This year again we were able to hold two Orientation programs for young Americans who are going on mission with Heart’s Home. The first one was held in July and welcomed Judy S. who is now volunteering in the Philippines, Brooke B. who is currently in Argentina, Michael B. who just arrived in Brazil and Hannah S. who was the first to leave for her mission in Chile.
The second one took place in September and gathered Jessica K. who was the first to leave for Thailand, Michelle Ci. who is now in Peru and will soon be joined by Tim H., Maria V. who left for Honduras on October 15th and Monette M. who is now in Romania.
It is always an intense time for our Community here in Brooklyn and a real joy to meet in a deeper way the Missionaries before they leave for their mission. It is amazing to see the diversity of them and how the Holy Spirit calls each one from all over the United States!
The Orientation Program is made up of talks about the three main pillars of our life: Prayer Life, Community Life and Compassion. Movies and Schools of Community are also part of the Training as well as cooking classes, cleaning times, games together in the park or on the beach. We also spent three days in the ICCC where all the missionaries felt right at home and enjoyed meeting our founder Father Thierry de Roucy. Altogether it is the introduction to a very simple life made up of prayer, outreach in our neighborhoods, reflection about the charism of Compassion, and a lot of joyful moments shared together. And finally it is about becoming friends and understanding we are part of the same Family!
"About my training, I feel that it was the very best thing I could have done to prepare for my mission. I was able to take time to pray and rest while learning all about the charism and lifestyle of Heart’s Home. I was able to take time to think about the commitment I was making and focus on why. I came away feeling much more ready." Maria V.
"For me, the training session in NY was my first chance to experience the life of a Heart’s Home missionary. From morning prayer to evening prayer, I was able to share in the apostolates and friendships of the community in Brooklyn. This helped deepen my understanding of the Heart’s Home charism of compassion in addition to the the lessons and writings of Fr. Thierry. It also gave me the opportunity to transition from my old life as a software engineer to my new life as a Heart’s Home volunteer. I now feel much more prepared and eagerly look forward to my mission in Barrios Altos, Peru." Timothy H.