Current SLMs

Erin Arnold

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College of Southern Maryland Home Brandywine MD Work Don Bosco School Mekanessa Ethiopia Blog: Visit Blog
Biography

“It makes me sad to think that there are children who do not think they matter to anyone.  I even see this in some of my classrooms here in the states.  Everyone should know that they are valued by God and that someone else on earth thinks kindly of them.  This is one motivation I have to work with the Salesians.  I also feel that every child should be able to learn, that understanding of the world around them is a precious gift to give to children, and that God has given me the abilities required to teach.  Life is so precious, and these children, the least of these, need to know that they are precious and loved.   On a practical note, the more education these children receive, the more opportunities for a better life they will have.”

Tara Bailey

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St. Charles Community College Home Troy MO Work Don Bosco School Addis Ababa Ethiopia Blog: Visit Blog
Biography

Christ. My motivation for serving and loving anyone is Christ. I can’t begin to describe the desire my heart has to want to give back just an ounce of what Christ has given me. Serving with Regnum Christi was a great opportunity and left me wanting to serve more. I have looked at a number of programs in the past 2 years trying to figure out which would fit me best. I am overwhelmed by the amount of people starving and children that lack something as simple as love. Every catholic is called to be radical, give up everything and follow Christ-this is what I want to do.

Natalie Baker

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Saint Vincent College Home Springfield PA Work Centro Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia Blog: Visit Blog
Biography

“Having previously being involved in a variety of different missions working domestically in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and Illinois and internationally in Calcutta, India, I have believed for a while now that I am ready for the challenge of performing mission work.  When, where, and how are questions that I have asked myself.  Through much prayer and support from my family and friends, I started researching different mission opportunities to participate in after college.  While searching, I found the Salesian Lay Missioners as a wonderful opportunity.”

Matt Bauer

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Bowling Green State University Home Bowling Green Ohio Work Don Bosco Juba Gumbo South Sudan
Biography

God wants us to help those in need, so I want to do God’s will. I’m also worried that if I don’t do something immediately after college, I start settling into a life of complacency, and not living completely for God. I figure that if I dedicate a year of my life and go off to another country to serve, I would be doing all right.

Connor Bergeron

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DeSales University Home Herndon Virginia Work Misión San Carlos Yapacaní Bolivia
Biography

I want to serve because I’ve been so blessed and want to share my joy and experience and love of Christ and his Church with those who need it. I am 24 and I do not want to follow the expected career route that society expects me to follow. I feel this is a better use of life. I’ve been praying on this I hope this what the Lord is asking of me.

Amanda Cisneros

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St. Edward's University Home Austin Texas Work Don Bosco Skills Training Center for Girls Phnom Penh Cambodia Website: Visit Blog
Biography

I have honestly been thinking about this particular program for two years now. I felt so at home in India, that leaving was the hardest part. I feel like I left part of my heart there at that orphanage. I know it isn’t the same setting, but I have this feeling that I am being called to go back. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this for two years now. I need to be in community with my brothers and sisters in India again. I learned so much from my experience but two weeks wasn’t enough; I would really like to take a year to be there.

Karen Dziekonska

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Rutgers University Home West Windsor NJ Work Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia Website: Visit Blog
Biography

The Rutgers Catholic Student Association changed my life over the past three years, and I would simply like to thank God and spread His love by serving others. God put many people in my life to bring me to where I am today and worked through them to show me His love for me, even in the darkest time, He shined light through, and I would like to give back and be His light for others. I am very passionate about doing hands on things for others. I never knew that I had the power to change the lives of other just by being myself and loving God. The first spring break trip I want on with the CSA was to Nazareth Farm, West Virginia. It was very structures and Catholic based. We talked about The Catholic Social Teachings, had organized prayer three times a day and served different people in the community each day. I learned how to build a roof, and a wheelchair ramp and cook a full meal for 80 people out of the simplest ingredients. At that point, I though all I could give were my hands and the work they did, but I knew people needed more and I didn’t know how to give it to them. Going on that spring break trip and one the following year changed that. About six months after the spring break service trip the following year to North Carolina, our group received a beautiful message form one of the people that helped us with shingling a roof. His family was Catholic, but life’s events led him to believe that God was no longer preset in his life and they led him on a path of wrong choices that were spiraling out of control. His message said that seeing his “Rutgers family” so full of love and fire for God led him back to the faith. We were ourselves on that room, singing praise and full of joy. Him seeing us just who we are led him back to our Heavenly Father. There is so much pain and hurt in third world countries, I want to make sure every child knows the love our Heavenly Father has for them. Like for the man from North Carolina who lost all hope in the Lord, but gained it back from nine college students that loved him as Christ does, I want to serve the Lord and bring His love to all that need it around the world.

