Year Joined MKLM: 2011
Country: El Salvador
Focus: Education, Economic Development and Pastoral Ministry
GOAL: To facilitate base communities, adult literacy, youth development and job skills.
Rick Dixon, originally from California, comes to MKLM from a small Catholic religious order, The Little Brothers of the Gospel of Charles de Foucauld. He lived and worked with this community for eight years in Mexico, two years in Venezuela and with the immigrant community in Brooklyn, NY.
Rick graduated with a BA in English Literature and Biblical studies in 1981. He then did a fifth year of student teaching for a teaching certificate. In 2005 he completed another teaching certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages, and in 2011 received a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing. Before joining Maryknoll Lay Missioners he worked for the Queen’s Library in the adult learning center in Long Island City, NY.
Rick has been serving in Cojutepeque, El Salvador, in the Parish of St. John the Baptist since 2012. Presently works with small Christian base communities and in promoting family literacy. His ministry takes place in a squatter settlement that dates back to the civil war. His work includes a small mobile library, complete with wheelbarrow, which he takes to different homes to engage parents, children and young adults. Rick also works at encouraging adults and children to tell their stories as a way to promote understanding and healing.