Global Solidarity & Mission Spirituality

A line from the Maryknoll Lay Missioner Covenant reads:

“We strive together for justice, peace, and fullness of life, and so our ministries are offered in response to the needs of the people with whom we live and work, and with respect for the integrity of all creation.”

An important part of our commitment as Maryknoll Lay Missioners is our dedication to nurture all human life and the life of the planet that sustains us. We envision a world that is just and at peace, and where poverty is no more; where the dignity of all human beings, and of creation itself, is upheld.

In other words, we seek the reign of God on earth that Jesus came to proclaim.

What are these bridges if not friendships? ~ Steve Hicken, Returned MKLM Missioner

Friends Across Borders invites you to join us as we partake in the life-giving mission of Jesus by encountering the poor, learning from them, and developing an understanding of life from their perspective. In doing so, we discover the fulfillment that we seek in our own lives.

Friends Across Borders offers participants the chance to nurture their spirituality – that is, the way God is immersed and actively involved in their lives - as mission spirituality, which always includes a commitment to serve our less fortunate sisters and brothers, and is rooted in the biblical tradition of mission “to the ends of the Earth” (Acts 1:8 and 13:47).  It crosses all borders and transcends the boundaries that divide us as members of Christ’s Body.  Friends Across Borders is an invitation to mission and a bridge of friendship between peoples.

Join Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Friends Across Borders invites you to become part of Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ global mission.

SENDING2012_0095As baptized Catholics, we are called to mission. Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) offers U.S. Catholics the opportunity to respond to that call by serving the poor in Africa, Asia, or Latin America for 3-1/2 years or longer. Through MKLM you can “give back” using the skills and gifts with which you have been blessed by working for sustainable change in a poor community overseas.

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Learn about the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC)

Through theological reflection on and systemic analysis of the reality lived and observed by Maryknoll missioners around the world, MOGC facilitates among Maryknollers, as Catholics and agents of Christ’s Gospel, a personal and corporate commitment to peace, social justice, and the integrity of creation.

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Connect with the Maryknoll Affiliates

The Maryknoll Affiliates are connected to a wider movement that is popularly called “Maryknoll.” Maryknoll is comprised of three distinct entities: the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers (officially known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America), the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

Their Mission Statement reads: “Maryknoll Affiliates, while continuing to pursue their own life’s journey, commit themselves to the mission goals of Maryknoll in the context of Chapters that gather for prayer, reflection and action. Maryknoll Affiliates challenge one another to witness to mission as a way of life by going beyond borders, locally and globally, walking with the poor and excluded, and striving for peace and justice for all of God’s creation.”

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