• January 29, 2010

First-ever Heart’s Home Australian missionary!

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.”

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