Current SLMs

Photo of Grace Anderson Grace Anderson Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hometown Dunbarton NH Mission Site Don Bosco School, Teuk Thla Phnom Penh Cambodia College Saint Anselm College

In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus declares that His disciples are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Jesus explains that the mission of His disciples is to let their light shine before others, so that others may see their good works and give glory to God. I believe that Jesus calls me also to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.…

Photo of Barbara Brzeski Barbara Brzeski Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
Mission Site Bakanja Centre Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of Congo Hometown St. Francis WI College University of Wisconsin 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 Drew Garvey Drew Garvey Ramsey, NJ
Hometown Jackson MO Mission Site Don Bosco Preparatory High School Ramsey NJ College Southeast Missouri State University

I would like to serve because my number one desire is to serve God. I am seeking to answer God’s call and I believe He is calling me to a special type of service. I have this strong desire in my heart to help those who truly need help. I have only done a brief amount of traveling, but in those travels and in those missions I have looked into the faces of those who need help.…

Photo of Alison Gil Alison Gil Lufubu, Zambia
Hometown Beckley WV Mission Site Don Bosco Lufubu Lufubu Zambia College Wheeling Jesuit

When I was 11 I visited Bolivia with my family. Children in Bolivia sell tissues for coins to survive. We were having dinner and a little girl who was maybe 5 or 6 years old approached our table and offered us tissues. My grandmother asked her to sit with us and have dinner but the little girl refused.…

Photo of Martin Gonzalez Martin Gonzalez Lufubu, Zambia
Mission Site Agricultural Training Center Lufubu Zambia Hometown Lawndale CA College Bryman College

I believe we all have a mission to serve our Lord, God’s kingdom is a kingdom of love, and I feel called to spread his message of love. God has blessed me with a loving heart, and I want to bring Our Lord’s love to those that are poor and in need. I truly believe that it is in giving that we receive, my passion in life is to see others smile and feel loved.…

Photo of Michael Gordon Michael Gordon Da Lat, Vietnam
Mission Site Don Bosco Da Lat Da Lat Vietnam Hometown Sault Ste. Marie MI College Lake Superior State University

I want to learn to practice an active Catholicism and develop a dynamic faith and resolute conscience strengthened by a broader world view. I want to have an experience that will influence the way I prioritize my thoughts and actions throughout my adult life. I was drawn to the Salesian Lay Missioners because I have felt a unique connection with Saint John Bosco since I was very young; he was my confirmation saint.…

Photo of Ryan Griffin Ryan Griffin Da Lat, Vietnam
Hometown Abilene TX Mission Site Don Bosco Da Lat Da Lat Vietnam College Franciscan University of Steubenville Blog: Visit Blog

St. Irenaeus described God’s glory best in his adage, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” Because I’m loved by God, I want to spread Christ’s joy. I’ve joined the Salesian Lay Missioners as an opportunity to grow in and spread Christ’s joy. Don Bosco, a Salesian priest and educator, lived the “Gospel of Joy” with the poor youth of Turin through his educational techniques and games.…

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 Sarah Loos Sarah Loos Mary Help of Christians Center
Mission Site Mary Help of Christians Center Tampa FL Hometown Cape Girardeau MO College Truman State University

I joined the Salesian Lay Missioner because I want to give myself to helping others.  By being an SLM I hope to be a good example to those I work with and to help them in anyway I can. I would like to serve because I think that giving to others is the best thing one can do with their life.…

Photo of Thao Nguyen Thao Nguyen Montero, Bolivia
Hometown Knoxville TN Mission Site Hogar Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia College University of Tennessee

To be honest, I first started looking at serving because I had a year off between undergraduate and graduate schools. However, as I’ve met the people within the Don Bosco family (SDBs, FMAs and SLMs), I realized that I wanted more than just a year of service to fill the gap of my life. I want to live for others, to put God as the center of my life and to not put off till tomorrow the good that I can do today because I may not have a tomorrow, in the words of St.…

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 Analese Snyder Analese Snyder Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mission Site Don Bosco School, Teuk Thla Phnom Penh Cambodia Hometown La Mesa CA College Creighton University Blog: Visit Blog

I joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program because I wish to serve the marginalized as Jesus did. I hope through being a part of the SLM program that I can prepare myself for a career in international development which will allow me to serve the most severely marginalized in developing countries.

Photo of Katie Strosnider Katie Strosnider Lufubu, Zambia
Mission Site Agricultural Training Center Lufubu Zambia Hometown Rockville MD College Catholic University of America Blog: Visit Blog

I have always felt called to serve vulnerable populations. In my experience, I have never felt so connected to Christ as when I am serving as his hands to the poor and marginalized. I have a deep desire to share Christ’s love and to help people to know their own dignity. Life is sacred, and I long for people to recognize their own worth.…

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 Bakanja Centre 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.…