Become a Damascus Missionary

Live a Life That Changes Lives

We’re looking for passionate and prayerful young men and women to answer the call of the Gospel by serving as a full-time Damascus Missionary. Keep reading if you think you may be called to make Christ the full measure of your life by living the adventure of your faith through radical service and Catholic communal living that will challenge you to become everything God made you to be.

If you already have a feeling that Damascus might be right for you, click the link below! If you would like to know more, keep scrolling!

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Got Questions?

We’re sure you have some BIG questions about becoming a full-time missionary. We know because we’ve asked them ourselves! Watch the videos below to meet some missionaries and to find out why they answered the call.

  • Riley
  • Anthony
  • Angelo
  • Alaina
  • Sheila

Riley McCullough is a first-year missionary with Damascus. Riley studied theatre and journalism in college and is currently pursuing a Masters in Theology. Her passions include quirky theatre, Mary tattoos, camping, and travel. She spent the last year as a missionary in England, and she loves bringing people closer to Christ through the beauty of Church tradition.

Anthony is a graduate of Ohio University and is beginning his first year at Damascus. He is a lover of travel, craft breweries, and instrumental mixtapes that he finds on YouTube. Like his search for awesome landscapes and beautiful creations, Anthony loves walking with young people who are searching for the awesome Truth and beautiful Love found in the person of Jesus.

Angelo is a first-year missionary with Damascus, and he was a recent college student who studied biology. He enjoys reading, archery, and spending time in the great outdoors. Angelo’s greatest passion is to see people encounter the Father’s love for them through Jesus Christ and His Church.

Alaina’s name is, you guessed it, Alaina. She is from Westerville, Ohio, and she enjoys dancing like no one is watching and laughing without reason. As a second-year missionary, Alaina says that her favorite aspect of the mission is helping to bring people into the knowledge that they are seen and known by a God who loves them.

Sheila grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, and she is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s linguistics program. She enjoys playing guitar, eating veggie pizza, learning anything new, and listening to epic movie soundtracks. Her favorite aspects of being a Damascus missionary include being welcomed into the lives of campers on retreat, singing and dancing like a crazy person, and sharing the Father’s love with His children, regardless of age.

  • Mindset
  • Commitment
  • Pillars
  • Schedule
  • Support Raising
  • Important Dates

Missionary Mindset

We are Jesus-Centered.
We are Mission-Focused.
We are Joy-Filled.
We are Obedient.
We are Toilet Plungers.


Full-time missionaries devote two years of their life to the mission of Damascus Catholic Mission Campus and the teachings of the Church through a devotion to daily prayer, sacramental life, communal living, and personal formation. Missionaries share community together, form bonds as brothers and sisters in Christ, and learn to answer the Lord’s call to lifelong missionary discipleship.

Each respective year, missionaries will first serve with Catholic Youth Summer Camp for roughly ten weeks during the summer months. Then, after a post-summer break, they will return to facilitate all on-site retreats at Damascus and will help develop and heighten world-class programs, dynamic youth conferences, and parish and school outreach programs throughout the duration of their missionary year.


Prayer is the foundation of all Christian life. It is the very place where a relationship with Jesus is fostered. In prayer, our hearts, minds, words, and actions are consumed with the love of Jesus and by the love of Jesus. All of our activity flows out of our prayer life, which, at Damascus, and in the life of the Church, includes personal prayer and communal prayer.

Our missionary community will sharpen you. Missionaries live in men’s and women’s households that pray together, live life together, and evangelize together. Christian communal living calls you out of yourself and into radical love of Jesus and radical love of others.

As disciples of Jesus, we are all called to disciple others. As missionaries, we desire to be witnesses to all and to journey with particular individuals to form them into the full stature of Christ. As missionaries, you will disciple small groups and individuals on retreats, in youth ministry programs, and within school outreach programs.

Many Christians are afraid to take a risk for Jesus. As missionaries, you will be invited to outreach in schools and parishes and will be given opportunities for evangelization and prayer ministry in public settings.

Missionaries will be equipped with confidence-building tools in evangelization and discipleship, will receive training in effective middle school and high school youth ministry, and will grow in greater confidence in prayer ministry. If desired, after missionary service is complete, missionaries will be provided a letter of recommendation and will be assisted in transitioning into a ministry career.


