Current SLMs

Erin Arnold

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College of Southern Maryland Hometown Brandywine MD Mission Site Don Bosco School Mekanessa Ethiopia Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“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.”

Natalie Baker

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Saint Vincent College Hometown Springfield PA Mission Site Centro Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“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 Beben

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The Catholic University of America Hometown Washington NJ Mission Site Don Bosco Gambella Gambella Ethiopia Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“I have been blessed in so many ways and would love to help others.  Another reason is because I believe that it is important for everyone to experience life in another country.  I have found this to be a humbling and positive experience.  At this point in my life I have the ability to move anywhere and do anything.  I truly want to serve for a year or two in order to help others, grow as a person, and grow in my relationship with God.”

Charlene Becicka

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Loras College Hometown Charles City IA Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. I heartily agree with this claim and desire to live a life that supports such a societal vision. Because of the innate value of each person, I desire to uphold the dignity of all, especially the impoverished and vulnerable through education and service. “

Trina Botelho

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Northwest Community College Hometown Terrace Canada Mission Site Don Bosco Skills Training Center for Girls Phnom Penh Cambodia
Personal Statement:

“I can’t pinpoint a particular date but I have always known in my heart that one day I wanted to do some kind of mission work.  I have been very blessed in my life and have been given so much.  My whole life I knew I wanted to be a teacher and go to a Christian University and everything just seemed to work out for me.  I have a wonderful, loud, Portuguese family who instilled in me strong morals and the priority of living out your faith.  I’ve always hoped that one day I could give a year just for God to help my brothers and sisters around the world.”

Caitlin Carey

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Franciscan University Hometown Huntington Beach CA Mission Site BREADS: Don Bosco Hospet Hospet India
Personal Statement:

“I believe there are few things more radical than moving to a foreign country to work with God’s children who are underprivileged and in despair, to show others their dignity that many in the word deny them, and to completely give of oneself. “

Veronica Coe

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Loyola Marymount University Hometown Benicia CA Mission Site Mary Help of Christians Center Tampa FL Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“Service is not for others, it is with others. “For” implies that someone is higher up or more influential than other. However, when we serve, we do not know the circumstances of the people we are with. Hence, “with” is a more appropriate term because it brings to life the justice and hope that each individual deserves. I cannot articulate why specifically why I want to serve, it is just a part of the way I want to live my life.”

Semhar Dory

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Loyola Marymount University Hometown Anaheim Hills CA Mission Site Don Bosco School Mekanessa Ethiopia Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“With all I have and all I have learned, I feel especially called at this point in my life to pay it forward. I have been touched by so many people throughout my 21 years of life that I can say with the utmost confidence, that I would not be the person I am today without them. I would love to be that same light for others and watch as the light ignites into flames of fire burning with passion for the things they live for: to watch children grow and discover that they themselves have the ability to change and to change others and watch as they pay it forward too. “

Michael Gotta

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Franciscan University of Steubenville Hometown Steubenville OH Mission Site Don Bosco Juba Juba South Sudan Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“I have reached a point in my life where I realize I need to take the knowledge and gifts God has given me over the last four years and become more a servant in a more giving of self kind of way. I want to serve, and although I know I probably gain more from mission work than anyone else, I feel called to minister to the greater Catholic Church in this way.”

Julie McCormick

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Michigan State University Hometown Traverse City MI Mission Site Mision San Francisco Xavier Okinawa Bolivia Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“For as long as I can remember I have tried to live my faith through my actions and through the values of faith, humility and love my family has brought me up with.  Mother Theresa said, ‘Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength.’ “

Emmanuel Mendez

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University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Hometown Aguada PR Mission Site Mision San Francisco Xavier Okinawa Bolivia
Personal Statement:

“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.”

Antoinette Moncrieff

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Washtenaw Community College Hometown Ypsilanti MI Mission Site Hogar Sagrado Corazon Montero Bolivia Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“I have always wanted to be a foreign missionary and have always had a special place in my heart for children, especially children from troubled backgrounds and abusive situation.  I have had a strong desire for some time now to work in an orphanage and take care of the children who have no one to love them.”

Matt Pirrall

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DeSales University Hometown Schwenksville PA Mission Site BREADS Bangalore Bangalore India Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“I had two amazing, life changing, experiences on both of my service trips to India, but each time felt as though I could serve longer and use my skills in other ways to better serve the needs of the poor in that country. I feel as though the Salesian Lay Missioners would allow me the opportunity to become more immersed in the vibrant culture and actually be able to use my skills to discover more about myself while striving to serve others. My experiences on previous service trips have instilled me with a passion for travel and service, and a recognition for the need of education as an instrument of change in impoverished communities.”

Michelle Ross

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Salesian Lay Missioner

Gonzaga University Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia Hometown Kirkland WA Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“It has always been by dream to live and work in an orphanage and be a Catholic loving presence to the youth. There is no better group than the Salesians to work with in desiring to achieve these goals. I hope to see Christ in the face of every child, build trusting relationships with the girls, lead them closer to Christ, and make sure they know how much they are worth and loved!”

Pat Sabol

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Franciscan University Hometown Wayne PA Mission Site Don Bosco Juba Juba South Sudan Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“I would love to serve where I can live a simple life in community with people of another culture for I know how much I will learn and grow through this experience.  As much as I will gain from it I believe that I have a lot to give as well.  I understand that being a missionary will be very difficult and demanding but this does not fill me with fear in the slightest.  I know that it will only make me a stronger man and will increase my love for the Lord and strengthen my relationship with Him.”

Stephanie Schaub

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Salesian Lay Missioner

Saint Mary's University Mission Site Colegio San Francisco Xavier Okinawa Bolivia Hometown Winona MN Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“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.”

Robert Sene

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Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble INPG Hometown Surrey Canada Mission Site Don Bosco Gambella Gambella Ethiopia
Personal Statement:

“Mother Teresa said, “I see God in every human being.” Seeking God in others is my main motivation for this mission. It’s my way to build an intimate relationship with God, based on trust and love. I desire to not be afraid of surrendering myself to God. I want to be helped, through this kind of experience, to be a better loving Christian.”

Shannon Tipton

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College of St. Elizabeth Hometown Woodbridge VA Mission Site Our Lady of Prompt Succor Westwego LA Blog: Visit Blog
Personal Statement:

“I feel called to serve as a missionary after graduation and have been looking for faith-based programs that involve a commitment to social justice, charity, and community living. I want to be a part of an active change to better the lives of others and to be surrounded with individuals committed to spiritual growth and development.”

Ariel Zarate

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Lewis University Hometown Oak Lawn IL Mission Site Don Bosco Manguo Maridi South Sudan
Personal Statement:

“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.”