Monthly Archives: October 2017

Following the Non-Violent Jesus by Fr. John Dear

198119_1927413824474_6823759_nFr. John Dear, is a nationally and internationally known peace activist, author of over 35 books, retreat leader and lecturer on peace, non-violence and justice issues.

He will present “Following the Non-Violent Jesus” workshop to the Class of 2017 on Monday, October 30 from 9 am to 2:30 pm in the Forum Room of the Rogers Building at Maryknoll Sisters.

This event is open to all the Maryknoll Community and Family and friends of MKLM.

Please RSVP with Debbie Northern
at: 914-236-3476 or

You’re invited! Maryknoll Lay Missioners Reception for The Children’s Project Ministry in Bolivia


Sunday, Oct 29, 2017, 2-4 pm

St. John Neumann Catholic Church
St. Timothy Room
5455 Bee Cave Road
West Lake Hills, TX 78746

RSVP: Bill Bachmann
Mission Advancement – MKLM
914-236-3450 or via email at

Fr. John Dear presented Jean Donovan’s guitar to Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Many greetings from Maryknoll Lay Missioners! We are in the midst of our formation program and excited as we approach the 50th sending ceremony of MKLM.

CLASS2017-JohnDear_2162On Monday October 30, after the workshop “Following the Non-Violent Jesus”, Fr. John Dear presented the guitar of martyred lay missioner Jean Donovan to Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Jean, a lay missioner from the Cleveland Diocese, did her training at Maryknoll Lay Missioners with our 1976 class and received her mission cross with them. We are so honored to receive it and will display it in honor of Jean, who dedicated her life to faith-based peace building and working for justice.

Class_of_Jean_Donovan,martyr_1979On December 2, 1980, Jean accompanied Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel to the airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, to pick up two Maryknoll Sisters, Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, flying in from Nicaragua. As the four women left the airport, they were taken by soldiers, abused, killed and buried in shallow graves in a rural area about 45 minutes from the airport. These brutal murders of four missioner women martyrs shocked the world. To find out more about Jean, go to Jean Donovan and read her biography.

CLASS2017-JohnDear_2167-croppedMusic and her guitar were important to Jean in her life and in her ministry. For many years her best friend who lives in Ireland kept the guitar, but a few years ago it was sent to Fr. John Dear. John was a good friend and had offered strong support to Jean’s family after her death.

In mission,

Sam Stanton (for all Maryknoll Lay Missioners)
Executive Director


ESPINOZA__5805Speaker: Cecilia Espinoza MKLM

Location: Christ the King Church
125 Park Road, Leechburg, PA

Pastor: Fr. James Loew, OSB

Masses: Sat.  5:30 pm    Sun. 9:30 am


sstanton1-88x88Speaker: Sam Stanton MKLM

Location: St. Gertrude Church
303 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift, PA

Pastor: Fr. James Loew, OSB

Mass: Sat. 4 pm    Sun. 8:00 am, 10:30 am

Maryknoll Lay Missioners Proudly Welcomes Its 50th Candidate Orientation Program

The first formal Orientation Program began in 1975

Today, Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM), joyfully welcomes its 50th Lay Missioner candidate class as they begin the 2017 Orientation Program. The class consists of a diverse group of candidates from across the country. The program, which began in 1975, is held yearly at MKLM’s operations based in Maryknoll, New York, beginning in October and running through mid-December. It provides candidates with a foundation for cross-cultural mission success when they embark on their new assignments upon completion.

As part of the selection process, MKLM candidates receive their country assignments before starting the Orientation Program. Candidates live on campus throughout the 10-week Orientation and receive instruction on a variety of topics including:

  • MKLM’s history and core values
  • Cross-cultural preparation
  • Theology and Scripture
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Spiritual development and prayer
  • Trauma awareness
  • Social Analysis
  • Practical training for conflict resolution and communication
  • Dialogue on racism
  • Non-Violence

Upon completion of the program, the new missioners depart for their respective mission sites in early 2018. Once in their assigned countries, they will participate in the next stage of their orientation to mission, including in-country language training and acculturation.

“The orientation program is designed to prepare new missioners with a foundation in Scripture and in Mission Theology, so that they will be ready to use their gifts in service to others, walk with people of another culture and accompany them on their journeys,” said Joanne Blaney, Mission Services Director for MKLM.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners consists of Catholic men, women, couples and families who are called to live and work with the very poor in Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan. They respond to basic needs of the people in the communities they serve and help to create a more just and compassionate world. Based in the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, missioners serve in the fields of health, education, sustainable development, justice & peace, and pastoral care.

MKLM welcomes single people, married couples or families, who are Catholic and over the age of 21, to apply. Lay Missioners who join the program are eligible for benefits such as health insurance coverage, a 529 College Savings Program for children of missioner families as well as MKLM’s new Student Loan Repayment Program. Maryknoll Lay Missioners commit to serving 3 ½ years overseas, with many missioners serving well past their initial contract.

“Maryknoll Lay Missioners is thrilled to receive our 50th Orientation Class. This fine group of faith-filled candidates represents the broad and beautiful diversity of the US Church today,” said Sam Stanton, MKLM Executive Director. “We are happy and blessed to welcome them.”

About Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) is a Catholic organization inspired by the mission of Jesus to live and work with poor communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world. Our Lay Missioners work to assist those living in extreme poverty, victims of human trafficking, people in prison and those affected by war and urban violence. They live and work with those they serve. They also offer their compassion and skills through more than 100 ministries which encompass healthcare, education, compassionate care of children and orphans, microenterprise, faith formation and restorative justice. To date, approximately 800 lay missioners have been involved in mission work around the world.


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