Saturday, May 13, 2006

Intro for Leslee Simms

Hi Everyone,

I'm Leslee Simms and like most of the rest of the group I am also a convert to Catholicism. However, my story is not quite so interesting as some of the rest. My mother was raised Catholic but then left the Church around the time I was born, so I was basically raised without much religion. My family and I started to go to Church when I was in middle school and I fell in love immediately. My home church, Sacred Heart, is absolutly amazing.

Then when I was a junior in high school I went to World Youth Day and get to see Pope John Paul II, who I am convinced is now a saint. That was the most amazing experience of my life and I came away fairly well convinced that I was called to become a sister.

So, I decided to go to a Catholic college, the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota (by the way I am from Silt, Colorado). I had an amazing freshmen year and while I was at school I become involved with the pro-life group on campus. I guess I had always been pro-life in spirit but had never really done much about it in principle. But once I saw some of the pictures of aborted fetuses and spent some time praying outside a clinic I knew I had to do something. Then I saw a flyer for the Crusade, so I signed up and had the most amazing and spirtually enriching summer of my life.

After spending so much time last summer praying at clinics and seeing the pain and horror that goes on there, I knew that I had to keep working in this battle. I know that if we pray enough somehow, someday, by the grace of God our culture will be one of life and not death. So, I am trying to do my part this summer and I pray that God will use me as He see fits.

I look forward to meeting/ re-meeting all of you. Until then you are in my prayers.

Peace,

Leslee

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Who we are?

Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

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.