Our team

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Fr. Nilson
 Director

Hello, I am Fr. Nilson! After 21 years in France, 4 in Italy, 2 in Africa, and a few months in Vietnam I am now in Denver, CO discovering the beauty of America! I never thought I would be so involved in this mission, but It is wonderful to see that Christ unites us despite our differences. Finally, the Community of the Beatitudes in the Church is like a family, where I feel at home everywhere. Beatitudes Missions offers the possibility to “taste” the universality of our Faith. In times past when I have left for a new country with fears and my limits, the Lord has always sustained me with his grace and given me his peace. So, I continually surrender myself to Him.

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Sr. Helene

Assistant Director

I am a French member of the Community of the Beatitudes and have lived in Denver for 5 years. Before Denver, I had a rich missionary experience in various countries, and I'm eager to share my faith with as many people as I can. I feel in many people a great thirst for God that they try to fill with the wrong things, and I want to help people drink from the living water Jesus offers us. I'm happy to be part of the Beatitudes Mission team, bearing fruit together through this ministry. I pray that the Holy Spirit opens doors for people who need to encounter the joy of Jesus.

Sr. sarah

Intern Coordinator

Hi! My name is sister Sarah of the Annunciation. I am from France and have been in the community of the Beatitudes since 2008!  I moved to the Denver, CO house at the end of November 2021 and I am happy to serve and follow Jesus here in America! My task in Beatitudes Missions is to help form the daily life of the interns. My goal is to help them serve Jesus every day with joy, to grow in a spirit of faith, freedom, fraternity, and to serve Christ in their daily life.

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fr. anthony
Founder, Chief Executing Officer

Salaam Al-Massih! Born and raised in Colorado, I followed the Lord's call from Boulder to the University of Notre Dame, then to diocesan seminary, and finally to the Community of the Beatitudes in Italy, France, and Israel. Founder of the chaplaincy at the Colorado School of Mines as well as Beatitudes Missions, I have guided over 15 student/young pilgrimages to Israel, and a few to Europe! I have spent the last five years residing in Israel and Lebanon. I will spend 2022-23 in France on the Community's international team for student and young adult outreach, preparing for World Youth Day in Lisbon. 

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mckenna foley

Missionary Intern

Shalom! I am so excited to be serving this year with Beatitudes Missions! Originally from Michigan, I recently graduated from Benedictine College in Kansas. I enjoy reading and writing poetry, having conversations about philosophy, and spending time outdoors. Formerly on last year's Summer Service team, I decided to come back as a fully-fledged intern! I will be assisting in planning upcoming pilgrimages to Lebanon and World Youth Day, running Beatitudes Missions' social media, and building community within Beatitudes Missions as a whole. Beatitudes Missions has shown me how to live the Christian life as a great adventure, and has been such a powerful witness of true community to me! I am overjoyed to be back with the Beatitudes Missions community, and am looking forward to witnessing to the faith through the work we do. 

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maria gonzalez di tillio
Missionary Intern

I am so thankful to be working at Beatitudes Missions as an intern this year. As to my bio, I would delight by beginning with saying that I am a Beloved Daughter of God! With patient forbearance and joy, Jesus in the Eucharist and Mary led me to discover this fundamental identity (which each person has) as a child of God during my time at college — as Jesus has chosen each of us and has especially “prepared a place” for me to take his daughter “to Himself” in the Father’s House, the Church (Jn 14). As I have begun to embark on this magnificent love story, I am in awe of God’s lavish love for me and His children, especially in the Eucharist - it’s the infinite ransom of a splendid and merciful Father-King! I was born in Venezuela to a loving family of four (mom, dad and sister), lived in New York and Ohio as a child, and graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Biology in 2022 also serving as a Chair in Faith & Action in the Harvard Catholic Center Undergraduate Board with the kind support of our chaplain and community. I love the gift of Our Lords True Presence, exploring nature/creation, computing and spiritual mission work - so to find a union of all these things with Beatitudes Missions makes me very grateful!