My first encounter with Heart’s Home began after I graduated from Gonzaga University. I had been inspired to serve and was immediately drawn to the simplicity of Heart’s Home, all we were required to do is love. I was sent on my mission to Honduras where I learned countless lessons from my neighbors, community and, especially, the children. I was told that Heart’s Home is like the Kindergarten of love; we have become very intelligent in many areas in our culture, but somehow we have missed the most basic lessons of love. I am very thankful for the calling to go on mission with Heart’s Home and am so grateful to have known all the people that I now hold in my heart from Honduras.
I have been home in Washington State for a year and a half now. Upon returning I knew that the charism of Heart’s Home, which is compassion, is what I want to continue living in my daily life. I aspire to have the same look that I strived for in Honduras, of viewing each person I meet as an opportunity to love. The Fraternity of Saint Maximilian Kolbe is for lay people who have a close friendship with Heart’s Home. Through my commitment I promise to say the rosary daily, serve somewhere in my town as an apostolate, and support Heart’s Home in any ways that I am able. We strive to follow our patron, St. Maximilan Kolbe, who loved to the very end and actually gave up his life for another in Auschwitz.
I was very moved during my commitment to be reminded of the Heart’s Home family that I have here in New York and around the world. Because Heart’s Home USA is still growing, I will be the first American to join the fraternity. I do not know exactly what being the first and only American in the Fraternity will mean for my life, but I know I must answer yes to this next step. "He took my hand and I let Him lead me." I have been contemplating this sentence recently and this is my hope. I know that I am being led somewhere and I trust in your prayers to help me follow through. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this Fraternity and I look forward to being united with you all through the mission.