S.F. Tenderloin Immersion

Share the Joy of Mission

Every year during the summer a group of missionaries mostly from California leave their everyday lives to go on a treasure hunt for the sacred presence of God in our own country, among the poor in the San Francisco Tenderloin District.

Like the 70 disciples that Jesus sent ahead of him to the towns and villages he intended to visit and like pilgrims that travel to distant lands, this group of Missionary Disciples discovers God in their own back yard and returns rejoicing, eager to tell their stories and to encourage others to go and see how God is present in the lives and hearts of the people of the Tenderloin. These are their stories.

Group Photo

The Maryknoll Mission Immersion Program provides parish ministers,DREs and catechists with a unique mission experience.


  • Experience God in new unexpected places

  • Build relationships with people of different lifestyles

  • Learn new ways to ignite the fire of mission in your parish

  • Become a living witness of the Gospel


  • Pre-trip orientation

  • St. Anthony program includes work in the dining room serving lunch, sorting clothing for the free clothing store, visits with elderly in the Senior Center, visit to the Gubbio Project and other activities and presentations

  • Morning prayer and evening reflection on the day

  • Meals and accommodations provided at the Maryknoll Mission House in San Lorenzo

  • Participants commute daily from the San Lorenzo House to St. Anthony's on BART