Brother Patrick Bradley, FSC, shares what it has been like to return to New York City after being missioned to the Philippines and Vietnam for a combined 7 years. Brother Patrick talks about how it’s been to take part in the 10-day Re-entry Workshop offered by From Mission to Mission.
Our Board President, Michelle Scheidt, recently contributed a wonderful article about the work of societal and spiritual transformation in this moment to the LCWR journal. She and the journal are allowing us to share the article with you. Please enjoy!
Sister Anna Marie Reha, SSND, Provincial Councilor for the School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Central Pacific Province shares her experience of From Mission to Mission as a participant in the 10 Day Re-Entry Workshop and how she has engaged From Mission to Mission to work with the sisters in her congregation in the areas of mission re-entry, life transition and interculturality.
Keri Gardner experienced the From Mission to Mission re-entry workshop when she returned from her service as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Keri shares how her experience helped her in her own transition and how now, in her role as Community Coordinator for MVC international volunteers, From Mission to Mission is a critical partner in offering support to MVC volunteers before, during and after their service experiences.
Sister Lillian Sullivan, CSC, is a Sister of the Holy Cross and returned to the United States after a combined 27 years as a missionary in Uganda and Israel. Sister Lillian shares how the 10-Day Re-entry Workshop offered by From Mission to Mission has benefited her in her transition and how she sees the workshop being beneficial for people like her returning from many years, those returning after just a few years, and those transitioning from either from overseas missionary service or, within the US, from one ministry to another after many years.
Brother Bede Baldry, FSC, De La Salle Christian Brother and former From Mission to Mission Board Member, shares his experience returning to the United States after being missioned to Kenya for eight years. Brother Bede talks about how the From Mission to Mission 10-Day Re-entry Workshop helped him understand that feeling lost during transition was normal, and that he could make sense of his mission experience and find “life after mission” by sharing his story. Brother Bede reflects on how experiencing the From Mission to Mission workshop helped him deepen his sense of connection with himself, his community, and the church.
Katie Mulembe is the Associate Director at Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN). Katie shares how CVN has partnered with From Mission to Mission from its earliest years, tapping into the expertise and wisdom of years of serving missioners and volunteers in transition. Katie highlights the partnership that CVN and From Mission to Mission have undertaken to bring From Mission to Mission’s expertise in transition to the world of short-term mission trips. Katie shares that what makes From Mission to Mission special is their relational and collaborative approach.
Sister Catherine Madigan, DC, a Daughter of Charity of Saint Vincent DePaul, is a returned missionary after nine years in Kenya. Sister Karen shares about her experience of the 10-Day Re-entry Workshop offered by From Mission to Mission. Sister Karen encourages other returning missionaries to take advantage of the opportunity to take time to reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going by attending the From Mission to Mission workshop. “If you really want to reflect on your mission overseas, you will want to do it with someone who has also been overseas… to get to the heart of ‘how was I changed’ from this experience?”
Lara Torii served as a Good Shepherd Volunteer for three years in New York City, Malaysia and Thailand. When she returned, she participated in a From Mission to Mission 10 Day workshop. In this video testimonial, Lara shares how the experience helped her regain her focus and incorporate the values she had lived with intention during her years as a GSV into her life back in the United States.
Fr. Virgil Petermeier, OSC, a Crosier and returned missionary after over 35 years in Papua, shares his experience of From Mission to Mission as a participant in the 10 Day Re-Entry Workshop and how it benefited him in his transition back to the United States.