Current SLMs

Photo of Mary Funk Mary Funk Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hometown Gaithersburg MD Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia College The Catholic University of America

What do you expect to do on mission?
I will be caregiving, assisting with everyday life, and helping girls with homework at the orphanage.

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
My ultimate purpose is to create an environment where each child feels welcomed and loved, to encourage each child to discover and pursue their gifts and talents, to learn from the children, by their daily example of childlike joy and simplicity, and finally, to work hard, play hard, and pray hard with each child.

Photo of Andy Lagunas Andy Lagunas Tampa, FL
Hometown Chicago IL Mission Site Mary Help of Christians Center Tampa FL College Morton College Website: Mary Help of Christians Center

What do you expect to do on mission?
Honestly, Life is crazy and it’s full of surprises so I’m open to whatever God Brings to me.

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
What I hope to accomplish through this mission, is to get Closer to God, share my witness with others across the country, share my talents and go further from my comfort zone and go beyond them, and be like someone who I needed when I was younger.

Photo of Christopher Lee Christopher Lee Belle Glade, FL
Hometown Vero Beach FL Mission Site St. Philip Benizi Parish Belle Glade FL College University of Central Florida

What do you expect to do on mission?
During my time with the Salesian Lay Missioners, I hope to be the hands and feet of Christ in bringing His love to His children around the world, especially to those living in poverty and in dire circumstances.

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
I joined the Salesian Lay Missioners for two reasons: firstly, because the charism of the Salesians fits with my own personal attitudes and desires, and secondly, because I hope to participate in God’s love to be the change in the world I want to see.

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 Ann Steffen Ann Steffen Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hometown Ames IA College Benedictine College Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia

What do you expect to do on mission?
I have been placed at an orphanage, so I expect to do a little bit of everything. I plan on helping with the daily living tasks like chores and cooking, assisting with homework, and spending time with the girls so they know they are loved. We will see where I am needed!

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
I joined the SLMs because I felt a call to mission after attending a silent retreat. The Salesians were a good match for me because they serve the youth, infuse the faith into the everyday moments of life, and emphasize doing all things with joy. During my time as a missionary, I hope to deepen my relationship with Christ and to serve others with whatever talents I have that may be of use.

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