• April 29, 2015

Back to where it all began

Brittany and Jennifer

From April 17 to April 19 a Re-Entry Weekend was held in our Brooklyn Center. Alumnae Brittany Koepke shares a few thoughts about her expe­ri­ence par­tic­i­pating in it.

“After 14 months on mis­sion in Ecuador, I couldn’t be more appre­cia­tive that my first stop in the States was in Brooklyn, NY-the place where it all began. The last time I saw Jennifer Gary was during our Heart’s Home mis­sion for­ma­tion together. But we have both returned from mis­sion now and were able to share our expe­ri­ences (in Ecuador and the Ukraine) with one another. That was a true gift for me. And I went to mass and the Ukrainian icon exhibit with familiar faces, friends of Heart’s Home, that I had met some 18 months before.

Getting to reunite with my Heart’s Home family in the States made the tran­si­tion coming home much smoother. I got to spend 5 days with people who have all been on mis­sion with Heart’s Home, who have all lived some­thing sim­ilar to what I had in Ecuador, and many of whom have decided to ded­i­cate their whole life to the mis­sion of com­pas­sion. We each play our role within the family -priests, sis­ters, lay con­se­crates, frat mem­bers, and vol­un­teers. What struck me the most in my 5 days in Brooklyn is that I will always have a Heart’s Home family. We will always have that some­thing common and under­stood between us. And that binds us together even though we may be phys­i­cally apart.”

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