Mission Center: Kansas City
Chapter: Benedictine College
Mary hails from Lenexa, Kansas where she grew up as the second of five children. From a young age, she was fortunate to see the teamwork dynamic of an interfaith marriage with a Catholic mother and a Muslim father. At the end of high school, she attended a retreat where a teacher encouraged the students to make specific goals for their spiritual life in college. She penned some holiness goals and took them to Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in the fall of 2012 as she began her college career with eventual hopes of admission into veterinary school.
In 2013, Mary was overjoyed to learn that SPO was sending missionaries to JCCC! SPO’s culture continually struck her because of each person’s intimate relationship with Jesus, creativity in planning fun events, and the culture of honoring one another. Quickly she discovered a new way of life and support in achieving the goals she made on that retreat a few years before. Mary continued to focus on veterinary school as she transferred to Kansas State University (KSU) and studied Animal Science. Her fondest memories from KSU include going on hikes with friends, delivering newborn lambs, and serving on her Newman Center’s leadership team. As graduation neared, she felt a deep desire to invite students into an intentional and communal way of life with the vibrant community she found in SPO.
Mary said “Yes!” to the Lord’s invitation to serve on staff with SPO because throughout her college career she constantly saw college students not being loved well and she loves the way SPO successfully addresses this need. Some of Mary’s passions include living life barefoot, listening to Persian music, swing dancing, and participating in deep and meaningful conversations with people. Mary’s enthusiasm for traveling recently took her from Hawaii to Japan and through central Europe. But now she’s incredibly excited to travel just an hour to Atchison, Kansas where the Lord has chosen for her to serve!
“I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
Title: Chapter Leader
Mission Center: Kansas
Chapter: Benedictine College
Catie Destatte was born and raised in good 'ol Holy Toledo, Ohio. She has four younger siblings and a whole LOT of family to always keep her entertained and on her toes. Catie graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in May 2016 with degrees in Theology and Catechetics. Her life was radically transformed by the community and formation she found at Franciscan. During her four years there, she came to know Jesus as a person who loved her and came to find within herself a deep love for Him and for His Church. She fell in love with college ministry during her stint on Franciscan's Women's Ministry team. Though she loves teens and always thought she'd want to work with them, her true passion is walking with college students on their journey to the Lord. She was resistant to the Lord's call to SPO at first, but once she finally overcame her tendency to stubbornness, she realized just how perfect God's plan is in calling her to this mission.
Catie loves the outdoors even though she hates bugs, and loves to go camping, biking, swimming, kayaking, and hiking in the sun in order to improve her chacos tan line. She also enjoys playing guitar, exploring new places, discussing the catechetical implications of every movie, song, and book she encounters, all things Harry Potter, eating peanut butter m&ms, snuggling every baby and small child she can, and her morning tea + rosary routine. Her go-to fun fact is that she spent four months studying abroad in Austria and was able to be present at the canonization of her best friend, St. John Paul II. She regularly refers to Our Lady as "Mama" or "Mom", and considers her to be the biggest influence and most important person in her life besides Jesus. She's delighted to be back for her second year on mission at the University of St. Thomas as she continues to fall in love with Minnesota, even though the winters still make her a bit nervous!
Patrick is driven by a desire to share the transformative message of the gospel with the next generation of leaders - our college students. After attending a week of Catholic Youth Summer Camp as an eighth grader, Patrick began to experience the powerful love of the Father and a deepening relationship with the Lord. From this foundation a call to the missionary life grew.
After high school, Patrick discerned the priesthood for three years in minor seminary. From there, he spent a gap year as a Missionary with NET Ministries, and finally became involved with Saint Paul's Outreach as a college senior. After his graduation, he served as a Mission Leader for SPO at the Ohio State University and Ohio Dominican University for two years, and as the Director of Operations for the Ohio Mission Center for one year.
Now, Patrick serves as the Male Chapter Leader for Benedictine College and oversees the Mission Leaders serving at Benedictine. His vision is to lead his staff to experience transformation in Christ as they proclaim the Gospel to the students of Benedictine.