In the fall of 2011 Dan started college at St. Bonaventure University, the premier Franciscan university (in his opinion.) During his time there he was the men’s overnight coordinator for Mt. Irenaeus retreat center and the SEARCH retreat team president. He lived with five friends and they had a pet chicken named Fabio. Dan graduated in 2015 with a degree in Sociology.
For the past year Dan had been volunteering and living in community with Franciscan Outreach Association in Chicago, IL where he was an overnight supervisor in the second largest homeless shelter in Chicagoland.
He is extremely excited to be back in the Hudson Valley and to start his journey with CYFM.
Ryan was born in Landstuhl, Germany and has lived in California, Virginia, and Massachusetts before ending up in Cornwall, NY. He is the oldest of 10 children. Ryan graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. He participated in Army ROTC and is currently serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in the New York Army National Guard. His past volunteer experiences include serving as a member of the Service Corps at the Apostolate for Family Consecration in summer 2012.
Ryan found CYFM during his senior year of high school and started participating in retreats such as COP, CAM, College COP, R&R, and the young adult retreat during his college years. His decision to return to CYFM as a Cap Corps Volunteer was largely thanks to the mentorship and spiritual guidance of Capuchin Father Marvin Bearis. He is very excited to return to CYFM and is looking forward to an outstanding year.
Nick is an only child raised by his mother Barbara. During high school he enjoyed his youth group at St. John the Evangelist in Mahopac, NY. He’d come home from boarding school on weekends just to be able to participate because it was such a huge influence in his life at the time. From there he attended college at SUNY Cobleskill where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine. He also received a minor in Equine assisted activities hoping to one day work with individuals with disabilities in the form of equine therapy. In his time at Cobleskill, Nick served as an orientation leader, as well as a member of the Cobleskill lacrosse team.
CYFM has always been a part of Nick’s life in one way or another. When Nick was a child he would come to CYFM to support his aunt, uncle and cousins at closing masses for the numerous retreats in which they participated. In 2009 Nick was finally old enough to participate in retreats he had heard so much about growing up. Throughout his time at CYFM before becoming a CCV, Nick participated on DDA’s, Leadership, College COP, and the Capuchin Appalachian Mission trip. Becoming a CCV has always been a desire since first participating at CYFM. He is very excited for what this year will bring.
"Katey was raised in the excellent city of Cranston, RI. She attended Sacred Heart Church with her parents, Carl and Beth, grandparents, and sister, Lia, all of whom she loves very dearly. In their youth, the Santilli girls were known to roll around the most popular nearby hang outs: Cumberland Farms, Stop and Shop, Lil’ Rhody (an ice cream joint), and Dunkin Donuts. In those years, Katey gained a great love for Rhode Island and decided to remain in the state to proudly attend Providence College (Go Friars!) after high school. At PC she studied Music, Mathematics, and Theology, as well as playing the flute in the school bands and working for Campus Ministry. In Campus Ministry, Katey worked with other volunteers on service and faith based programming, especially peer ministry, FaithWorks, a immersion program for freshman, and the Encounter with Christ Retreat.
Katey’s experience at Providence College, as well as some of the great friends she made there, led her out of Rhode Island and over to the Hudson Valley to make another home in the CYFM community. Katey is excited to live in community with Dan, Nick, Ryan, and Vanesa, to see how God works in the lives of teens, and to learn as much about youth ministry as she can."
Vanesa was born and raised in Providence RI with her loving parents Cesar and Margarita, and her two younger siblings David and Rebeca. She attended Providence College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Business Studies. She served on the Campus Ministry Council, as the Student Leader for Worship and Liturgy, and organized the weekly Praise and Worship sessions on Campus. Outside of PC, she served as the Youth Minister of her home parish, St. John the Baptist, where she coordinated, directed, and organized all youth group meetings. She served as the Music Minister for several Providence College retreats, such as Connections, Encounter, and Lighthouse.
Her love for the youth and music led her to pursue a year of service after college that would hopefully be geared towards serving the youth of the Church. It was in her junior year of college that she was introduced to the Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries, and instantly fell in love with the program and its community. She attended its college retreat early in her senior year of college, and after visiting the retreat center sent in her application, and was accepted in the early spring. She hopes to further her experience in youth ministry while serving the CYFM community, and continue to develop and strengthen her relationship with God.