Current SLMs

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 East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Hometown Vero Beach FL Mission Site Vunabosco East New Britain Papua New Guinea 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 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 Ann Steffen Ann Steffen Cochabamba, Bolivia
Hometown Ames IA College Benedictine College Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia Blog: Visit Blog

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.

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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