Annie Burns

Year Joined MKLM: 2016
Country: Bolivia
City: Cochabamba
Focus: Education and Health

PERSONAL DATA:

Annie is a 2016 graduate of Loyola University Chicago, with degrees in Business Management and Theology. While studying at Loyola, she immersed herself in the Ignatian tradition, working in Mission and Identity, participating in many Ministry sponsored retreats and events, and engaging in conversation and friendship with people experiencing homelessness on the streets of Chicago. She has visited El Salvador three times to build relationships with and learn from her Salvadoran sisters and brothers. Since graduation she has worked for FutureChurch, a church renewal organization headquartered in her hometown, Cleveland, Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys writing letters, singing, solving puzzles, and hanging out with her dog, Choca.

CURRENT MINISTRY:

Annie’s current ministry serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She accompanies individuals ranging from 8 years old to 48 years old as they play sports, dance, practice cooking and cleaning, and learn basic skills that will allow them to become increasingly independent. The context of these activities is EIFODEC, a school aimed at integrating physical activity, artistic expression, and intellectual stimulation for the furthering of each person’s human rights. Annie was recently asked by the community to provide remedial support in handwriting and basic math skills, as well as a small course on computer use, during the upcoming semester. She looks forward to growing in relationship with her students and her Bolivian colleagues as her time in mission continues.