Formation & Resources
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.
We have formation programs, immersion trips and resources for you to incorporate a stronger sense of mission into your ministry and personal spirituality.
- Missionary Disciples Formation Programs
- See how your story is woven into God’s mission of love
- Discern a road map for encountering God through encounter at the peripheries
- Go forth boldly, rooted in a global perspective, with skills and resources to live, lead, and serve with abundant joy
- Advanced Missionary Disciples Formation Program
- Catholic Social Teaching as a Path of Mission
- Parish Based Programs
- Mission/Evangelization Workshops, Retreats and Presentations
- Resources for Youth
- Mission Immersion Trips that incorporate missionary discipleship formation in the experience.
Why Mission Education?
God wants us to experience the joy of having a meaningful life.
Pope Francis reminds us that each of us is "a mission." Helping others to become aware of that and embrace it in their lives is mission education.
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!
Contact one of our Mission Educator-Promoters to help you form and accompany missionary disciples.
Maryknoll's Mission Educator-Promoters are Priests, Brothers, Deacons and Lay Ecclesial Ministers who have embraced their calling as missionary disciples as a full or part ministry. They bring their inter-cultural experiences and education in theology and pastoral ministry to bear in accompanying and forming other missionary disciples.
More Resources for Mission Educators
- Joy of the Gospel, Selected Texts with Reflection Questions
- Theology - Spirituality of Missionary Discipleship
- What is Mission?
- Intro to Mission Lesson (Grades 7-12)
- How We Live Mission - Seven Paths
- Mission and Scripture: A Basic Approach
- Gathering as a Community of Missionary Disciples
- Mission Rosary
- Prayer Resources
- Discover Your Neighbor, a resource for catechists and teachers
- Scaffolding Mission Education Across Grade Levels
- Classroom as Small Christian Community
- Lesson Plans and Other Materials
- Best Practices Blog
- Photos from Around the World
- Resources for Adults
- Maryknoll YouTube Channel
- Orbis Books
- Workshops, presentations & retreats
FAQs: Am I a Missionary Disciple?
Aren't missionaries typically priests, brothers and sisters who go overseas?
Some missionary disciples are priests, brothers and sisters, and some of them are involved in ministry overseas. However, all Christians become missionary disciples when they are baptized. (EG 120)
So, mission isn't just something that happens in foreign lands?
Mission happens everywhere. For most of us, our call to mission will happen primarily in our homes, workplaces and neighborhoods. But Jesus' challenges us to always be mindful that God's mission has no boundaries and limits. We are called to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world even if we never leave home.
Is mission primarily about converting people to the Catholic faith?
Mission is about sharing the joy of God's love with others, especially those who are told or believe that they are unlovable. When we do a good job of sharing God's love with others, those who aren't part of our Catholic community will hopefully become attracted to us and our faith and want to join us.
What is mission education and who is a mission educator?
While all Christians are baptized into the mission of Jesus, they need help to become aware of that, and to become properly formed in the faith so that they can effectively share their joy with others. Mission educators are primarily the teachers, catechists, deacons, priests and parish ministers who help form missionary disciples. This usually happens at the parish and school.
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).
Guide to Gathering as a Community of Missionary Disciples using Scripture
- Opening Prayer
- Introduction of theme from the Scripture Story
- Checking in and sharing of personal stories and experience based on theme
- Sharing the Scripture Reading (the daily or Sunday Readings are always a good choice.)
- Sharing of what we heard in the reading: how does it connects to our own faith stories, how we are invited to go forth as missionary disciples?
- Closing Prayer
- Social Time
CLASSROOM RESOURCES FOR THE GO FORTH GENERATION
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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