Why Mission Education?

"The Lord's missionary mandate includes a call to growth in faith:  'Teach them to observe all that I have commended you" (Mt 28:20).  Hence it is clear that the first proclamation also calls for ongoing formation and maturation.'
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 160

Catholic ministers, educators, and parents play special roles in helping their communities experience the joy of participating in God’s mission of love. As a mission educator, you lay the foundations that enable this mission of love to be passed on to the next generation.

In addressing the youth in Brazil, Pope Francis said, “Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us to everyone. ” People in your community need people like you help them answer that call!


Mission and Scripture: A Basic Approach

All scripture is a call to mission. God is love (1 Jn 4:16) "expresses the Christian image of God and resulting image of humanity and its destiny" (Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est). You can help students view Scripture through the lens of God's love by approaching every story with these questions:
  • How does God show love in this passage (and call others to show love?)
  • How do the people in the story react to that love/call?
  • What are the consequences of those reactions (positive or negative)?
  • How are we called to act?
  • Because God is love, we can also look at those times when people reject God's love and ask this question: How does God reach back out in love?


Motivated by love, inspired by the Gospel, and guided by our Catholic identity, the Maryknoll Society’s Discover Your Neighbor program empowers young people as agents of encounter to transform our world.
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Missionary Disciples Formation Programs

All Christians become missionary disciples at baptism and it's your job to form and accompany them as they go forth in joy to share the Good News. Not an easy task! We can help.

Maryknoll is committed to accompanying you with formation and resources as you seek to incorporate a stronger sense of mission into your ministry and personal spirituality. Learn more about what we offer:

Resources for Mission Animators