Year Joined MKLM: 1982
City: Ossining, NY
Project: MKLM U.S. Church Relations Manager
Alicia Escalera Butkiewicz was born in Potosi, Bolivia. She and her husband Bernie have three adult daughters, Ivanna, Maria Renee, and Lizzette, all born in Bolivia. Throughout Alicia’s life she has been active in her Catholic faith, especially in service to the poor. With degrees in Education, Theology, Communications, and Anthropology, Alicia has served in many ministries in her native country of Bolivia. She worked as a high school teacher in a poor neighborhood in Santa Cruz and also taught Spanish at the Maryknoll Language School in Cochabamba.
Alicia became a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in 1982, joining efforts with her husband Bernie Butkiewicz, also a lay missioner. As a lay missioner Alicia focused much of her talents on the creation of faith-based communities and grass roots organizations with indigenous people in Bolivia and in leadership formation.
She has played instrumental leadership roles within MKLM, such as representative to the Maryknoll Society Regional Council, Regional Coordinator for the Bolivian Region, and Area representative for Latin America. In 2003, she returned to the United States to serve on the Leadership Team for Maryknoll Lay Missioners as Director of Missions. When her role on Maryknoll Lay Missioners’s leadership team ended in 2010, Alicia accepted her new position as U.S. Church Relations Manager.
Since May 2011, Alicia has been Maryknoll Lay Missioners’s U.S. Church Relations Manager. In this role, she cultivates, solicits, and coordinates the fulfillment of church dates for both the Mission Cooperative Plan (MCP) and for Invitational speaking engagements.
By forging relationships with parishes throughout the United States, Alicia is able to arrange for MKLM missioners to speak at masses. There, our members share our stories of ministry and mission overseas. We visit approximately 100 parishes throughout the United States each year. Missioners who speak at a parish are often members of that parish.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners considers its mission outreach work vital to our relationship with the U.S. Catholic Church.