Year Joined MKLM: 2015
City: Sao Paulo
Focus: Prison Ministry, Ministry to Persons on the Street
Marilyn and fellow Lay Missioner, Jim Kott, her husband, 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. Marilyn’s father was also in the Air Force, so her family experienced life in the USA and overseas. Marilyn’s education includes a BS from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Master’s Degrees from Webster University and the National Defense University and a TEFL Certificate from Georgetown. Jim and Marilyn have participated 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.
Marilyn observes, “I’ve learned so much about the joy of the Gospel from people I’ve met in the U.S. and overseas. In Sao Paulo, I’ve already learned that when we bring His love with us to the prisons, it is returned to us many times over. People really appreciate that we are there, and they are generous with their friendship.”