Current SLMs

Photo of John Funk John Funk Lungi, Sierra Leone
Hometown Redondo Beach CA Mission Site Don Bosco Lungi Lungi Sierra Leone College Catholic University of America

What do you expect to do on mission?
Teach English

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
I hope to spread the love of Christ by service and to learn from others.

Photo of Theresa Hoang Theresa Hoang Wau, South Sudan
Mission Site Salesian Sisters of Wau Wau South Sudan Hometown Woodbridge VA College Strayer University

What do you expect to do on mission?
To be with the misfortune young, the poor, and the sick people; to pay attention and listen to them; to share the faith with them, let them know and see that they are loved by Jesus, they are valuable and beautiful in God’s eyes.

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
Inspired by SLMs’ ways to serve the misfortune young, the poor, and the sick people, which is following St. Don Bosco’ spirit, I have joined the SLMs with the hope I would have the chances of to be love and to love Jesus through the misfortune and suffering people.

Photo of Hannah Mercado Hannah Mercado Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hometown Artesia CA College California State University Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
Helping others has always been a passion of mine, but being able to do that through a faith based program makes it a million times better for me!

What do you expect to do on mission?
I’m really excited to help take care of the girls as well as teach them anything dance/English related!

Photo of Alaina Mikulcik Alaina Mikulcik Montero, Bolivia
Hometown Louisville KY Mission Site Hogar Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia College Western Kentucky University

What do you expect to do on mission?
Love the poverty of Christ in His precious children, To love His simplicity, His neediness, His joy and creativity, generosity and love.

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
I was sent. The Lord has made this happen. IDK. I hope to make someone happy. I hope to be a path that God can easily travel to someone who needs Him.

Photo of Grace Mosher Grace Mosher Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hometown Newtown CT College Franciscan University Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
I joined SLM’s because of the mission of St. Don Bosco; to see every child as the face of Christ Himself. I have always been drawn to working with children and felt called to join the SLM’s because of their commitment to the young.

I was also attracted to the spirituality of St. John Bosco. His spiritual life was one of simplicity. He didn’t spend hours in the chapel praying everyday, he spent his days working and playing. Through this, also offering his work, his play, everything he did as a prayer to God. He understood that evangelization and catechesis are important, but also knew how equally important play and work are as well. His whole mission, his life, was based off living a good example to the boys he ministered to.

In regards to what I hope to accomplish, it is more what I hope God can work through me and through those I meet. I pray that through the guidance of the Holy Spirit I can love well.

What do you expect to do on mission?
I will be living and working at an all girls orphanage. Mainly helping the girls in day to day life, including online schooling.

Photo of Olivia Wyles Olivia Wyles Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hometown Canal Fulton OH College Miami University of Ohio Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia Blog: Visit Blog

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
I have always felt called to pursue a long-term service opportunity. During my senior year of college, I found the SLMs through the Catholic Volunteer Network and when I heard about the work being done at the hogar (“home” in English) in Bolivia, my heart nearly jumped out of my chest! I have always loved working with children, and God has shown me that this is where He wants to utilize my desire to serve. Through relationship-building and the art of accompaniment, I hope to assist these young girls, as well as the mission of the orphanage as a whole, in any and every way that I can.

What do you expect to do on mission?
Care for the girls currently at the hogar (girl’s orphanage). I will help with everything from getting the girls ready to school to helping with meals to running errands and helping with school work. I’m hoping to form great connections with the girls and serve as a sort of big sister to them for the time that I am with them.

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