Tom Scheuring Co-Founder, and Director
Where are you from? Bronx for the last 39 years. Originally from Minnesota.
What’s your favorite thing about LAMP? Its service of helping those in need know they are loved by God, and its emphasis on holiness.
What have you learned as a LAMP Missionary? God’s faithfulness and providence through the intercession of St. Joseph, and how much those in need evangelize me.
What restores you? Being with the LAMP Missionaries weekly to pray, and to share how the Holy Spirit has worked in our ministries during the past week.
Lyn Scheuring Co-Founder and former Co-Director
(Entered eternal life September 20, 2018)
Where are you from? Born and raised in Astoria, Queens.
What’s your favorite thing about LAMP? Its evolving ministries of evangelization among the materially poor.
What have you learned as a LAMP Missionary? How the poor evangelize me.
What restores you? Reaching out to someone with God’s love.
Who are your favorite Saints? St. Therese the Little Flower, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare, St. John of the Cross
Marybeth Mutmansky Greene Pastoral Co-Director
Where are you from? Southwest Pennsylvania
What’s your favorite thing about LAMP? Monday gatherings, LAMP’s vision of moving with the Holy Heartbeat of Jesus.
What led you to apply to LAMP Catholic Ministries? When Tom & Lyn were beginning LAMP, I was a campus minister at Manhattan College. I asked if I could join them in 1981 just as they were beginning to implement this mission of evangelization with the materially poor. God had put in my heart a love for the poor, especially children, and I found that LAMP is the avenue God gives me to express and grow in love of His beating Heart, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and others.
What have you learned as a LAMP Missionary? How amazing and personal God’s love is for every person on this earth.
What restores you? Prayer, writing poetry, appreciating nature.
Ed Greene, Pastoral Director
Where are you from? I am from the Bronx, NY.
What led you to apply to LAMP Catholic Ministries? I was led to apply to LAMP 38 years ago after volunteering in an impoverished neighborhood in New York City for a while. I was so taken by the courage, strength, and even the generosity of the people who lived in such difficult circumstances. I felt the presence of Jesus so profoundly among them. After hearing Co-Founder Tom talk at a Catholic Conference and later meeting his wife Lyn, co-founder, and the Associate director Marybeth with their humility and love for the Church, I took the step of applying and later left my job to serve as I have remained til this day.
What’s your favorite thing about LAMP? I thank the Lord for LAMP every day. No matter how long one serves with LAMP, it is a wonderful way to respond to God’s wonderful personal love.
What have you learned as a LAMP missionary? I have learned by the example of Tom, Lyn, and Marybeth, the grace of being one in Jesus and His Mission through the Church. Also their love for Jesus, Our Blessed Mother Mary, and the Church, has lifted my aspiration to live the Gospel much more fully.
What restores you? I am restored by LAMP’s direction of daily personal prayer,the Holy Eucharist, and also the witness of the selfless love of each LAMP Missionary for Jesus in His beloved
Maggie Kelly, Admissions Counselor
Where are you from? Milton, MA.
What led you to apply to LAMP Catholic Ministries? After a silent 8 day St. Ignatius retreat, I heard the call in prayer to move to NYC and work with the poor. Letting go of my 5-year plan for the Holy Spirit’s plan, I researched Catholic ministries online and came upon LAMP. I joined March 13th, the day NYC shut down due to the pandemic. From then on it’s been an adventure and I’m grateful to serve with the LAMP community during this time of tremendous need. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
What’s your favorite thing about LAMP? I love the inner peace I’ve received working for a Catholic organization where I’m free to live out my faith in a practical, prayerful, and radical way. Being out on the streets with people and sharing in their everyday struggles and joys fills my life with authentic encounters that reveal to me Jesus’s continual mercy and love for humanity.
What have you learned as a LAMP missionary? How the gift of grace which flows from the sacraments moves in ministry. Also, the importance of quieting my mind, listening to the Holy Spirit, and cultivating a humbling recognition of my own spiritual poverty.
What restores you? Dance, long walks, holy hour, contemplative prayer, drawing in museums, live Irish & Blues music, holy naps, and cooking.
Erin McAtee, LAMP Associate
Where are you from? Lafayette, Indiana
What led me to apply to LAMP? When I first moved to the city, I was initially given the space and encouragement to begin finding ways to incorporate beauty and art-related activities in impoverished communities through a 5-month artist residency at the Sheen Center. Once my residency came to an end, I knew God was calling me to continue the mission work. Through LAMP, God opened a door wide open for me to continue serving His people here in the city.
What’s your favorite thing about LAMP? My favorite thing about LAMP is the friendship I enjoy with those in the LAMP community.
What have you learned from LAMP? I’ve found a tremendous amount of joy in the experience of staying committed to challenging experiences and relationships, which more often than not prove to be sources of grace and opportunities for interior conversion. It is in authentic faithfulness and humility that we experience these fruits and ultimately find a deeper love for Christ in the poor.
What restores you? I am restored by prayer, quality time with friends, and working with my favorite art mediums (drawing, printmaking, or painting). website: erinkmcatee.com