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 Mary Funk Mary Funk Lungi, Sierra Leone
Hometown Gaithersburg MD Mission Site Don Bosco Lungi Lungi Sierra Leone 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 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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