Year Joined MKLM: 2005
Country: El Salvador
City: San Salvador
Project(s): Mental Health Ministry.
People Served: 53,000 people of Bajo Lempa; parish youth.
Project Goal(s): To encourage the overall personal growth and development of people in our area of El Salvador, that they may achieve their fullest potential.
Kim Nagy, from Granby, CT, with her parents and one younger sister. She loves music, young people, and the outdoors. Prior to joining Maryknoll Lay Missioners, she worked as a youth minister for three years in the Archdiocese of Boston. She has also enjoyed work as an Outward Bound instructor, leading trips for troubled youth. Kim holds a BA in Anthropology from Colby College, and a Masters in Social Work from Boston College. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts.
In 2005, after years of discernment and longing to participate in some form of faith-based overseas service, she joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners and was sent to El Salvador. As a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in El Salvador, Kim was based in a parish community called Calle Real, located about 20 minutes drive north of the city of San Salvador. Her primary ministry involved offering mental health services in conjunction with the parish´s general medical clinic. The clinic offered affordable medical, dental, and mental health services to a local population numbering about 53,000. Kim carried a caseload of 20-25 individual clients at a time. She started mutual support groups for women.
In addition to her therapeutic work, Kim also participated in music ministry with children, youth, and adults, and trained parish leaders in the use of cooperative games which they employed to develop communication skills and leadership qualities among youth in the confirmation program.
In 2009 Kim returned to the US, followed her outdoor-loving heart back to Maine, and began working at an outpatient counseling center in Portland serving refugees and immigrants. In the final days of that same year, she met a very thoughtful man named Mark Monnin; they were married in June 2012. Kim enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, and making music.
Kim has been a wonderful resource person for Maryknoll Lay Missioners, helping with Maryknoll recruitment events, motivating and inspiring future missioners. This year Kim will be a guide for our JustFaith Immersion trip to El Salvador.
Social Worker at a Counseling center in Portland, ME