Year Joined MKLM: 2015
City: Sao Paulo
Focus: Prison Ministry, Ministry to Persons on the Street
Jim and fellow Lay Missioner, Marilyn Kott, his wife, are retired U.S. Air Force officers. Together, they were assigned and served in the United States and overseas including Germany, Japan and the Middle East. Jim grew up in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, where he and his family were parishioners at St. Theresa’s Parish. Jim graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Aviation Management and earned a Master’s Degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Jim and Marilyn have served in ministries to the homeless, taught English to immigrants, and helped with parish ministries.
Both Jim and Marilyn Kott are serving the US Catholic Church in Brazil as Maryknoll Lay Missioners. They are currently engaged in mission in four São Paulo prisons and a homeless ministry. They minister to both men and women on the streets and in the prisons. Their ministries provide the incarcerated and homeless with quality human contact and chance to think, pray, and reflect on God’s presence in their lives. They also teach a basic English class in one of the prisons, using Gospel Values. Their class provides a positive environment and a confidence builder for their students.