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Franciscan Friday: Welcome, Shenelle!


We extend a warm welcome to our summer intern: Shenelle Sanoir!

After joining our office this week, Shenelle Sanoir will be working at Franciscan Mission Service throughout the summer and gaining first-hand experience in nonprofit leadership.

A Maryland resident, Shenelle is a rising senior at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia where she studies International Business. A student leader at MU’s Campus Ministry program, she coordinated several service events during this past school year such as the annual spring break service trip. During this upcoming school year, she will be leading Bible studies on campus.

“FMS is a great organization, and I admire their mission purpose of living in solidarity with the poor,” says Shenelle, “In hopes of working in the nonprofit sector, interning for FMS will give me an opportunity to learn and experience what goes on behind the scenes of a nonprofit mission-based organization.”

After a freshman year mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Shenelle discovered a love for service. She chose to major in International Business to potentially work in the international nonprofit sector. While she has some knowledge about the Franciscan charism, she is looking forward to learning more.

“I identity with [Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati’s] character of selflessness and courage to seek those who were are in need.”

“Along with the Franciscan value of simplicity, I also really like the emphasis on building relationships. A disciple’s purpose is not about converting someone or telling someone what is right or wrong. Rather, it is about taking the time to build meaningful relationships that not only help me learn more about someone else, but also helps me learn more about myself and grow as a daughter of Christ,” says Shenelle.

For recreation, Shenelle enjoys long-distance running and recently finished her second half marathon in April.

Welcome, Shenelle!

Fun Fact: “I was born on the Caribbean island Trinidad and Tobago.”

Favorite saint: Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. His generosity and humility is a great example for young people. He was a lay person who lived out his life as a disciple with great joy. I identity with his character of selflessness and his courage to seek out those who were in need. His greatest impact was not based off what he said, but from his holy actions.”

We prepare and support lay Catholics for two-year international, one-year domestic and 1-2 week short-term mission service opportunities in solidarity with impoverished and marginalized communities across the globe.

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