Mission Discernment Resources

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“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!

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

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?

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

becca-muder-profile-photoListen 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
Comprehending Mission Skreslet
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
Transforming Mission Bosch
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.