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Maryknoll Missionary Discipleship Formation Program

Basic and Intermediate Programs

Develop a basic understanding of mission and your your role in passing on the mission of Jesus through your own ministry.

The Basic Program is for  front line parish, campus and diocesan
ministers and others interested in integrating global solidarity and mission into their spirituality, ministry and programs.
The Basic Program provides 10 hours of formation for mission educators, usually over two days or a weekend,  in a retreat setting to implement Pope Francis's "Joy of the Gospel / Evangelii Gaudium" to support local communities of missionary disciples who go forth in joy to share the Good News of God's love.

Program Sessions:

  • Session 1: God’s Invitation to Participate in the Mission of Love
  • Session 2: The Master Story of God’s Love in Human History (Scriptural Foundations of Mission)
  • Session 3: The Mission Continues (The Paths and Spirituality of Mission Today)
  • Session 4: Going Forth in Joy as Mission Educators to Support Communities of Missionary Disciples

Upon successful completion the participant will have:

  • A better appreciation of the significance of mission to their own personal and ministerial identity
  • An understanding of the scriptural, historical and theological foundations of mission and evangelization and the current models and methods of mission
  • Grown in a spirituality grounded in the mission of Jesus and global solidarity
  • Developed basic skills and resources to begin to incorporate mission education into their own ministry and programs

Program Format:

  • Sessions are 2 1/2 hours in length, using adult learning methods and include integration of prayer and spirituality
  • Sessions are typically held over 2 consecutive weekdays or over a weekend in a retreat format. The retreat format includes opportunities for reflection, communal prayer, faith sharing
  • The Program is offered at our Maryknoll Mission Centers (currently San Francisco, Seattle and New York) or we can come to your parish, school or diocese to offer it on-site.
  • Groups to be kept small to ensure individual attention.
  • Text: What is the Mission of the Church? by Roger Schroeder and Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis
  • Program offered separately in English and Spanish or bilingually.
Each participant receives a Mission Resource Kit, including the book, "What is the Mission of the Church?," Maryknoll Discover Your Neighbor Classroom Resource, DVDs and more.

We can offer the program onsite at your parish or school and we also offer a one day overview program, as well as introductory workshops. 


  • Certificate provided upon successful completion.
  • Hours given for ongoing formation.

Upcoming Sessions 

Our goal is to better appreciate how God is not only on a mission of love, but seeks our help in making that love real in the world. Once we accept God's love in our own lives, and allow it to take root, it grows into profound joy that cannot be hidden. God invites us to share that joy with others, especially those who have been told that they are unloveable. This is the mission of Jesus that he passed on to the Church.

As teachers, catechists, youth ministers, deacons and wives, priests and other parish ministers, we have privilege and responsibility to educate others about God's mission and help them accept God's invitation to participate in God's mission of love.

Upcoming Sessions

Suggested Donations for the Basic Program