Lay Mission-Helpers Association
Goal of Program:We are Lay Mission-Helpers, called by baptism to live our Catholic faith, to share our gifts and to learn from others, as we walk with those who are marginalized in our world.
Type of Placement:Our work overseas includes healthcare, education, technical and vocational training, administration, pastoral ministry, computers, etc.
Service Area:Our lay missioners work in Ecuador and Papua New Guinea. Potential new sites in Ghana and Uganda.
Service Length:Three years, renewable.
Requirements:Practicing Catholic, single, married, ages 22 to 62 years (upper age negotiable), U.S. citizen. Physical and psychological testing. College education and certification required for most positions. Work experience.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board provided overseas, stipend, medical insurance. Transportation to and from mission site. Lay missionaries expected to do some fund raising to offset costs.
Living Arrangements:Living arrangements vary. Some live alone. Some live with other members, other religious or expatriates. Couples and families have private housing options. We strive to send new lay missioners in groups of two or more to an already existing LMH community.
Program Size:Average of eight volunteers per year.
Training:Four-month preparation which includes theology, scripture, spirituality, cross cultural issues, adult development, and other workshops. Candidates live in a community house in Los Angeles during the training. Language studies provided overseas.
Application Deadline:Any time. To be considered for the August Formation Program, applications must be received by March 1st.