Heart’s Home USA held an Alumni Weekend over Memorial Day Weekend 2010. Five former Volunteers were able to share their experiences in different countries (Peru, Honduras, Chile and Rumania). It was first a time of thanksgiving for God’s gifts and Presence throughout the time of mission and a time of reflection on how to live Compassion here and now in the States.
This year we chose to look at St Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr of Charity and Apostle of the Immaculate. On Sunday we welcomed Amy Koreski into the Fraternity St Maximilian Kolbe. This Fraternity for lay people is made up of all those who truly aspire to live the Heart’s Home charism in their daily life.
" It was a grace to be able to share the weekend with Landon, my fiancé. We dated throughout my mission, and although I wrote him letters while I was in Honduras and tried my best to explain the mission to him, I know that having an opportunity to hear from the other alums about their experiences helped him to understand why my mission had meant so much to me and caused so many changes in my heart.
Something even more crystallized in my heart is the role that Heart’s Home will forever play in my life. After leaving my mission in Honduras, Christ has changed me and clearly laid out a plan for my life which was redefined over the weekend. My call to a life of Compassion didn’t end when I left Latin America, but began. Now that I have returned, I am called again to love in a new, exciting way. Talking about this at the alumni weekend recharged me and I feel renewed, reminded that my Heart’s Home family is with me. " Maria