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Newest Class From Oldest Lay Mission Organizations

5/22/2012 - 11:26 AM PST

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Lay Mission-Helpers Association
Mission Doctors Association
Elise Frederick, MDA Executive Director
3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1940
Los Angeles, CA 90010 /
(213) 368-1875 / Fax: (213) 368-1871

Newest Class From Oldest Lay Mission Organizations
Single women, married couples, and families are commissioned in Los Angeles for three-year mission assignments to Africa.

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 22, 2012) - Lay Mission-Helpers (LMH) and Mission Doctors Association (MDA) commissioned 10 new lay missionaries for service in Cameroon, Kenya and Tanzania at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Sunday. Msgr. Anthony Brouwers founded LMH and MDA in Los Angeles in 1955 and 1959. This newest class, from the oldest lay mission sending organizations in the nation, included an engineer, teachers, administrators, ministry professional, physicians and their children. Coming from Southern California and across the country, these individuals, couples and families prepared for four months with classes in scripture, mission theology, cross cultural issues, Catholic social teaching and more.

Receiving rings inscribed with the organization's motto 'For we are God's Helpers', each adult made a solemn promise to serve God's people in the country to which they were assigned. The children received medals of the patron saints of the mission, St. Teresa Lisieux for the girls and for the boys, St. Francis Xavier.

2012 Class of Lay Mission-Helpers from San Bernardino Diocese are Jan Donohue and the Newburn Family. Jan is a widow and mother of 7 adult children with a degree in Early Childhood Education who will serve as a teacher in Kenya. Pete and Joy Newburn and their children Joshua (10), Jessica (7) and Emily (6) will serve in Cameroon. Pete has a Doctorate in Theology from Catholic University and will teach at the Major Seminary. Joy has an MA in Clinical Psychology and will work in a Diocesan Ministry Office. Kathleen Mathews is from AZ, a mother of 4 adult children, has a degree in Political Science and will serve as an Administrative Assistant in Kenya. Justin and Lauren Linck came from Oklahoma to join the formation program in January and will both be serving as teachers in Tanzania. Lauren has a degree in Religious Studies and Justin's degree is in Aerospace Engineering.

For Mission Doctors Association, Chris and Maya Powers and their children Joshua (11), Madison (8) and Caroline (5) were commissioned for St. Benedict Hospital in Tanzania. Chris is a Pulmonologist and Maya is a Pediatrician from South Carolina. Also assigned to St. Benedict's are Enrique and Carolina Wulff, parents of one adult son. Enrique is a Neurologist and Carolina is a Teacher, originally from Venezuela and most recently from Florida.

To learn more about the Lay Mission-Helpers Association, visit the web site: To learn more about Mission Doctors Association, visit . These web sites include links to blogs of these and other lay missionaries.

Lay Mission-Helpers and Mission Doctors Associations, founded in 1955 and 1959 by Msgr. Anthony Brouwers, assist Catholic professionals and their families in their desire to serve in mission. Since that time, lay missionaries have served in 36 countries around the world providing more than 2000 years of service to the Church ad gentes.


Mission Doctors Association  CA, 90010 US
Elise  Frederick - Executive Director,  213-368-1872


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