Samantha Kominiarek is from Massachusetts and graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education. She is now doing a year of service with the Assumption Mission Associates in Chaparral, New Mexico. Sammy is enjoying learning more about this beautiful border community. 

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Superhero Assumption Sisters use their 'powers' to empower others

Notes from the Field - Through their work and presence in the community of Chaparral, the sisters' power is that they guide people toward discovering hope through love and accompaniment.

Chaparral experiences have expanded my heart

Notes from the Field - My heart is full of so much more love because of the people I have met as an Assumption Mission Associate in New Mexico and because of the experiences we have shared. 

A season full of gratitude (all the Thanksgivings)

Notes from the Field - I started to panic a little at the start of November when I realized my Thanksgiving celebration would be different this year because I would not be with my family.

Invitations to believe in better things

Notes from the Field - In Chaparral and El Paso, many people have brought light and love into my life. I am trying to bring hope to others by being present, giving hugs, listening and showing up for others.