When we serve others in compassion, we ourselves are transformed.

Dear Friends,STANTON_0287

Want to be in on a secret that Maryknoll Lay Missioners carry around in their hearts?

Compassion transforms lives and society.  When you act in compassion, the first person it benefits is…you.

When our missioners shower attention on an AIDS orphan or a handicapped child, when they work with poor communities to help them resolve problems and get ahead, when they tend to the sick or visit the prisoner, they are acting out of their own, profoundly transformative experience of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Compassion is a gift of the Spirit, so when we serve others in compassion, when we work for justice and right our relations with all creation, we ourselves experience its life-renewing, transforming grace.

On this website, you will find stories of Maryknoll Lay Missioners transforming lives and working with others for societal change. You’ll read the profiles of individual missioners and access blogs from our mission sites. You will be introduced to some of the people among whom we are privileged to serve. You can learn about how to become a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, or consider joining us for one of our immersion trips.

Today, the face of mission is rapidly being transformed by the ministries, lives, and compassion of lay men and women.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners was initiated in 1975, as a result of the vision and efforts of the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers and the Maryknoll Sisters. In our 42-year history as Maryknoll Lay Missioners, more than 700 U.S. lay Catholics have crossed borders to serve in some of the world’s poorest communities. Today, the face of mission is rapidly being transformed by the ministries, lives, and compassion of lay men and women.

As you explore this site, I hope you will find a way to be part of Maryknoll Lay Missioners – through your prayers and gifts, or perhaps by becoming a missioner. In the end, it is your love and generosity that will change lives in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and help build a more just and compassionate world.

Christ has poured out his Spirit and grace among us; come, friend, and be transformed with us!

Yours in mission,

Sam Stanton, Executive Director