Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) is proud to welcome Missioner candidate Margarita Duran -Class of 2017 – as she works alongside the people of Brazil.
Monthly Archives: January 2018
Today, we continue our #MeetaMissionerMonday series by introducing one of our newest missioners, Margarita Duran (Cambodia). Margarita has a BA degree in Criminology and Psychology from University of New Mexico. She has worked as a customer service representative and as a kindergarten teacher’s assistant. She has volunteered since she was a teenager as a religious education teacher in her parish and has also assisted with Vacation Bible School. She also leads confirmation and youth group retreats.
Margarita, who grew up in Tecate, Mexico, has always wanted to do mission work ever since she was a child. She comes to MKLM having grown up with the Maryknoll Magazine in her home growing up. Her own father referred her to the MKLM program back in February 2017.
Margarita said she fell in love with the Lay Missioner program and is very excited about serving in Brazil. She said she has always been interested in the languages and cultures of South America. With her background in criminology and education, Margarita feels she will bring a lot to the people she will serve in Brazil.
Please join us in praying for Margarita as she begins this meaningful chapter in her life. We hope that you wish her well and support her in her endeavors. To learn more about MKLM and the good work that you can make possible, please visit www.mklm.org.
Please share Margarita’s story and Maryknoll Lay Missioner with others, especially committed Catholics who may be discerning God’s call to serve.
CLICK HERE or below to view her interview.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) celebrates World Day of Migrants & Refugees.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) celebrates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners pray that the heart of God strengthen you and encourage you in these controversial times, today and always.
Watch MLK video
The following is an update on a tutoring program being led by MKLM Missioner Larry Parr in El Salvador.
Greetings from El Salvador!
“I want to update you on my activity as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in El Salvador. I am finishing my ninth year here living and working with youth in the small town of Las Delicias. It has been such a blessing to able to accompany the youth in their journey for a better future. The reality of the youth in El Salvador continues to be very difficult, as they struggle to go forward with few opportunities for education and employment. Many kids are dropping out of school in the 6th and 7th grade, and very few have the chance to go to the university. There is also a lot of violence in the country, and many youth are caught in the middle of a war between the gangs and the police/military. In this situation of violence, I have seen the face of God in the youth working to create the kingdom of God.
There is a lot of hope and there are many projects working to create peace and opportunities for the youth of El Salvador.
One of our projects is called “Tutoring Program Father Dean Brackley S.J.,” where we have thirty young people from Las Delicias going to the Jesuit University, UCA, every Saturday to get tutoring and formation. We started this program three years ago together with the community of Los Sitios and the UCA to help kids get a better education, so that they are able to compete for scholarships to the university. It has been such a great program and it has been amazing to see the looks on the faces of the students as they walk around the university. This program also helps with their self-esteem and reminds them that if they work hard they can conquer their dreams. We provide transportation for the kids, $60 a week for the bus, and a small snack, and the UCA provides the tutors. One of our students, Cesar, lives up in the coffee fields and has to walk an hour to the bus to go the city. He was in the program for the first two years, and is now studying engineering in the UCA with a scholarship. He is working very hard to make his dreams come true, and it is so humbling to accompany him on this journey. This program is helping the students fulfill their dreams and become real contributors to their communities.
We are also providing eight scholarships to high school and university students in Las Delicias. This scholarship provides $30 a month to pay for their transportation cost, so that these students are able to study. The youth in this program are a part of the tutoring program, and also have monthly bible study and social hours. The $30 a month allows them to take the bus every day to school. Many kids in Las Delicias do not go to high school, because their family cannot afford the bus fare. In the last five years, we have had eleven students finish high school with help from this program, and we hope to help ten next year. These students also help in our community library, teach break-dancing, and coach soccer in our sports program called “playing for peace.” We are trying to work with youth to create safe spaces to play and study, and create opportunities for them.
Thanks so much for all your prayers and support, which allows us to provide the youth with these projects. I truly see the presence of God in the faces of the children and youth groups. I have included a link to an article I wrote for the Maryknoll magazine about our sports programs. Working together with the Salvadoran youth, we can help to create a more just and compassionate world. Thanks again for all the support!”
Please remember that MKLM funds travel, medical, and living expenses, as well as other costs associated with keeping our people in mission. Please consider donating to Maryknoll Lay Missioners so that Larry, and the many other missioners like him, can continue to serve those in need worldwide.