Missionary Staff Prayer, Missionary Formation, Missionary Staff Meetings, and Household Dinner

House Prayer, Household Chores, School Outreach, and Local Outreach/Evangelization

Three-Day Outdoor School or Retreat Facilitation

Three-Day Confirmation Retreat/High School Retreat Facilitation, Hospitality for Retreat Rentals, and Youth Group Assistance

  • We will not have a retreat Wednesday–Sunday every week. Missionaries will be given time for personal support raising, recreation, and household/team time on our non-retreat days.
  • During non-retreat days, communal praise and worship, Eucharistic Adoration, and daily Mass are often available in some way, shape, or form, either onsite or at one of our nearby parishes.

Support Raising

A full-time missionary invites others to support them, both prayerfully and financially, in the mission of Damascus in order to cover the challenges and the expenses of a full mission-year (June–May; this replaces the Missionary Support Raising expected of summer missionaries with Catholic Youth Summer Camp). Financial support, made to Damascus, provides for missionary compensation, food, lodging, utilities, and a ministry-related gas/food expense stipend.

Damascus Missionaries are invited to raise personal support at one of the following levels:

  • Raise $5,000 and receive $200/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $7,500 and receive $350/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $10,000 and receive $500/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $15,000 and receive $750/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $20,000 and receive $1,000/month for personal expenses
  • Raise $25,000 and receive $1,500/month for personal expenses

Missionaries may be eligible for other support raising opportunities in subsequent years of service.

Damascus will bless support raising efforts in the following ways:

  • Provide Personal Support Raising Training
  • Provide Standard Support Raising Materials
  • Provide Tax ID (all gifts may be tax deductible for your support team)

Important Dates

November 1st – Missionary Applications Open

January 15th – Missionary Applications Close

January 27th 1-6pm – First Round of Missionary Interviews

February 3rd 1-6pm – Second Round of Missionary Interviews

February 8th – Missionary Team Announced

March 15th – Decisions Due

March 29th – March 31st – Support Raising Bootcamp: A Training

April 1st – May 31st – Support Raising Season

May 31st, 2019 – Full-Time Missionary Year Begins

May 3rd, 2020 – Full-Time Missionary Year Ends

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the year of service?

The mission year begins with support raising in April and May. The first weekend in June, all missionaries arrive at Damascus, located in Centerburg, Ohio, and they start their time on mission with roughly ten weeks of service at Catholic Youth Summer Camp. After the post-summer break, full-time missionaries will return to Damascus to begin training to facilitate the retreats and the outdoor school that take place at Damascus throughout the school year.

Do I have to fundraise?

In short, yes. Each missionary is asked to raise support in order to cover their cost of living for the year. Financial support, made to Damascus, provides for missionary compensation, food, lodging, utilities, a ministry-related gas/food expense stipend, and other outreach opportunities throughout the year.  The missionaries will go through an intensive Support Raising Bootcamp, using some of the best practical and biblically-founded methods of raising support, in March.

How much do I need to fundraise?

By and large, support raising goals are based off of the financial needs of each missionary, but the goal is to raise between $5,000 and $25,000. Rest assured. Our support raising team will give you the materials and the methods to confidently reach full support!

How many full-time missionaries are accepted?

This year, our goal is to have 40 full-time missionaries on staff, with an additional 10-15 full-time mission staff.

Where do I live?

Full-time missionaries live onsite in men’s and women’s households.

What is the age range for prospective missionaries?

Prospective missionaries must have graduated from high school by June 2019 in order to apply for the full-time missionary program.

Other questions?

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Brad Pierron, our Missionary Program Director, at or at (740) 858-7102.

“Come and See” Weekend


DECEMBER 15-16th

Need a little bit more time to decide whether or not Damascus mission work is the right fit for you? That’s why we created the “Come and See” Weekend! Join us for a weekend of high-adventure fun, prayer, and discernment, and get an up-close look at what your mission year would look like.


Join Us at Damascus on December 15-16th

Questions? Email

Apply Now!

Applications are now OPEN, and the deadline to apply is January 15th.

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Leaning more towards being a summer missionary at Catholic Youth Summer Camp? Click here to learn more.

“Life really started for me the day that I decided to start following Jesus radically, to give up everything for Him, and to receive more than everything I thought possible, and that’s what I believe happened when I became a part of Damascus.”


“If I had to describe Damascus in one word, I would choose ‘revival,’ because the Damascus missionaries live a way of life that is committed to radical discipleship, focused on Jesus, His promises, and what He’s calling us to do.”


“Here at Damascus, I’ve been empowered to live a supernatural lifestyle. Whether we are doing retreats, leading small groups, or just going out to dinner together, we are always seeking to hear the Father’s voice for His children that He loves.”