Mission Discernment Resources
“Why am I here?” is one of the most basic questions we can ask of God. What is my deeper purpose? It may not be a question we think of everyday, but asking this question is an important part of the spiritual life for most of us. This question has to do with something the Christian tradition speaks of as “vocation” or “call.”
Discernment is a spiritual practice for listening for and seeking God’s will. This practice has been known to many, for centuries, who have struggled to hear the voice of God in their own lives and to understand their vocation. Discovering why you are here is linked to the lifelong process of learning who you are.
If you are considering international mission service, don’t miss these exciting upcoming MKLM events!
TOOLS FOR DISCERNMENT
Click on the link below to read more about discernment, what it is and what it is not, potential obstacles to discernment and suggestions for addressing those obstacles.
Tools for Discernment
RETURNED MISSIONERS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
When individuals are considering a call to mission, they often ask us what our missioners do when they return from mission service. The truth is that the experience of mission is transformational and missioners often return to the United States with a desire to continue serving and unfolding what they have come to know and understand in their sacred experience of living and working with other peoples and cultures. Click on the link below to read a few of their stories.
Returned Missioners_Where are they now?
“BECOMING A MISSIONER 101” WEBINAR
This brief webinar provides: some background on the history of MKLM; information about MKLM’s work in the areas of health, education, peace and justice, sustainable development and pastoral care; and important information about the admissions process, placement options, benefits for missioners, the realities of life in mission and more. Please watch this brief webinar to explore what may be the next great adventure in your spiritual and professional life.
Becoming a Missioner 101 Webinar
“DISCERNING A LIFE OF MISSION”
Listen to an interview with Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Becca Muder, as she shares her story of discerning a call to overseas mission service on the program “Mission Matters,” a program of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Discerning a Life of Mission
Below you will find a list of readings to help you in the discernment process.
|African Friends and Money Matters||Maranz|
|A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation
& Social Conscience
|A Step Along the Way||Pope|
|Birth of a Church||Nangle|
|Divesity of Vocations||Dennis|
|God’s Mission in Post Modern Culture||Sivalon|
|Guatemala in My Blood||Desimone|
|Half the Sky||Kristof and WuDunn|
|In the Company of the Poor||Farmer/Gutierrez|
|Jesus Was a Migrant||Cornell|
|“Laudato Si” Encyclical||Pope Francis|
|Mission in the Third Millennium||Schreiter|
|Pedagogy of the Oppressed||Freire|
|Social Analysis for the 21st Century||Cimperman|
|The Church in Latin America||Dusell|
|The Cross and the Lynching Tree||Cone|
|The Gift of Mission||Kroeger|
|The Greatest Story Oversold||Duncan|
|The New Friars Emerging Movement||Bessenecker|
|The Strangest Way||Barron|
|The True Cost of Low Prices||Korgen/Gallagher|
|Theology Brewed in an African Pot||Orobator|
|Trails of Hope and Terror||La Torre|
|This is our Exile||Martin|
|What is Mission?||Kirk|
|What is the Mission of the Church?||Schroeder|
|What’s So Blessed About Being Poor?||Slavin and Salvador|
|Why Not Be a Missioner?||Leach and Perry, Eds.|
Let God Speak to You. If you feel that God is calling you to Mission, TAKE A TRIP with Maryknoll Lay Missioners and find out. It will help you make your decision.