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Engaging the U.S. Church in a Culture of Missionary Discipleship:
Resources, Formation and Immersion Opportunities for Teachers, Catechists, Deacons, Hispanic Leaders, Young Adults and Parish Leaders
Empowering communities of missionary disciples to go forth in JOY to share the Good News of God's love at home, on the margins and around the world.
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Drawing upon Maryknoll's charism and worldwide mission experience, we strive to create a culture of mission in the U.S. by fostering and accompanying communities of missionary disciples who are grounded in global solidarity as envisioned by Joy of the Gospel.
If you're baptized, you are already both a missionary and a disciple.
Our challenge as front line parish and diocesan ministers: helping the people of God realize their vocation as missionary disciples. It begins in their hearts by accepting God's love, it is nurtured and grows in the family, and then it extends out in ever widening circles to the neighborhood, parish, school, workplace and beyond. It seeks encounter and crosses the situational and geographical borders that limit God's love. It brings us together in growing awareness of our interconnectedness with each other through global solidarity. It grounds us in compassion for each other and in our care for our common home.
We offer support and programs for front-line parish and diocesan ministers to develop skills and resources to form communities of missionary disciples at your parish and school.
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. Read more..
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 (EG 8)
“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)
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." Read more...
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