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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Feeling Very Blessed


Hello Friends,

So much has happened in such a short amount of time. I am reactivating the www.DeaconPat.net blog since we have returned from our Guatemala mission and from exclusively using the www.CatholicMission.net site. 

Well, we have returned from our missionary year and I am now working in Caldwell, Idaho as a Psychiatric Assessment Nurse evaluating patients in the ER and ICU for their psychiatric needs. It is a good job and the good news is that it is just three days a week (12 hour shifts) so it frees up a lot of time for work at the parish and for quality time spent with my beautiful wife. 

I have applied for a transfer of diocese from Sacramento to Boise, and I am waiting to hear for the approval. I am hoping that I will be able to serve at Our Lady of the Valley parish in Caldwell, Idaho. It is a wonderful and vibrant parish led by Father Flores with fervent English and Spanish speaking communities. Please pray that the Bishop accepts me and places me there.

Liz is doing great and is busy rebuilding a home for us. As you may recall we sold EVERYTHING when we left on mission a year ago.

I will keep this short for now, but I just wanted to check in and say WE ARE BACK!

God Bless,

Deacon Pat

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Catholic Men-In-Motion



I feel so blessed.

Many years ago I had a dream of forming a Men's group that could meet in the outdoors and enjoy nature while at the same time allowing the men to grow in their faith. With the help of a few friends, especially Mike and Dennis, we formed the Men-In-Motion retreats where Catholic Men came together to do manly things while still experiencing God and adhering to our Catholic life principles.

We have climbed mountains, traveled down rivers, built snow shelters, and even lived in caves. With each adventure Jesus was present in our hearts, prayers, and personally in the Eucharist thanks to Fathers Jonathan, Mauricio, and Memo.

As I pulled away to become a full-time missionary Mike and Dennis kept the movement alive and even grew it larger than before. 

I hope I can form a new chapter of Men-In-Motion in Idaho, my new missionary adventure. :)

Here is a short video or the most recent Men-In-Motion retreat.

Sincerely,

Deacon Pat

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

We Are Back in the USA!!!


After 8 months on Mission in Guatemala we are now back in the USA!

Liz and I have returned to the USA after a wonderful time in Guatemala. Our "Mission Year" was cut a little short for a few reasons, but with happy and sad hearts we are back. We are sad to leave our family and friends in Guatemala, but we are happy and excited for the new opportunity and see where God will use us next

I have accepted a nursing position as the Assessment / Referral Nurse for the behavioral health unit at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho, and we will be moving there in a few days.

We are currently driving across the US. We landed in San Antonio, TX, and after visiting our son, Sean, we are making our way toward Idaho.


After finding a home in Caldwell we will make a short visit to California and then return to Idaho to begin establishing our new lives. We are experiencing a little culture shock but are looking forward to Idaho and especially the parish which has a Spanish Speaking population. :)


Thursday, September 24, 2015

We are currently on an extended mission for (1-2 years) in Guatemala.



We are currently on an extended mission in Guatemala for the next 1-2 years.


We have another blog (website) www.CatholicMission.net that we will be using to share the missionary experience with others.


The new Blog is www.CatholicMission.net

Yes - www.CatholicMission.net is our blog, not an organization's blog, just simply our personal blog that shares our experience with anyone who would like to see just how special and wonderful the people of Guatemala are.


If you have a moment, click on the link: www.CatholicMission.net and spend a moment with us.

God Bless - Deacon Pat and Liz

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

$10 a Month Club


Dear Friend / Family,

You probably have already found a charity that you have a passion for and support, or maybe you haven’t?
If you haven’t, maybe this can be the perfect opportunity for you to support and share in the lives of an American missionary couple serving in the small villages of Guatemala.

On August 30, 2015, we will begin our full-time missionary journey. After driving to Texas to drop off our vehicle with our son, Sean, and storing a few sentimental belongings, we will then fly to Santa Cruz de Lago Atitlan, Guatemala, to begin a two month study at an immersion Spanish language school.  After brushing up / improving our verbal Spanish skills we will then have the ability to minister more effectively in a variety of ways:

  • Assisting at the village school in Godinez, teaching faith, religion, and English
  • Assisting at the small medical clinic in San Lucas Tolíman
  • Providing Diaconate services at the Parish San Lucas (Saint Luke)
  • Providing ministry care to the outlying villages where there is a shortage of priestly services while offering Sunday services and bringing the Eucharist. Also providing Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and Quinceaneras, etc.
  • Building lasting Christ-centered relationships with the local people
Our role as Missionaries is not a paid or sponsored position, and we are hoping and praying for a handful of people like you who might be willing to support us with a $10 a month donation.

Yes, only $10 a month!

Our plan is to live a simple and humble lifestyle while renting a small (1-2 room) home, eating as the local people do, and finding comfort in the simple things in life. Our total monthly expenses (food, shelter, toiletries, and medicine) should be less than $150 a month each, so yes a handful of people supporting us with $10 a month will give us all we need to sustain ourselves and our mission.

Please join us and visit www.CatholicMission.net and look for the donation button. Our benefactors / supporters will routinely receive personal updates from us regarding the mission, be included in our daily prayers, and receive special letters and pictures from those we are able to help through their support.

Thank you for helping us to follow our call to serve the special people of Guatemala.

Sincerely,


Deacon Pat and Liz Kearns

Friday, August 07, 2015

Listening to God's Voice (No Bolivia! Yes Guatemala!)


Today was a very meaningful day for both Liz and I. 

As many of you already know, we have been in New York participating in a pre-mission orientation program with the Salesians (Lay Missioner Program) with the plan to soon begin a year long mission with them in Bolivia.

WELL...... almost two weeks into the orientation program Liz and I began to experience a sense that what we envisioned as our personal call to foreign mission might not be fulfilled with the Salesians.

Knowing that harsh and abrupt decisions should never be made we decided to continue to discern God's call in our lives for a few more days while participating in the program. Thanks God for daily Mass, Prayer, and Adoration.

As the days progressed it became more and more clear that in order to respond to what we specifically felt called to do in mission we would need to change our plans, at least our plans with the Salesians. I believe the Salesians also sensed and discerned that what our expectations were for mission and what they could offer us wasn't going to be a fit so we mutually agreed that we should part and parted on good and respectful terms.

There is a small piece of me that is saddened that I will not experience the people of Bolivia, nor experience the culture, but I also realize that God's plans do not always agree with ours. 

So....... We are back to our initial plan of returning to Guatemala. Over the past 10 years we have frequented San Lucas Tolíman numerous times and each time felt God's presence and witnessed His Spirit in the wonderful people there. 

We will begin our stay in Guatemala in early September in Santa Cruz Atitlán while attending two months of immersion Spanish School. Also, just a short boat ride away across the lake in San Lucas Tolíman, we have some special friends there as well as the mission that we have visited for so many years on summer mission trips.

We will continue to discern our work in Guatemala post language school with an eye on assisting at our friend's rural school, offering diaconal services, and building relationships and spreading the good news.

Please pray for both Liz and I that we remain open to searching for God's voice and that we have the courage to continually respond.