About the Diocesan Missionary Team

The vision for the Diocesan Missionary Team (DMT) is to reach young people “on the ground” in their parishes and Catholic schools. The DMT will evangelize young people by offering them an opportunity to not only hear about the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ, but to learn and understand the grace of the truth that will set them free. It is the vision of the DMT that once young people have experienced the transformational grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, they will hunger and thirst to go deeper in their own Catholic faith life.

Retreats will be segregated to 6th–8th grade and 9th-12th grade. Themes for retreats will consist of Confirmation, Evangelization Retreat (Who is Jesus?), Going Deeper in Your Faith (Why Catholic?), First Communion Retreat, and a themed retreat that changes each year.


Twilight retreat (less than 4 hours) …. $300.00

1-day retreat ………………………………….. $400.00

Overnight retreat …………………………… $500.00

Full weekend …………………………………..$600.00

Scheduling the DMT for 2022-2023 is now available. Check out our calendar tab to view available booking dates.

To schedule the DMT for a retreat or to receive more information about becoming a missionary, please contact Ryan Altenbach in the Office of Youth Ministry at raltenbach@charlestondiocese.org.

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Meet your 2022/2023 Diocesan Missionaries!

Meet Haley

Hi guys! My name is Haley Augustyniak and I’m super excited to be working in South Carolina with the DMT for the year. I’m originally from Toledo, Ohio (go Buckeyes!) and grew up in a small family of four with one younger brother. I just graduated from Franciscan University in May with a degree in Theology and in Catechetics. I love traveling around the country, and even out of the country to anywhere I can get to reasonably. I also love playing guitar and singing. I’m super excited to continue work in ministry and serve whoever God puts in my path!

Meet Christian

Hello, my name is Christian Badilla. I’m from San Francisco, California born and raised. My life changed drastically from working in I.T. at law firms and cutting hair on the side. Leaving it all behind and the comfort of living at home to follow where God calls me. For the previous two years, I was a seminarian and transitioned out to do missionary work. In my down time, I love to skateboard, make music, and going out with friends socializing. I’m happy to be part of this diocese and see how God puts me to use.

Meet Madeline

Hey there! My name is Madeline Baniewicz. I’m from Atchison, Kansas, which you’ve probably never heard of unless you know Benedictine! I graduated in May from Benedictine College (Go Ravens!) with a degree in Evangelization & Catechesis. I love watching a good movie or show on a rainy day, but catch me outside on a hike or a walk on the beach in my free time. God has always been one to reveal himself to me through nature, which sparked my love for the outdoors. I’ve been a dancer since I was 3 years old and I have played sports for a large portion of my life. If you ever offer me a coffee you automatically will be my new best friend!! I’ll have coffee anytime of the day!

Meet Katie

Hi everyone!! My name is Katie Collin and I am from Gurnee, IL (near Chicago). I just graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in Theology and Catechetics. I’m super excited to be serving this year in the Diocese of Charleston. A couple fun things about me are… 1) I started taking my faith seriously when I was in 7th grade. 2) I love ministry/missionary service (especially Pro Life, youth, homeless, and women’s ministry!). 3) I really enjoy baking and going on walks. If you see me boppin’ around the diocese, I’d love to meet you! Be assured of my prayer for y’all!

Meet Colin

Hey y’all! I’m Colin Doering and I’m super grateful to be on the Diocesan Missionary Team this year. My home parish is St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Bluffton, SC and I’m an alumnus of John Paul II Catholic School. The past two years I was in seminary formation for the great Diocese of Charleston. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading books on Catholic spirituality, praying the rosary, watching and playing sports, and strumming my guitar. I can’t wait to hopefully meet you and be able to walk in this adventure of faith with you this year!

Meet Antoinette

Hi! I’m Antoinette Hanning, originally I’m from Arizona but I spent the past few years in North Dakota at the University of Mary getting my degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Yes, the weather change was harsh so I’m extremely happy to be back in the South part of the country! Growing up my parents showed me the value of serving the Catholic Church and instilled a love in me for youth ministry. This past Summer I served as a Totus Tuus missionary with the Diocese of Charlotte where I heard about the DMT. On my free days you’ll probably find me walking around downtown Charleston taking photos and (let’s be honest) sweating from the humidity. If I’m not outside, I enjoy exploring social media trends, developing marketing ideas and creating digital content. I’m very passionate about my faith, boba tea, the game Fluxx and corny movies.

Meet Patrick

My name is Patrick O’Sullivan and I was born and raised in Southeast, Texas. I am a student of Texas A&M University (Whoop!) studying business and HR. I am a cradle Catholic but fell in love with the Catholic Church when I was in high school. After high school I served as a missionary for 3 years throughout 32 different states and I am glad to be making South Carolina holy number 33! I’m an avid burger consumer, and my favorite breed of dog is Chows, but specifically mine named Bear.

Email Ryan Altenbach at raltenbach@charlestondiocese.org to book the DMT today!