Maggie Hutchison

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John Carroll University Home Gibsonia PA Work Don Bosco Skills Training Center for Girls Phnom Penh Cambodia Website: Visit Blog
Biography

I long to continue my service to others. My passions lie in love of others and the world around me. I find life in helping others and I learn most when I work with others. I hope to learn new skills, new cultural ways and new ways to communicate with people. I want to learn more about humanity, the economic and spiritual struggles and about myself. I love experiencing new cultures and I really hope to embrace my surroundings and get to know people from a new local community on a personal and professional basis.

Jennifer Kennymore

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University of Northern Colorado Home Maryville MO Work Mary Help of Christians Center Tampa Florida
Biography

Serving is something I feel I have been called to do for quite some time but life has always seemed to get in the way… Graduate school, paying of student loans, etc. Now that those things are taken care of and I have some professional experience under my belt, I feel like the time is right. I have been incredibly blessed throughout my life and I would like to pay it forward/give back. I would like to help others and for some reason it has been on my heart to help others internationally. I would appreciate an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people I have never met and to share the love of Christ with them.

Kevin Kho

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University of Notre Dame Home Notre Dame Indiana Work Don Bosco Technical/HS Gumbo South Sudan Website: Visit Blog
Biography

In discerning my vocation, I have found that just as Jesus freely gave Himself to humanity through His incarnation, death, and resurrection, we are called to freely and completely give of ourselves to others. It is not enough for us to receive the love of Christ, for in this way we are not truly opening ourselves to the love of God. We cannot respond to this love by receiving it and keeping it for ourselves. The grasping hand is never filled. When we grasp onto the love, we are not open to receiving it. Our hands and our beings must be open and let go of the love that God gives to us in order for us to continue receiving His love. In keeping ourselves open, we allow for God’s love to flow through us and into others. The right response to this love is to, in turn, share the same love with others. As the Lord has changed us through His kenosis, so too, we must change others and radiate God in our own kenosis. It is this love and self gift to others that I feel I am called to through service.

Theresa Kiblinger

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Rockhurst University/Research College of Nursing Home Cape Girardeau MO Work Don Bosco Afia Polyclinique Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of Congo Website: Visit Blog
Biography

Service has always been a vital part of my life. I began helping serve my community with my parents when I was two years old, and service has been a part of my life ever since. I currently attend a Jesuit University and one of the main ideals is service to one another. Through my schooling I have been blessed with many various volunteer opportunities through which I have met some incredible members of the community. Service is now a natural part of my daily life. I have been discerning doing service after graduation for a while now, and I feel like this is really what God is calling me to do for the next chapter of my life. I want to continue to live out a life of service, a life of love, and what better time than the present? I feel like this is the perfect time to live out the mission of serving God’s children throughout the world.

Jaime Korsgaden

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CSU Long Beach Home Stockton CA Work Hogar Casa Maín Santa Cruz Bolivia Blog: Visit Blog
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I feel called to sacrifice my comfortable life and give more of myself to God in service of others.

Kelsey Lamb

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Eastern Michigan University Home Belmont North Carolina Work Hogar Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia
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I really love the idea of doing mission work and taking an entire year out of my life just to serve others. I’ve always wanted to work in an orphanage because five of my siblings are adopted, so I have a passion for children in orphanages/foster homes. It’s just something that’s been on my heart for a long time, and this would probably be my last opportunity to do a long-term mission trip.

Becky Lograsso

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Southeast Missouri State University Home St. Louis MO Work Hogar Casa Maín Santa Cruz Bolivia Blog: Visit Blog
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I truly believe that God is calling me to serve for at least a year internationally. It has been a dream of mine for awhile to go abroad for at least a year, and through prayer, I have discovered that this is how the Lord wants me live abroad. I am truly passionate about service, and I have found lately that being detached to material possessions is one of the greatest freedoms I could have. I believe that a year or more of service will help me deepen my relationship with God and also give me even more of that freedom from material things.

