Meet Catherine England
Catherine England was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated with Bachelor's degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2012. Her first trip to Romania was in April 2011, during her semester studying abroad in Austria. It was during her first interaction with the children at an orphanage that she knew she would have to one day go back to Romania. She moved to the small farming town of Turţ, Romania in August 2012. She spends most of her days helping out at the same orphanage where she first visited, but she also works for a pretty cool priest doing whatever he needs her to do - everything from cooking to unloading firewood off of horse-drawn carts in the rain. She loves every minute of what she does and there is nothing else she'd rather be doing with her life. She loves doing awesome things!
The Mission In Romania
"Evangelize through Love" (Evanghelizare prin Iubire) is a mission in Romania focused on being an extra set of hands in a small Greek Catholic parish, helping out at an orphanage, and ministering to the local youth. The mission is mostly relational ministry and evangelizing to those we encounter through love and witnessing to Christ in our everyday lives. The scar of Communism still remains on the hearts of the people and the mission wants to bring healing and hope to the youth, for they are the future of their country.
Pope Paul VI emphasized the importance of witnessing when he said, “For the Church, the first means of evangelization is the witness of an authentically Christian life, given over to God in a communion that nothing should destroy and at the same time given to one's neighbor with limitless zeal. As we said recently to a group of lay people, ‘Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses (Evangelli Nuntiandi, 41).’”
In addition to the ongoing mission in Romania, Catherine is also assisting with on a special project: Building a new orphanage.
Romania Orphanage Project
The current orphanage for the Evangelize Through Love Mission currently cares for 46 children with room for only 40, not to mention the many more children needing a place to stay. Fr. Remus Ghiran and Catherine England have begun the long and grueling process of expanding the current operations. The first step: Building a new orphanage! Below you can browse the mission statement and blue prints. If you would like more information, please contact Missions of Hope missionary, Catherine England at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our mission is to restore hope to some of the most broken and disadvantaged in Romania: orphaned children. Each child will be loved unconditionally each and every day as Christ loves them. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." (Matthew 19:14). Children will be taken care of physically, but especially emotionally and spiritually. Our vision is that the children will be cared for, protected, and loved. These children are the future of Romania and will be raised to be good and productive members of society and the next generation of leaders of Romania.