Missionary Disciples Formation Seminar

Go deeper in your understanding of mission and evangelization.

Continue to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence
to teach and inspire others to live out their own call to mission.

Program sessions include:

  • A deeper look at the mission narrative from our Scriptural and historical foundations to better understand our own response to God's invitation to participate in the mission of love
  • An examination of mission within our own context and culture and how that relates and connects to a more global understanding of mission grounded in solidarity.
  • How to grow in our own identity as a missionary and encourage and support a spirituality grounded in mission for others
  • The significance and role of mission immersion trips and service learning in developing a culture of mission
  • How to become more effective and engaging in forming others to respond to their own baptismal call to mission
  • Best practices for developing mission education components and programs at the school, parish and diocesan level
  • Upon successful completion the participant will have:
  • Developed a deeper understanding of mission, their own identity as a mission educator and continued to develop a spirituality based on global solidarity
  • Advanced competence to do mission education presentations and incorporate mission into curricula and programs
  • Confidence to assist other parish ministers to incorporate mission into their identity and programs
  • Training necessary to become an instructor of Module One Basic Mission Education Training Session (above).


  • Successful completion of the Basic Mission Education Training Program (see above) or equivalent mission education training or experience.

Program Format:

Five day (Monday-Friday) program offered at our Mission Centers in San Francisco or Chicago (beginning 2014) and New York (beginning 2016)

Eight day international program offered at our Mission Center in Guatemala (TBD). International programs include opportunities for local mission immersion and ministry.

General Texts:

  • Constants in Context, Bevans & Schroeder
  • The Mission of God and Postmodern Culture, Sivalon
  • Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis
  • Redemptoris Missio, Pope John Paul II

August 7-11, 2017
Los Altos, California

Pope Francis lays down a clear message for us: Our very existence is interdependent with Creation. We are called to have a spirituality informed by integral ecology and a ministry which gives priority to ecological education as a path to mission.

Join us for our interactive Advanced Missionary Discipleship Formation Seminar as we use the lens of integral ecology as outlined in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' to explore the intersections of our own lived experiences, our ministries, global solidarity, and economic justice!

Our week will include immersion into indigenous spirituality, the environment, and sustainable development; opportunities for ecological conversion rooted in our faith and Catholic tradition; social analysis and exploration of our global context; and prayer and reflection.

We as Catholics are rooted in our faith and all of Creation: join us to break open how we act courageously to be living signs of God's love in our interconnected world!

Where: Maryknoll in Los Altos, CA
When: August 7-11, 2017
Prerequisite: Maryknoll's Missionary Disciples Formation Program or other similar formation
Questions? Contact Anna Johnson at


Photos from the 2014 Advanced Missionary Disciples Formation Program with Fr. John Sivalon, MM and Deacon Matt Dulka at the Western Region Mission House