Sam Stanton

COUNTRY: United States
CITY: Ossining, NY
FOCUS: Pastoral Ministry, Promotion and Sustainability
PROJECTS: MKLM Mission Advancement
PEOPLE SERVED: All MKLM missioners, partners in mission and participants of MKLM Ministries


Sam Stanton is the former Executive Director of Maryknoll Lay Missioners and has played a major role in the growth and development of MKLM since 1985. Raised on the great plains of Kansas, Sam has extensive experience in nonprofit organizational administration, and has spent the majority of his life in mission serving those in need. Sam graduated from Kansas State with a B.S. in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. He also attended graduate classes in Theology Studies at Notre Dame and has a Certificate in Not for Profit Management from Harvard Business School.


From 1976-78, he was the Social Ministries Coordinator for Little Flower Parish in South Bend, Indiana, and also worked with the Holy Cross Justice and Peace Commission at Notre Dame. From 1978-82, Sam was a Holy Cross Associate in Chile. Before joining Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 1985, he was a Program Director for Catholic Social Services in the diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. Continuing his commitment to outreach of the Catholic Church, Sam worked in rural ministry and social development projects in rural southern Chile, serving as Director of Social Services of the Diocese of Linares, Chile, from 1987-91.

In 1991, Sam returned to the United States to serve as the director of what was then the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers Lay Mission Program. During his tenure, the “program” transitioned to the current autonomous entity, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and Sam served on its first leadership team. In 1996, Sam and his family returned to Chile and the diocese of Linares, where he resumed his work in social development programs and education, and also served as MKLM’s Chile Regional Coordinator and MKLM’s Latin America Co-Area Coordinator.

In 2004, Sam and his wife, Cecilia, also a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, returned to the United States, where he served as MKLM’s U.S. East Regional Coordinator and as Major Gifts Officer in MKLM’s Advancement Department.

In 2008 Sam was named Executive Director of Maryknoll Lay Missioners and served in that position until December 1, 2017.


Sam is the Director of Mission Advancement Department of Maryknoll Lay Missioners.