Current SLMs

Photo of Elaine Alexander Elaine Alexander Wau, South Sudan
Hometown Elmwood Park NJ Mission Site Ireneo Wien Dutclinic Wau South Sudan College Rowan University and William Paterson University

What do you expect to do on mission?
Work as a nurse in a clinic.

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
My hope is that this year is a year to become closer to God; for those I serve through my presence, for my family and friends through my example and for myself, listening to God speak through the people of South Sudan.

Photo of Matthew Beers Matthew Beers Lungi, Sierra Leone
Hometown West Melbourne FL Mission Site Salesians of Don Bosco, Lungi Lungi Sierra Leone College University of Central Florida Blog: Matthew’s Mishadventures

What do you expect to do on mission?
Teach, youth ministry, partake in communal life

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
I hope to come to know the Lord more intimately than I ever have before and to share his love and the joy he has given me with the people I will be living with and serving.

Photo of Katherine Church Katherine Church North Haledon, NJ
Hometown Syracuse IN Mission Site Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon NJ 07508 College Benedictine College Website: Mary Help of Christians Academy

What do you expect to do on mission?
I want to spread God’s love throughout the world. I want everyone to know how loved and cherished they are and that they are worth more than what they believe. I want to help them achieve greatness with God being there guide.

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?…

Photo of Mary Funk Mary Funk Montero, Bolivia
Hometown Gaithersburg MD Mission Site Hogar Sagrado Corazón Montero 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 August Konrad August Konrad Lungi, Sierra Leone
Hometown San Diego CA Mission Site St. Augustine Senior Secondary School Lungi Sierra Leone College University of Southern California

What do you expect to do on mission?
Science teacher (Chemistry if possible)

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
To help build God’s kingdom through education and good example.

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.…

Photo of Megan Travaline Megan Travaline Wau, South Sudan
Hometown Philadelphia PA Mission Site Don Bosco Auxilium Wau South Sudan College The Catholic University of America

What do you expect to do on mission?
Work in the Salesian school

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
To grow in my faith and develop as a person by being in community with Salesians and experiencing a culture totally different from my own.

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