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!
“BECOMING A MISSIONER 101” WEBINAR
If you are considering the possibility of becoming a lay missioner, this 17 minute webinar will answer a lot of your questions and provided useful information about who we are, details of the application process, information about the Orientation Program, benefits and frequently asked questions. You can access this webinar below:
“DISCERNING A LIFE OF MISSION”
Listen to an interview with Maryknoll Lay Missioner candidate, 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.