Become a Damascus Missionary

Live a Life That Changes Lives

We’re looking for passionate and prayerful young men and women to answer the call of the Gospel by serving as a full-time Damascus Missionary. Keep reading if you think you may be called to make Christ the full measure of your life by living the adventure of your faith through radical service and Catholic communal living that will challenge you to become everything God made you to be.

Got Questions?

We’re sure you some BIG questions about becoming a full-time missionary. We know because we’ve asked them of ourselves! Watch the videos below to meet some missionaries and find out why the answered the call.

  • Missionary 1
  • Missionary 2
  • Missionary 3
  • Missionary 4
  • Mindset
  • Commitment
  • Pillars
  • Schedule
  • Support Raising

Missionary Mindset

We are Jesus-Centered.
We are Mission-Focused.
We are Joy-Filled.
We are Obedient.
We are Toilet Plungers.

Commitment

Full-time missionaries devote two years of their life to the mission of Damascus Catholic Mission Campus and the teachings of the Church through a devotion to daily prayer, sacramental life, communal living, and personal formation. Missionaries share community together, form bonds as brothers and sisters in Christ, and learn to answer the Lord’s call to life-long missionary discipleship.

Missionaries will first serve with CYSC for ten weeks during the summer months. They will then facilitate all on-site retreats at Damascus and will help develop and heighten world-class programs, dynamic youth conferences, and parish and school outreach programs throughout the duration of their missionary year.

Pillars

Prayer:
Prayer is the foundation of all Christian life. As full-time missionaries, we are called to be totally Jesus-centered to the point that our hearts, minds, words, and actions are consumed with the love of Jesus and by the love of Jesus. All of our activity flows out of our prayer life, which includes both personal and communal prayer.

Community:
Our missionary community will sharpen you. Missionaries live in men’s and women’s households that pray together, live life together, and evangelize together. Christian communal living calls you out of yourself and into radical love of others. Community members enter into year-round formation and small groups with one another.

Discipleship:
As disciples of Jesus, we are all called to disciple others. As missionaries, we desire to be witnesses to all and to journey with particular individuals to form them into the full stature of Christ. As missionaries, you will disciple small groups and individuals on retreats, in youth ministry programs, and within school outreach programs.

Outreach:
Many Christians are afraid to take a risk for Jesus. As missionaries, you will be invited to outreach in schools and parishes and will be given opportunities for evangelization and prayer ministry in public settings.

Equipping:
Missionaries will be equipped with confidence-building tools in evangelization and discipleship, will receive training in effective middle school and high school youth ministry, and will grow in greater confidence in prayer ministry. If desired, after missionary service is complete, missionaries will be provided a letter of recommendation and help transitioning into a ministry career.

Schedule

Monday: Missionary Formation, Staff Prayer, Staff Meetings, and Role-Specific Meetings

Tuesday: House Prayer, Household Chores, School Outreach, and Appointed Evangelization

Wednesday-Friday: Three-Day Outdoor School Facilitation

Friday-Sunday: Confirmation Retreat, Hosting Retreats, and Youth Group Assistance

  • We will not have a retreat Wednesday-Sunday every week. Missionaries will be given time for personal support raising, recreation, and house/team time on our non-retreat days.
  • During non-retreat days, communal praise and worship, Eucharistic Adoration, and daily Mass are all commonplace within our ministry.

Support Raising

A Full-Time Missionary invites others to partner with them in the mission, raising funds to cover a full mission-year (June-May; this replaces the Missionary Support Raising expected of summer missionaries). Gifts, made to Damascus, provide for missionary compensation, food, lodging, utilities, and a ministry-related gas/food expense stipend.

Damascus Missionaries are invited to raise personal support at one of three levels:

  • Raise $5,000 and receive $200/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $7,500 and receive $350/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $10,000 and receive $500/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $15,000 and receive $750/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $20,000 and receive $1,000/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $25,000 and receive $1,500/month for personal expenses

Missionaries may be eligible for increased support raising opportunities in subsequent years of service.

Damascus will support fundraising efforts in the following ways:

  • Provide Personal Support Raising Training
  • Provide Standard Support Raising Materials
  • Provide Tax ID (all gifts may be tax deductible for your support team)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the year of service?

The mission year begins with fundraising in May. In June, all missionaries arrive at Damascus, located in Centerburg, Ohio, and start their time on mission with ten weeks of service at Catholic Youth Summer Camp. After CYSC, full-time missionaries will begin training to facilitate the retreats and the outdoor school that take place at Damascus.

Do I have to fundraise?

Yes. Each missionary is asked to raise support in order to cover their cost of living for the year. Gifts, made to Damascus, provide for for missionary compensation, food, lodging, utilities, conference fees, travel costs, ministry-related gas/food expenses, and other outreach opportunities throughout the year.  The missionaries will go through an intensive support raising bootcamp, using the “God Ask” method, at the beginning of March.

How much do I need to fundraise?

The fundraising goals are based off of the missionaries’ financial needs. The goal is to raise between $5,000-$12,500. Our team will give you the materials and the methods to confidently reach full support.

How many full-time missionaries are accepted?

Our goal is to have a team of at least twenty full-time missionaries, ideally equally divided amongst men and women.

Where do I live?

Full-time missionaries live on site in men’s and women’s households.

What is the age range for prospective missionaries?

Missionaries must graduate high school by Spring 2018 in order to apply for the full-time missionary program.

Other questions?

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Dan Dematte at dan@cysc.com or call our full-time missionaries Sheila McMahon at: (216) 904-6363 or Samuel Jones at: (937) 564-3240.

“I came into this camp not wanting to do this, but I know how much I want to be a confirmed Catholic now.”

8th Grade Student, Father

“Students in this class became connected at the beginning of the school year through the experiential activities and, as a result, we have seen a decrease in bullying and in increase in self-respect and respect towards others."

Freshman Teacher

“This retreat had a profound effect on my son! I’m so excited to watch his faith grow.”

Parent of Participant, Camper Mother

Apply Today!

Applications for new missionaries open on November 1, 2018 and close January 1, 2019.
Click the button below to fill out a simple form to kickstart the process now!

Leaning more towards being a Catholic Youth Summer Camp  missionary?
Click here to learn more.