Advanced Missionary Disciples Formation Seminar


Co-Creating our Common Home: Missionary Discipleship during Uncertain Times

online via zoom: SEptember 8, 15, 22, 29

4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT | 5:30pm - 7pm MDT| 6:30pm - 8pm CDT | 7:30pm - 9pm EDT

Prerequisite: In order for you to participate you must have completed one of Maryknoll’s Missionary Discipleship Formation Programs or other similar formation.

The world is in a lot of trouble because we have put ourselves at the center. Since Pope Francis gave us Laudato Si in 2015, we have been more acutely aware of the many ways we have negatively impacted God’s creation. Our tendency here in the U.S has often been to take charge as ask “what do I do?” or “how do I fix it?” Perhaps we need to step back and ask instead, "How do we challenge ourselves to move away from viewing ourselves at the center of creation, as the savior, into a more collaborative and interdependent relationship with nature? Are we listening to the most vulnerable, and learning from Indigenous wisdom?

As missionary disciples we are called into this cooperative by stepping outside of our comfort zones to encounter God's infinite love in new and rejuvenating ways. To begin our journey, we suggest that we first ask ourselves these questions:

  • How do we become aware of and own our own internalized need to dominate the natural world?

  • How do we find healing in our collective traumas as a result of environmental abuse due to natural disasters and human error?

  • What is our role as people of faith and of goodwill in this paradigm shift that Pope Francis identifies as “not an era of change, but a change of eras.”

  • And finally, as faith leaders, how do we interrogate systems and decolonize structures that perpetuate imbalance in our natural world and who can we invite to collaborate with us in reimagining our relationship with The Great Spirit?

Join us for our online, seminar based, Advanced Missionary Discipleship Formation Program to take an intentional and intersectional look at our current realities locally and globally, discern what the Spirit is calling us towards, practice this distanced reality of being a community of missionary disciples, and bring together our experiences. We hope that our time together will re-energize you as we collectively plant seeds of faith in order to produce good fruit for our common home!


9/8/2022 - Thursday: See

9/15/2022 - Thursday: See Pt. 2/Encounter

9/22/2022 - Thursday: Judge

9/29/2022 - Thursday: Act

The suggested donation for this program is $150. Please click the button below to make your donation. We understand the financial constraints on those working for the Church and those affected by Covid-19, so if the cost is burdensome, please contact Dr. Walter Hidalgo at: for scholarship possibilities.

After you register above you will receive an email with the link for the Zoom Webinar. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone with a camera and microphone to participate fully. If you do not receive an email with the link, please check your spam folder and/or contact Kris East at Please whitelist us to ensure you don't miss out on future emails!

This Seminar will be a full collaborative and interactive process with shared reflection, break out room conversation, community prayer, and more. We ask that you commit to live participation in all sessions. For more information or question, contact Dr. Walter Hidalgo

A committed missionary knows the joy of being a spring which spills over and refreshes others. Only the person who feels happiness in seeking the good of others, in desiring their happiness, can be a missionary. Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium 272.

The Christian identity card is joy, the Gospel’s joy, the joy of having been chosen by Jesus, saved by Jesus, regenerated by Jesus; the joy of that hope that Jesus is waiting for us, the joy that - even with the crosses and sufferings we bear in this life - is expressed in another way, which is peace in the certainty that Jesus accompanies us, is with us. Pope Francis

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 as missionary disciples.

Advanced Missionary Discipleship Formation Seminars 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

  • 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: Online Webinar via ZOOM

Preparatory Texts:

  • Constants in Context, Bevans & Schroeder

  • The Mission of God and Postmodern Culture, Sivalon

  • Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis

  • Redemptoris Missio, Pope John Paul II