Here below is an article published in the Kairos Catholic Journal of the Archdiocese of Melbourne about Leeanne G., first-ever Heart’s Home Australian missionary, who left for a 14-month mission in Philippines in December 2009.
A home for the heart
Written by Rebecca Comini - Sunday, 13 December 2009
St Peter Chanel Deer Park parishioner Leeanne Grima has packed her bags and moved to the Philippines to become a missionary.
In doing so, the 24-year-old has become the first Australian to volunteer with missionary organisation Heart’s Home, which has 35 homes in 20 countries across four continents.
From being a youth leader in her parish, and also through her involvement with a Christian development agency, Leeanne felt a calling to “do something more”.
“I’ve been fairly involved within two parts of faith activity: leading the young people in our parish; and living out the call to assist the poor through my work. I’ve had a long-held desire to pursue something overseas, voluntary. More recently that had taken a turn through prayer. I think it’s about doing something deeper for Jesus.”
After researching different missionary organisations, Leeanne stumbled across Heart’s Home. Founded in 1990, Heart’s Home offers young Catholics (aged 21 to 35) the chance to dedicate at least 14 months to serving the poor, with a focus on children, in developing countries or poor areas of Western countries.
“I was very drawn to their charism and mission as it was presented on their website,” Leeanne said. “Their charism is about being and loving – being a presence of God’s love in some of the most deprived communities in the world. That’s not just in poor countries. There are also homes in the US and France.”