Emmanuel Mendez

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University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Home Aguada PR Work Mision San Francisco Xavier Okinawa Bolivia
Biography

“I got tired of watching so much need in the world and doing nothing. I know Jesus wants me to go and help in any way to those who are in need. I just want to share the love and happiness He has shared with me. There is something in helping others that makes me that much closer to the love of God.  I know that Jesus is present in each and one of the children the SLM’s are helping and I want to be part of that.”

Adam Pizzaia

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Rutgers University Home Jackson NJ Work Misión San Carlos Yapacaní Bolivia Website: Visit Blog
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I desire to serve because I want to dedicate a year of my life to God. God has blessed me so much with countless amazing gifts. I want to be more thankful for what I have and for the things that I take for granted. I want to live and help the poor to the best of my ability. I also want to experience living in another culture and I think this is a wonderful way. I am currently discerning God’s plan that he has for me. I want to show God that I can go all in with him and trust him. I know that whatever vocation God has planned for me in my life, it will make me most happy. I just have to trust him. I hope that on this Mission trip God will reveal more of his plan for me. I certainly want to be placed at a site that will help my spiritual life grow more and also help give clarity to my vocational discernment.

Gabbi Poetzl

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Arizona State University Home Phoenix AZ Work Hogar Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia Website: Visit Blog
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After completing El Camino de Santiago, I felt God reaffirmed my initial desire to volunteer in Latin America with a Catholic organization. I want to experience a simple lifestyle and grow my relationship with Jesus Christ with the support of other believers who share similar goals.

Clare Pressimone

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Cabrini College Home Philadelphia PA Work Don Bosco School - Teuk Thla Phnom Penh Cambodia Blog: Visit Blog
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I would like to serve in order to use the skills and knowledge that I have acquired to help those most in need. I know that there are many people who can benefit if I give my time and energy to assist them, but I also know that I will benefit from interacting with them just as much, if not even more so.

Brittany Redmond

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United States Military Academy Home West Point NY Work Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia
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There are a lot of factors contributing to my desire to serve. One, I’m trying to selflessly serve others and gain a better relationship with God, as well as better interpersonal skills. I have been blessed with so much, and sometimes I forget that here, so it’d be nice to give back to people who don’t have as much (and feel like I’m making a difference and figure stuff out). I could conceivably take a year off from school to do the mission, hopefully get better at either Spanish or french if I’m so lucky to be placed in an international location, and then continue my west point experience after a year.

Stephanie Schaub

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Salesian Lay Missioner Saint Mary's University Work Colegio San Francisco Xavier Okinawa Bolivia Home Winona MN Blog: Visit Blog
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“I want to show everyone I meet the love that God has for them and to be an instrument of God by doing His work. I want to bring a smile to everyone I meet.”

Sarah Taylor

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Belmont Abbey College Home Thomasville NC Work Don Bosco School Teuk Thla Phnom Penh Cambodia Website: Visit Blog
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God definitely has given me a deep desire to serve the Church and give all of myself in service to Him and to the whole body of Christ. I am in a unique position in my life to be in my mid-twenties and to be single and without any children etc. I definitely believe that God has given me this opportunity so that I can fully serve His Church in missions and offer myself in ways that others with families may not be able to. I am ready to answer that call and give myself in service to the Lord and to His people; wherever that may take me and whatever that may mean.

Cara Welker

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Vanderbilt University Home Nashville Tennessee Work Hogar Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia Website: Visit Blog
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Last year, I felt called by God to give a year of my life to focus on serving Him and his poor, as well as continuing to further develop in my faith, before attending graduate school.

Monica Wheeler

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Home Springfield KY Work St. Dominic Savio School Bellflower California
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I have long felt a strong desire to help those (especially children) who have not experienced the wonderfully blessed life I have. I want to care in a real, tangible, way the hungry, thirsty, naked, imprisoned and sick who Jesus commanded us to.

Ariel Zarate

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Lewis University Home Oak Lawn IL Work Don Bosco Manguo Maridi South Sudan
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“Helping others and seeing the world does me more good than I can ever do another person. This is an often repeated and cliché idea but it is one I firmly believe. I can say honestly that the appreciation, experience and love I have gotten from those I have served and served with is immeasurable. I hope to be able to share this with those I serve too.”