Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Goal of Program
Maryknoll Lay Missioners are individuals, couples and families compelled by faith to engage with people across cultures and ethnicities. Maryknoll lay missioners are brought together by a vision of justice, compassion and dignity for all creation responding to basic needs and promoting active non-violence and healing. We live, love and work with marginalized communities and people in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Based in the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, missioners currently serve in the areas of active non-violence, healthcare, children and adults living with disabilities, sustainable development, environmental justice, migrants/refugees and more. Maryknoll Lay Missioners uphold and are transformed by the values of simple living, community, joy, inclusion, and humility.
Type of Placement
Missioners currently serve in the areas of active non-violence, healthcare, children and adults living with disabilities, sustainable development, environmental justice, migrants/refugees and more.
Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, Kenya-South Sudan, Tanzania, and US-Mexico Border.
3.5 years, renewable. In addition to the 3.5 year placements in all service areas, 2.5 year placement options are also available in Tanzania, Bolivia, and El Salvador.
The total number of members worldwide is approximately 50. The number varies in each region.
Age 21 years and older; single individuals, married couples, families (with one or two children 8 years old or younger), Brothers, Deacons, Priests and Sisters.
Missioners receive a stipend covering living expenses; health insurance; student loan re-payment; transportation to/from mission country. Missioners support organization fundraising.
Living arrangements are largely up to the missioner, based on how they are most likely to thrive during their time in mission. Missioners may choose to live alone or with other missioners, with volunteers from other programs, with local families, with religious communities, etc. Couples and families have private housing options.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers 8-12 weeks of pre-departure orientation, in-country language and culture training, and reentry programming.
Priority due date for preliminary application is Jan. 15
Karen Bortvedt Estrada
P. O. Box 307
Maryknoll, NY 10545
Phone: 914 467-8857
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