On July 24 thirteen candidates for this year’s batch of Salesian Lay Missioners began their orientation at Salesian Missions. Their first week introduced them more deeply to Don Bosco, the Salesians, the Preventive System, safe environment practices, and cross-cultural issues.
Julie Lupien led the SLMs through cross-cultural training for four days at Salesian Missions.
This week (August 3-7) the candidates are doing practical service in Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary Parish at Port Chester, all getting experience in both the day camp and the soup kitchen. Next week (August 9-15) they’ll join the Salesian retreat at Haverstraw, which will culminate in their commissioning. All the weeks include recreational and social activities, of course, in addition to the “serious” material. The group of eight women and five men has quickly become a Salesian family.
The candidates come from Arizona, California (3), Florida, Massachusetts (3), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and are tentatively destined for Bolivia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Tampa.
Returned SLMs Amber Kraft, Manny Mendez, and Matt Bauer are assisting Adam Rudin and Fr. Mark Hyde with the orientation.
|Some of the SLMs
enjoy a volleyball-variation game |
at Salesian HS’s pool and picnic area on August 5.