Catholic Franciscan Volunteer Service Experience for Post-Graduate Young Adults| Costa Rica & New York

Co-Ministers

Sr. Caryn & Friar Rick

Sr. Caryn & Friar Rick

FrancisCorps relies on the generosity of friars, sisters and lay Franciscans who volunteer their time to support the local FrancisCorps communities in Syracuse, NY and Alajuela, Costa Rica. Co-Ministers take turns visiting the volunteer house on Wednesday nights for dinner, prayer and if they are lucky a community building activity.

 

Sr. Caryn Crook, OSF

Co-Minister – Syracuse

Sister Caryn was born and raised in Fulton, NY, a small town north of Syracuse, NY known for Nestles Chocolate and lake effect snow. She attended Keystone Jr. College in Pennsylvania where she received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Keystone Jr. College. After Keystone, she attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry adjacent to Syracuse University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Forest Biology. After graduating, she entered the Peace Corps and worked in Central African Republic for two years teaching farmers how to raise tilapia in ponds. After she completed her term, she was employed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service working on a program called Partners for Fish and Wildlife and was responsible for restoring wildlife habitat on private property, mostly restored wetland habitat. She also had the opportunity to restore grassland habitat, streams, and endangered species habitat. Sister Caryn loved her career, but felt called to something different. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 2005. Currently she ministers at the Spirituality and Nature Center at Alverna Heights (Fayetteville, NY) where she is the Franciscan ecology coordinator and gives presentations on Care for creation. She is also an Action Commissioner with Franciscan Action Network advocating for peace and justice, human rights and immigration, and care for creation.

Fray Marco Umaña, OFM Conv.

Co-Minister – Costa Rica

Juan Gabriel Oses Gonzalez

Co-Minister – Costa Rica

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