All Christians are missionary disciples and it's our job to form them to go forth in joy to share the Good News.
Not an easy task!
We offer support and programs for front-line parish ministers (catechists, teachers, deacons, priests, youth ministers, DREs) to develop skills and resources to form communities of missionary disciples at your parish and school.
For over 100 years, Maryknoll has been animating, encouraging and supporting Catholics in the U.S. to engage in God's mission of love at home and abroad.
Pope Francis: You are a missionary disciple
"For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others? Pope Francis (EG8)“Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others”. When the Church summons Christians to take up the task of evangelization, she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfillment. For “here we discover a profound law of reality: that life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to give life to others. This is certainly what mission means”. (EG 10)
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UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS:
Why go on a mission immersion trip?
When I saw that the Maryknoll Missionaries were hosting an immersion trip to Haiti, I knew I had to go. Haiti has suffered terrible deforestation and a subsequent fresh water crisis. This has been exacerbated by the devastating earthquake in 2010. I don’t want to focus on the problems in Haiti. I will leave that to the journalists and newscasters. I want to share the good things I witnessed.
Handing on God's Invitation: Forming missionary disciples in the local diocese
When John Watkins worked with the homeless in San Francisco and later became the Coordinator for Life and Justice in the Diocese of Oakland, Calif., he knew he was responding to a call to discipleship but did not think of himself as a missionary. "I saw it as work I do and that mission was something missionaries did overseas," he says. After participating in Maryknoll's local Mission Education Training Program, as well as a Maryknoll mission immersion experience in Guatemala, Watkins realized he was a missionary all along. Moreover, he began to appreciate that perhaps his most important mission work begins at home as a husband and father to two young boys. "I now see myself as a small participant in God's unfolding mission of love," he says. "The good news is that God is doing most of the heavy lifting. I don't need to always be successful or perfect because it is not my work but God's."
John Watkins' initial self-description is typical of the way many parish and diocesan ministers see themselves. They don't necessarily make the connection between their local ministry and their overall mission. In his recent Apostolic Exhortation,Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis breaks down the distinction. He challenges all the baptized to see themselves as "missionary disciples." Helping them realize and accept the invitation to participate in God's mission is what mission education is all about. READ MORE
What Are We Missing with Our Catholic Youth?
From Be the Mission
By Kevin Foy
In my ministry as a Maryknoll mission educator, I often speak to students at Catholic high schools and universities about the the mission of the Church. Initially, most meet me with a fair amount of skepticism. To them, missionaries are associated with a long history of oppressing and enslaving indigenous peoples, supposedly in the name of God. But you might be surprised at how quickly many, if not most, of these young people abandon that skepticism when I begin to share stories of missioners serving around the world. I share stories of people working with local communities to provide young people with an education, or to develop a sustainable source of drinking water. Students cannot help but be inspired...
Seeing that awe in young people when they hear these examples of God's mission of love does make me wonder, though, Why is this news to them?