Current SLMs

Photo of Barbara Brzeski Barbara Brzeski Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
Hometown St. Francis WI Mission Site Salesian Projects Office Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of Congo College University of Wisconsin – Madison Blog: Visit Blog

I have spent the past few years working in Milwaukee and participating in the amazing young adult Catholic community here. However I knew that God was calling me to something different, something more. It took me a while to say yes but now that I have I can’t wait to see where He is leading me.…

Photo of Avra Dugan Avra Dugan Montero, Bolivia
Hometown Astoria NY Mission Site Hogar Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia College Binghamton University

I have greatly enjoyed my time as a registered nurse in the U.S, but I feel a great calling to international service to the poor, especially in countries where access to healthcare is limited or completely unavailable. I strongly believe that an experience working in areas of poverty internationally will provide me with greater compassion and resourcefulness to bring to service back in the U.S for impoverished communities.

Photo of Gladys Johanning Gladys Johanning Mary Help of Christians Center
Hometown Jasper IN Mission Site Mary Help of Christians Center Tampa FL College Kokomo High School

Have relatives who are missionaries and feel led to do something like this. The things I have done were so fulfilling. When we go backpacking I realize how little we really need and want to share what I have with others.

Photo of Kenneth Johanning Kenneth Johanning Mary Help of Christians Center
Hometown Jasper IN Mission Site Mary Help of Christians Center Tampa FL College Univ. of Notre Dame

I feel called to use my gifts to serve those in need. I am a Deacon in the Church, and have wanted to do something like this for a long time.

Photo of Stephen Lilly Stephen Lilly Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Hometown Berwyn IL Mission Site The Rinaldi Foundation Port-au-Prince Haiti College University of Illinois

My decision to pursue another term of service with the Salesian Lay Missioners stems from my continued desire to serve Christ in “the least of these.” We are made in the image of God, who is trinitarian: a God who pours Himself out in love for the other. I desire to respond to the invitation to enter into that divine life of God, by offering who I am in love as well.…

Photo of Brandon Pabst Brandon Pabst Da Lat, Vietnam
Mission Site Don Bosco Da Lat Da Lat Vietnam Hometown Charlotte MI College Michigan State University Blog: Pardon my Vietnamese

Through the SLM program I would like to take a more active role in shaping the world around me and making a positive impact in the lives of others. During my time on mission I hope to set a good example and make lasting friendships as I learn more about the people and culture of Vietnam.

Photo of Megan Schneider Megan Schneider Cochabamba, Bolivia
Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia Hometown Rockford IL College Drake University Blog: Visit Blog

John Waters writes about his response to Pope Francis’s call to go to “the outskirts of existence: “That phrase seemed immediately to gesture far beyond geography, or sociology, or ideology, beyond even the idea of allegiance to a faith. It summoned us to a responsibility that resides beyond calls to duty or compassion or even what is conventionally called charity.…

Photo of Josiah Vacheresse Josiah Vacheresse Johannesburg, South Africa
Hometown Cleveland TN Mission Site Project Development Office Johannesburg South Africa College Hiwassee College Blog: Visit Blog

I have always felt a call on my life to service. My wife and I pray on a daily basis for guidance as to how that call will manifest itself. We see poverty on a daily basis yet we know that the poverty we come into contact with pales in the United States pales in comparison with the desperation of circumstances in other parts of the world.…

Photo of Laura Vacheresse Laura Vacheresse Johannesburg, South Africa
Hometown Cleveland TN Mission Site Project Development Office Johannesburg South Africa College University of Tennessee Blog: Visit Blog

I want this volunteer experience to be a period of spiritual growth through service. I feel that I have been tremendously blessed and would like to work collaboratively to share those blessings with others. I have a passion for serving those often forgotten and for promoting social justice and feel this experience will help me to be able to continue to do so on a larger level while also growing in my own spirituality and discernment of God’s calling for me.

Photo of Andrew Wood Andrew Wood Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
Hometown Auburn CA Mission Site Citê des Jeunes Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of Congo College Sierra College

I’ve been feeling directionless for awhile in my life… or maybe pulled in too many directions. I could never tell where God wanted me and I was not where I wanted to be. So I took it to Adoration and I felt a strong tug towards doing missionary work. After Adoration and many months of prayer, I feel so at peace and also excited knowing that I’m doing God’s will!…

Photo of Nick Ynami Nick Ynami Da Lat, Vietnam
Mission Site Don Bosco Da Lat Da Lat Vietnam Hometown Hayward CA College San Diego State University Website: Visit Blog

I believe that God has given and blessed me many talents and luxuries that I am always grateful for. I, however, want to make an impact in the world with the talents and privileges that God has given me. I am so thankful everyday for my many blessings, and hope through the Salesian Lay Missioners to share my blessing with others less fortunate, but also gain their blessings of happiness.…