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Verso Ministries

Verso L'alto

Nearly 100 years ago, the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati wrote these words on a now iconic picture of him as he scales the side of a cliff. Literally, the words mean “to the top” or “towards the heights.”

Metaphorically, the phrase means, “orient your entire life toward God.” In all that you do, in all that you are, seek the path that leads you to God. Blessed Pier Giorgio is a beautiful witness to living out this mantra.

Verso Ministries began to help people on their earthly pilgrimage in the spirit of Frassati. To help them on an all-consuming climb to reach the heavens, and to be one with God in our final resting. So let’s seek the path, encounter the sacred, and share the story so that others may join us.

Our Team

John Paul Lichon

Founder and CEO

John Paul spent 10 years in parish and college ministry before taking the dive to start Verso Ministries. He’s always had an entrepreneurial inkling, as he’s always sought new and dynamic ways to spread the Gospel. He is passionate about the practice of pilgrimage and the ways in which a pilgrim’s heart and mind can be transformed by an encounter with God on a pilgrimage. He resides in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and two children.

To read about the moment when Verso MInistries was born, visit our blog.

Stephanie Petrie

Pilgrimage Coordinator

Stephanie has been traveling internationally since she was 16 years old and spent her 20’s studying theology and working in ministry. One of her greatest joys is seeing how different cultures glorify God and how each place she has visited influences her journey of faith. She resolutely believes in the power of pilgrimage to impact people’s lives and invite them to respond to God’s invitation to be who He made them to be. She coordinates the logistical and spiritual components of pilgrimages. Stephanie proudly calls South Bend, Indiana home.

Jeremy Miller

Brand Director

Jeremy’s put India, Switzerland, Mexico, and a combined eight months in Nicaragua and Costa Rica into his travelogue, making him no stranger to international experiences. But he also brings a wealth of branding, writing, and marketing experience to the table. Honing his skills at a full-service agency leading branding initiatives and managing the copywriting there, Jeremy leads from a brand perspective, but is also a jack of all trades when it comes to marketing. All of it comes together to help lead marketing and communications for Verso. He lives in South Bend with his wife and four kids (if we’re counting the puppy, which we are.)

Maryellen Driscoll

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Maryellen was initially immersed in the excitement of travel when she was 7 years old by flying to Mexico alone to visit family friends. Her first international pilgrimage was in 2012, visiting Rome with a group of friends, and has been intrigued by that intentionality of travel ever since. She is passionate about encouraging others to see their call to sainthood through their everyday lives and is captivated by Verso Ministries’ mission to help people grow closer to God through travel. Maryellen and her husband live in South Bend, Indiana.

To read about the moment when Verso MInistries was born, visit our blog.

Carol Matesich

Pilgrimage Specialist

Carol first discovered the beauty of pilgrimage during her visit in 2005 to World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. Ever since she has enjoyed the process of creating pilgrimages for others and experiencing pilgrimage as part of her own spiritual journey. She serves Verso Ministries by developing content for pilgrim reflection and carrying out administration for pilgrimages. Carol and her husband currently live in Ohio.

Marie Oliva

Marketing Intern

Marie went on her first pilgrimage when she was a sophomore in college, traveling to the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Since then she has been on several international pilgrimages, ranging from Montreal, Canada to Rome, Italy. Pilgrimage has helped her grow closer to her faith and has been an integral part of her college experience. She enjoys working with Verso Ministries as a marketing intern and helping continue their mission of leading people to Christ. She is from Osceola, IN, and is currently getting her Master of Science in Management from the University of Notre Dame.

Alex Arroyo

Marketing and Sales Intern

Alex first discovered his love for travel and Catholic history when he went to Rome at ten years of age. Since then he has continued to pursue his passion for seeing religious sites around the world and even got the chance to pilgrimage to the Holy Land as a Sophomore. Alex brings his faith and his business skills together in his work for Verso Ministries on a daily basis. Alex hails from New Orleans, Louisiana and is currently a Junior at the University of Notre Dame studying Marketing and Political Science.

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