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Missionary Team 2021-2022

Meet the crew that does it all – teach outdoor ed, lead retreats, clean our facilities, help prepare meals, and they give of themselves in countless other ways. They truly are the heart and soul of Annunciation Heights, and we’re abundantly grateful for their phenomenal service.  Please see the individual missionary bios below to get to know each of them better!

Kathryn Hurd

First Year Missionary

As a recent graduate from Kansas State University with a degree in Strategic Communications, Kat finds great purpose in intentional storytelling. She delights in splashing through rivers, spying on birds, journaling until her hand falls asleep, and encountering the Lord’s creation (like the Rocky Mountains
or her native Kansas prairies) alongside others.

Kat’s favorite part of Scripture:
Jacob wrestling with the angel of God (Genesis 32:23-33)

Kat’s favorite quote:
“Woman, know thyself!” -Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)

William Muraski

First Year Missionary

William is a graduate of Franciscan University and Texan at heart coming from a family of five boys. From a young age he has fostered a love for God and His wild creation along with all the adventure activities one can dream of. Hes’s been known for his long hair, beard, and bear impression, but if you sit down and get to know him, you’ll find a mean searching for the heart of the Father everyday.

Will’s favorite Bible story:
“For we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” -Acts 4:20

Will’s favorite quote:
Our world is drowning in communication, but starving for genuine communio—the union of true communion” – Michael O’Brien. 

Faith Brake

First Year Missionary

Faith is from Gaithersburg MD, just outside of DC. She is a graduate from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, where she studied Psychology. Some of her favorite things include hiking, playing any kind of musical instrument, kayaking and paddleboarding (or anything on the water), and spreading the joy of Christ! 

Faith’s favorite Bible story:
Jesus heals the woman with a hemorrhage

Faith’s favorite quote:
“There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” – Fred Rogers

Grace Muraski

First Year Missionary

Gracie is a recent grad of Franciscan University from the hills of West Virginia. If you need a karaoke partner, a running buddy, some friendly spike-ball competition, or just a long chat over pasta, she’s your gal.

Grace’s favorite Bible story:
“Blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” – Luke 1:45

Grace’s favorite quote:
“Don’t shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you others can see Him.” – C.S. Lewis

Amanda Ferlaino

First Year Missionary

Amanda is a joyful, compassionate and bubbly Jersey girl (that doesn’t pump her own gas) who really knows what it means to live life to the fullest and she gets that from the foundation that is her Catholic faith. She thrives off of spending time with Jesus in the Eucharist, basking in God’s creation in the great outdoors, and indulging in Dunkin iced coffee and all things spicy. 

Amanda’s favorite part of Scripture:
Luke 15:11 – The Parable of the Lost Son

Amanda’s favorite quote:
“The higher we go, the better we shall hear the voice of Christ.” – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Joe Trujillo

First Year Missionary

Joe is Colorado Native, born and raised in Denver, and has had a passion for the outdoors ever since he could explore them on his own two feet. Lover of good literature, coffee, and intentional relationships, Joe is greatly looking forward to serving others, sharing his faith, and growing deeper in love with the Lord this year!

Joe’s favorite Bible story:
John’s Gospel, particularly John 6 (Bread of Life Discourse) and John’s Last Supper Narratives.

Joe’s favorite quote:
“Remember this and never forget it: even if it should seem at times that everything is collapsing, nothing is collapsing at all, because God doesn’t lose battles.”
-St. Josemaria Escriva

Anna Blanchard

First Year Missionary

Anna recently finished her sophomore year at Wyoming Catholic College, and is WCC to take a year serving the Lord in the Altum Institute Program. In her free time she loves reading, board games, backpacking, rafting, fishing, and just about any other outdoor activity.

Anna’s favorite Bible story:
“In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” ~Canticle of Zechariah, Luke 1:78

Anna’s favorite quote:
“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder” ~G.K. Chesterton

Sarah Corsi

First Year Missionary

Sarah hails from Plano, Texas and has served as a summer staffer for two years running at Annunciation Heights.  She loves to be creative through her skills in photography and videography, and is so excited to be a missionary for a full year!

