Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Goal of Program

Maryknoll Lay Missioners are men, women, couples and families called to live and work with marginalized communities and people in Africa, Asia and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world. Based in the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, missioners serve in the fields of Health, Education Sustainable Development, Justice & Peace, and Pastoral Care – accompanying marginalized communities and challenging unjust structures that perpetuate poverty and oppression. Maryknoll lay missioners come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, but are brought together by a common desire to serve others, live simply, walk humbly, be transformed through incredible encounters with other peoples and cultures, and find spiritual growth on the sacred ground of the other.

Type of Placement

Our priority ministry areas are: health care, education, sustainable development, peace and justice, and pastoral ministry.

Service Area

Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, Kenya-South Sudan, Tanzania, and US-Mexico Border.

Service Length

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, US-Mexico Border, and El Salvador.

Program Size

The total number of members worldwide is approximately 45. The number varies in each region.


Catholic; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 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.

Financial Arrangements

Maryknoll Lay Missioners provides missioners with a stipend covering living expenses; health insurance; student loan re-payment for up to 100% of missioner's monthly loan payments while in mission; transportation to and from their country of mission. Missioners are asked to participate in the fundraising of the organization.

Living Arrangements

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 12 weeks of pre-departure orientation, in-country language and culture training, and reentry programming.

Application Deadline

Rolling deadline. Requests for Application submitted prior to May 1 given priority for year.

Start Date



Karen Bortvedt Estrada


P. O. Box 307
Maryknoll, NY 10545
Phone: 914 467-8857


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