Year Joined MKLM: 2017
City: Phnom Penh
Kylene is currently in language school studying Khmer – a challenge she wholeheartedly embraces in order to truly connect and communicate with the Khmer people. She has been enjoying strong sense of community and the opportunity to get to know the Cambodia Mission Team (CMT). She looks forward to using this time for prayerful discernment of her ministry placement. After language school, Kylene is open to where and how she will best be able to serve the good people of Cambodia.
Kylene has a BS in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She served with Americorps in Sitka, Alaska, which led to an Americorps position working in Wellness programs at a women’s homeless drop-in center, Women’s Hearth, in Spokane, WA. She has also volunteered with a hospital neonatal intensive care unit and a men’s transitional living center. Kylene hails from the small town of Brookston, MN, but considers St. Ann’s in Spokane to be her home parish. She has been involved in her parish helping with youth ministry.
Kylene jokes that she has always wanted to become, in her words, a professional volunteer. While at Women’s Hearth, she worked to deliver non-profit wellness programming and volunteer management. She came to MKLM through a co-worker who was an MKLM Affiliate. Kylene felt her values fit very well with those of MKLM and decided to look into becoming a lay missioner. After much introspection, a friend told her she had a vision of Kylene working as a missioner and asked Kylene if she had ever considered becoming one. Kylene felt this was a clear sign of what she was supposed to do. She sees mission as an opportunity to work alongside people of different religions and cultural traditions in an effort to build a world of justice, peace and understanding.