Haley was born and raised in Merrill, WI where she attends St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. After serving as a Totus Tuus leader for the Diocese of Superior during the summer of 2017, she has been passionate about bringing others into a closer relationship with Christ. On a regular day, you can usually find Haley geocaching, hiking, looking at pictures of wiener dogs, eating ice cream, or hanging out with her pal St. Pope John Paul II. Haley is currently enjoying the simple life as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point while striving to be the patron saint of wearing Chacos.
Elise is a 21 year-old saint hopeful. She grew up in Gordon, WI and went to Northwood School. Elise was a Totus Tuus Missionary in the Diocese of Superior the summers of 2016 and 2017. She went to college at UW La-Crosse for two years and then took a gap year to be a missionary with NET Ministries. Now she lives in Helena, MT. Elise enjoys being active in any way she can, especially by playing basketball. You may have heard rumors that she has a mean rap game. Those rumors are true. Elise also maintains an impressive repertoire of cow jokes. She’s pretty good at riddles too. She’s mediocre at kazoo. Facts and talents aside, Elise is a daughter of God with a missionary heart that has been set ablaze by the love of the Lord.
Grace was a part of the 2014 Totus Tuus team and has been working as an administrative assistant for the Diocese of Superior since May 2016. She is excited about working for the diocese in the areas of education and formation and about assisting others in their ministry. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, books, watching movies with friends, fishing, taking walks, baking, spending time with family, and pretty much anything related to the Lord of the Rings. It is impossible for her to decide on her favorite saint, but St. Catherine of Siena, St. Dominic, St. Philomena, and St. John Paul II are all close contenders for the title. Grace lives with her husband, Daniel in Bruce WI.
Kayla is a senior at Benedictine College studying International Studies and Political Science. She grew up in Cumberland, WI and loves being a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. One of Kayla’s favorite summers was spent serving as a Totus Tuus teacher for the Diocese of Superior, where she met some crazy cool folks. A fun fact about Kayla is that she has a hankering for travel. She has visited Peru, Spain, and England, all of which she adored. If she had the chance to visit all the countries in the world, she would do it! While Kayla is not busy getting lost in foreign places, she enjoys canoeing, hiking, skiing, running, spending time with friends, and eating ice cream. Worshiping through song is one of Kayla’s favorite ways to pray. She frequently asks for the intercession of her pals St. Teresa of the Andes and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.
Kevin is a 19 year old kid from Cumberland, WI. He is just finishing up his freshman year of college. He is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Dobie, best known for their church dinners and vibrant community. He enjoys working with the “Men in Aprons” to serve the enormous crowds that migrate to these dinners. Kevin is also an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fishing as well as hunting various critters. One of his finest talents is cooking and creating delectables in the kitchen. He often asks for intercession from St. Peter and St. Andrew, the patron saints of fishermen.
CJ is a Minnesotan in Wisconsin territory. She fell in love with the Diocese of Superior after serving as a Totus Tuus missionary but hasn’t moved there yet. She currently lives in Winona, MN so she’s right across the river. In order, her favorite things are: God, Mama Mary, friends, and books. A crazy fact about CJ is that she is the oldest of 10 children and is very much a mom friend. Her Saint Squad includes St. Michael the Archangel, St. Dymphna, St. JP2, and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
Emily is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception in New Richmond, WI, where she was not born but raised. She developed a love for the Diocese of Superior and an ever-deepening devotion to our Blessed Mother after serving as a Totus Tuus missionary during the summer of 2018. During her spare time, she enjoys adventuring in God’s beautiful creation, birdwatching, reading historical-fiction, and illustrating portraits of her pets. Additionally, Emily is a zealous collector of quilts and is a proud Czech. Although she is mildly allergic to felines, she still snuggles her cat immediately upon every homecoming. She frequently calls upon the intercession of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux (her Confirmation saint). Emily’s prayer is for all to experience the fullness of truth, goodness, and beauty in the Catholic Faith.
Andrew grew up in Hudson, WI with his parents and three older siblings. He is currently a senior in the nursing program at UW-Eau Claire. He was a Totus Tuus teacher for the Diocese of Superior in 2017, and it was the best summer of his life. Andrew has consecrated himself to Christ through the our Mother Mary, whom he calls upon daily for help. Andrew’s favorite saints are St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Christopher (his Confirmation saint). His favorite smells are campfires, freshly baked bread, and vanilla. In his free time, he enjoys reading, drawing, and doing CrossFit. Although his last name is pronounced “cry,” most people agree that he is a soft-spoken person.
