VIDES+USA has just completed our June 2018 Formation Service Camp! At the camp we trained two volunteers to prepare them for their respective mission placements over the next year. VIDES+USA offers this formation camp twice a year (in January and June) for all prospective missionaries with the program. VIDES+USA offers placements for lay missionaries in over 100 countries around the world. The program provides the opportunity to integrate faith and service for short, medium, and long term time periods.
On Sunday, June 17, 2018, Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI celebrated a Commissioning Mass as a send-off for the two new VIDES volunteers. Julianna Lewis, of Houston, Texas, will be serving in Colombia and Geneva and Erica Hudson, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, will be serving in Geneva and Ethiopia this coming year. The beautiful celebration included the presentation of missioner crosses blessed with a cross given to Bishop Michael Pfeifer by St. Pope John Paul II. Afterwards, the volunteers, Bishop Michael Pfeifer, Sister MaryGloria Mar (VIDES+USA Director), and the sisters shared in a special lunch celebration together. Please keep the VIDES volunteers in your prayers as they go forth on their missions!