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Vincentian Lay Missionaries celebrate 10 years

by | Jun 30, 2015 | News, Vincentian Lay Missionaries

VLM at 10Vincentian Lay Missionaries celebrate 10 years – On June 27-28 VLM alumni and their families gathered in Chicago, IL to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Vincentian Lay Missionaries. There were people present who represented all the VLM sites and years. We spent our time together reconnecting, sharing our experiences with VLM and the experiences we’ve had since VLM, and we also celebrated a special VLM mass on Sunday with Fr. Daniel Hasso, CM.

Vincentian Lay Missionaries are men and women who commit to serving the poor in Kenya or Ethiopia for 4-6 weeks.
VLM work with the Daughters of Charity in both countries to build schools and libraries, and provide additional educational opportunities for children, teachers, and community members.

Visit their website to learn more about them.

The mission of VLM is to share the Vincentian spirit with young adult Catholic men and women and to help foster systemic change in communities in Ethiopia and Kenya. Since 2005, 92 VLM have worked in seven communities in Ethiopia and Kenya.

VLM are men and women ages 21-35 who feel called to spend 4-6 weeks working alongside the Daughters of Charity in Africa. VLM live with or near the Daughters of Charity or the Vincentian Priests at all sites.

Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and possess many talents. VLM are teachers, accountants, undergraduate and graduate students, school administrators, social workers, engineers, non-profit directors, professors, lawyers, and nurses who feel called to serve those who live in poverty.

Many VLM have also participated in other post-graduate service programs including the Vincentian Service Corps, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), Vincentian Mission Corps, Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, Teach for America, and the Peace Corps.

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