Br. Nathan was raised in Cumberland, WI where he attended his home parish of St. Anthony the Abbot. Before entering the Capuchins, he served in the Diocese of Superior as a Totus Tuus missionary. Br. Nathan is a simply professed friar in the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. He is currently studying philosophy at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In his free time, Br. Nathan enjoys reading, hiking, and practicing the organ. Although he has many “favorite” saints, St. Francis of Assisi and Bl. Solanus Casey are at the top of the list.
Sean is studying to be a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis and is entering his senior year in minor seminary. He is studying philosophy, Catholic studies, and psychology. He was a NET Ministries missionary when he graduated high school for a year, entering seminary after that. He was a Totus Tuus team member for the Diocese of Superior two years ago, and he fell in love with the diocese. His favorite saints are St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. He has many interests including smoking his pipe, wandering through the woods, listening to folk/classical/Disney/many other kinds of music, and crushing his opponents in Settlers of Catan.
Bryn is currently a student at Winona State University studying Elementary Education with Middle Level Math. From Rice Lake, she has been raised in Our Lady of Lourdes parish and active at Dobie through music ministry (playing flute/piano and singing in the choir). In the Diocese of Superior, Bryn had a blast teaching kiddos the love of the Lord as a Totus Tuus missionary during the summer of 2016, has led a few retreats and small-group Bible studies, and gave a women’s talk or two. You’ll usually find Bryn near (or in) any body of water, hear her talking about her obsession with Africa, or witness her pure joy and constant excitement about life through conversation or music. A few fun facts: she recently won a rock climbing competition, has visited two approved Marian apparition sites (Our Lady of Kibeho in Rwanda, Africa and Our Lady of Good Help in Green Bay, WI), and has spread the Gospel to young students in over 10 cities (in 3 different countries, including Rwanda and the Czech Republic)!
Isaiah is a seminarian for the Diocese of Superior, studying Pre-Theology II at St. Francis de Sales Seminary near Milwaukee. Although he grew up in Minnesota, he is now a registered member at St. William’s Catholic Church in Foxboro (just south of Superior). He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) in May, 2018 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Theology, and Catechetics. He was a member of the Totus Tuus team in the Diocese of Superior during the summers of 2015 and 2017. His favorite daily devotions are to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and to His mother, Our Lady of Sorrows.
Mariah is currently a university student studying English and secondary education. After graduating from High School, she spent two years working for NET Ministries (National Evangelization Teams). She enjoys reading, writing, being barefoot, and wishing she were super outdoorsy. Mariah loves to pray near any body of water, in a chapel where Jesus is present in the Eucharist, or barefoot on pretty much any (clean) kitchen floor. She has a special devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe as well as to Jesus the Good Shepherd.
Erich is from the massive metropolitan area of Merrill, WI and served as a Totus Tuus team member in the summer of 2016. He currently works at St. Francis Xavier school in Merrill as a Spanish teacher and 4K teacher’s aide (this is not a joke). He enjoys coaching high school and middle school soccer, playing most sports from basketball to ping pong, making dance videos that involve large wildlife, and deep belly laughing. His favorite saints are St. John Vianney, Pope St. John Paul II, and St. Teresa of Kolkata. He also really enjoys listening to Bishop Robert Barron’s podcast: the Word on Fire Show. Erich is pumped to be part of the Superior Disciple project that will provide an opportunity for youth to grow in their faith, that will connect the diocese, and that will help him grow in his own faith. Peace be wich’ y’all!!
Sarah hails from the parish of Divine Mercy in Faribault, MN. After graduating from Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic high school in her hometown, she became a Totus Tuus missionary in the Diocese of Superior. She loved seeing the beauty of northern Wisconsin and encountering a variety of people and parishes. After that, she spent two years serving as a missionary with NET Ministries. During her first year, she traveled the country from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic, to the Gulf of Mexico, and to the Pacific. She put on over 120 retreats for teens in grades 6-12 from Maine to Texas to California. Her team of 11 lived the gospel radically by being completely dependant on the generosity of parishioners for places to sleep and for food to eat. During her second year, she was stationed at a Catholic mega-parish with over 30,000 registered parishioners. There, she led weekly Confirmation small groups and helped plan youth group nights each week. She also met with teens for coffee to talk about their own personal faith journeys and encouraged them to pray daily. She now attends school at the fantastic Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and is studying to become a middle school theology teacher. She is involved with a group of students who live out the gospel in communities on mission. She is a huge fan of Scripture, the Sacraments, family, and road trips. She can often be spotted around campus balancing things on her head, loves to praise the Lord, and works in the school district as a substitute teacher. Her goal in life is to become a saint and to bring as many people with her to heaven as possible.