that decision to bless her for the rest of her life. In the fall of 2010, Sofia entered college at the ripened age of 17 and the medically unexplainable height of 5’1” to pursue a degree in Biology & Secondary Education. (Just kidding, her parents fed her cuban coffee as an infant; we know exactly why she stopped growing!)
Amidst a wildly successful career as a professional student at Florida State University (FSU), Sofia encountered Jesus through relationships with students and staff members at the Catholic Student Union. After graduating from FSU, Sofia decided to set apart a season of her life to respond generously to God’s call to proclaim the Gospel. In the end, she attributes her gift of joy and conversion to the Lord’s relentless pursuit of her, while recognizing the vehicle He used to bring her there was the witness of the brothers of the Brotherhood of Hope and the life shared by the men and women of Saint Paul’s Outreach.
After two blessed years serving at the University of Central Florida (read: Disney World), Sofia responded generously to the call to evangelize the good people of Minnesota, and two years later, transferred to National Headquarters. With good humor, she loves generously and lives boldly for the sake of bringing the Catholic Faith Alive on Campus.