On July 25, twenty young adults assembled at the Divine Compassion Retreat Center in White Plains, N.Y., to begin their orientation for missionary service as Salesian volunteers. There are 15 women and 5 men, including one married couple, and they come from the West Coast, the Midwest, the South, and the Northeast.
As usual, the SLM orientation includes getting acquainted with each other and with Don Bosco and the Salesian charism, and cross-cultural training. Next week they’ll assist at the summer day camp at Corpus Christi and Holy Rosary parishes in Port Chester, getting to know the SDBs and FMAs in action and practicing a little bit of the Preventive System. From August 10 to 16 they’ll be on retreat with SDBs at Haverstraw.
Adam Rudin, director of the Salesian Lay Missioners, is leading the orientation, assisted by two returned SLMs, Amber Kraft (Bolivia, 2009-2012) and Michelle Webb (India, 2009-2010), and Slavka Brigantova. Slavka is involved with a similar Salesian program in Slovakia. Amber and Michelle contribute their lived, practical experience, while Slavka brings a different set of experiences to the U.S. program and is keenly observing it as well.