Sarah’s favorite Bible story:
Martha and Mary 

Sarah’s favorite quote:
“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Tim Smith

First Year Missionary

Tim was born and raised in south Denver. After high school he took a wild trip to Texas where he worked on cattle ranch, and after that he joined the marine corps and served as a rifleman. Some of his favorite things include meeting new people, telling stories, and just about anything that has to do with sports.

Tim’s favorite Bible story:
“A thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

Tim’s favorite quote:
“The future starts today, not tomorrow “ – St. JPII

Incoming Missionaries

Meet the team who will be joining the missionary program this May for Summer Camp!

Hannah Tebbe

Hannah is from Lebanon, Ohio (in between Cincinnati and Dayton). As a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a forestry major, she enjoys all things outdoors, especially hiking and canoeing. She also loves intentional conversations, listening to music, and some friendly competition in any sport.

Favorite Bible Passage:
Matthew 6:25-34- Dependence on God

Favorite Quote:
“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” -St. Therese of Lisieux

Liz Murphy

Liz is from the small town of Freedom, WI, and is in her second year of school at UW Oshkosh, in hopes of becoming a future pharmacist.  She has discerned the call to take a gap year to serve at camp, and is excited to start as a missionary this May. Some of her favorite things are hiking, coffee, and Jesus – and she can’t wait to spend the next year in the mountains! 

Favorite Bible Passage:
John 20:19-23 – Jesus Appears to the Disciples after His Resurrection

Favorite Quote:
“It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives” -JPII

Jack Staib

A native of Denver, Jack recently graduated from the University of Dallas with a Theology degree. He enjoys hiking, ultimate frisbee, puns, camping, and doing goofy things with his friends. He is very excited to serve as a missionary in the beautiful Rocky mountains this year, after serving as a summer staffer in both 2020 and 2021!
 

Favorite Bible Passage:
Parable of the Prodigal Son

Favorite Quote:
“The glory of God is man fully alive” -St. Irenaeus

John Rabaey
John braved Minnesota blizzards for 18 years before heading off to Texas to pursue a physics degree at the University of Dallas. He enjoys skiing, playing the fiddle, climbing mountains, simulating nuclear reactions, canoeing, reading Dante and Dostoyevsky, tutoring gen phys students, and eating almost anything. He looks forward to basking in the beauty of the mountains and helping others to do the same. 
 

Favorite Bible Passage:
The one where the boat almost tips over because Peter and Andrew catch so many fish by doing what Jesus tells them to.

Favorite Quote:
“Fear not, little flock, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with a purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.” (Luke 12:32-33).

Callie Gubera

Callie graduated in December 2021 from the University of Southern Indiana where she majored in both Biology and Spanish Studies while volleyballing on the USI team. You can catch her exploring Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in Creation, over a cup of coffee, in her journal, on a run, and being active in COMMUNITY!  

Favorite Bible Passage:
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Favorite Quote:
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” – Pope John Paul II

Giovany Ramirez
Gio (Giovany) is from small town Madison, Nebraska, recently graduated from Wayne State College (Wayne, Nebraska) with a degree in Communication Studies. Taking a step outside everything he has grown up with, Gio now finds himself being called to partake in the mountains with the Lord to see his beauty in ways never seen before. He enjoys going for runs, music, a good book, competing with others and just being in the moment day-by-day. 

Favorite Bible Passage:
Matthew 14: 22-33 – Jesus calls Peter to walk on the water

Favorite Quote:
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” – J. R. R. Tolkien

Ryan Witham

Ryan grew up in Pennsylvania and recently graduated from Penn State University. He is super excited to spend a year in the mountains of Colorado serving the Lord. He enjoys hiking, camping, watching wildlife, sports, and many other outdoor activities.

Favorite Bible Passage:
The story of St Paul.

Favorite Quote:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1