Thursday, May 11, 2006
Intro for David Dufresne
Hello all! I am David Dufresne. As Divine Providence would have it, I will not be on the road this summer- as much as that pains me. This will actually be the first of three summers that I will not spend out in the streets doing what I love to do.
We were planning on it, but the Lord made it pretty clear that our goals were too ambitious. Several months ago we had to cancel the planned West Coast project. I suppose you simply cannot get all this together in under four months with no money! Praise God.
That being said, I will not be inactive. All that energy has to go somewhere! I will be working tirelessly behind the scenes to help the Missionaries walk in the Northeast. Emailing press releases, making sure they have a place to stay, getting gas cards, keeping the books, coordinating meetings... All of work needs to get done. Normally people on the road are able to do most of it, but if at all possible the they focus on their mission: evangelizing. So, although it is not my preference to be tied behind a computer and phone this summer, I can see the hand of the Lord in this decision and embrace that cross.
So that is a little bit about what I will be doing, and now for a little on who I am. Well, lets just say if I were able to do it all over again, I would be in the Swiss Guard!
I am a convert, 23 years old. My conversion came about through a crisis pregnancy when I was 17. I wanted to pressure the mother into an abortion. Praise God she was strong enough to keep the child, who is now 5 living in the mid-west with lovely adoptive parents. Needless to say, I was not living a good lifestyle then. In fact, at that point, I was a "devout" communist and athiest. It was through experiencing the miracle of life that I noticed that there was a God and I was not Him. After that, the rest of the way was long, but in the end, easy. It was only the Catholic Church that cliamed to have the fullness of Truth. It was only the Catholic Church that has unchanging teachings. It was only the Catholic Church that claims to be the one true Church. So that was that, and the rest, as they say, is history.
I am a founding memeber of the Missionaries of the Eucharist, whose birthday was December 8th, the fest of the Immaculate Conception! I am also the director of youth ministries at my local parish.
More to come. This should be good for now. I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone at orientation better. It should be a rockin good time! Three cheers for everyone who is busting their tail to make it happen!!
Who we are?
Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.
We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.