Monthly Archives: November 2017

National Catholic Reporter post on Jean Donovan event


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Click here to view the National Catholic Reporter website post on our event honoring Jean Donovan.

Your Donations Can… Create a More Just and Compassionate World

-Sustainable agricultural projects, urban garden projects, fish farms & “Soy Project”income generating programs
-Libraries, scholarships, literacy, secondary education & music programs
-Entrepreneurship programs, practical training & certifications
-Health and nutrition awareness campaigns
-Pre‐natal & immunization clinics, preventative health practices and sick care
-Wellness training to incarcerated mothers
-Catechism and parish ministry programs
-Programs for street youth and orphans
-Restorative justice, violence prevention and conflict resolution
-Migrant assistance and human trafficking education
-Assistance for disabled and special needs children and disadvantaged teens
-Food programs for the hungry
-Sports, arts and community programs
-Programs for abandoned and abused girls
-Prisoner advocacy, job and life skills
-Enable the poor to support themselves with dignity
-Teach nonviolence and protect the environment

Your Donations Can… Recruit, Train, Send & Sustain Missioners

mklm giving tuesday 3mklm giving tuesday– Because you care, our brothers and sisters are given hope and come to know God’s love through the ministries of our missioners.
– Your compassion supports our missioners, who walk in the footsteps of the early Disciples to follow Jesus
– Your assistance allows us to give medical and healthcare to our brothers and sisters who live in forgotten communities. 
– Your contributions also help us promote justice and peace through many services.
– Your help provides faith formation and pastoral care in order to create a more just and compassionate world.
– Your generosity will cross boundaries and join our brothers and sisters in their spiritual journey.

On The Road Again – Article published by NY Writers Coalition Press

BOOK20171126_114225Emma Phojanakong, Cambodia FAB 2016 participant wrote a brief article for the book: Echoes of our Time of the NY Writers Coalition Press.

You will find the article here:

Emma learned about Friends Across Borders in the NY Catholic Newspaper that had a FAB Ad, she called and registered to participate in the Cambodia trip last year. She was so impressed about our missioners and ministries in Cambodia that has joined the Brazil trip for 2018.


Tax-Free Distributions in a Nutshell

irsAn individual age 70½ or older can make direct charitable gifts from an IRA, including required minimum distributions (RMDs), of up to $100,000 to public charities (other than donor advised funds (DAFs) and supporting organizations) and not have to report the IRA distributions as taxable income on their federal income tax return. Most private foundations (PFs) are ineligible donees, but private-operating and pass-through (conduit) foundations are. There’s no charitable deduction for the IRA distributions. However, not paying tax on otherwise taxable income is the equivalent of a charitable deduction. Tax-free distributions are for outright (direct) gifts only—not life-income gifts. A sample receipt appears at the end of this article.

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Karen Bortvedt to represent MKLM at the National Catholic Youth Conference November 15-18, Indianapolis, IN

Karen Bortvedt, Recruitment Manager, karenwill represent MKLM at the upcoming National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), taking place in Indianapolis, IN from November 15-18.

About NCYC: In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship. Every other year, Catholic young people and their chaperones—youth ministers, campus ministers, parents, catechists, priests, coaches, and scout leaders—come together to pray, learn, and grow in their faith. In addition to opportunities to receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and penance, NCYC participants attend general and breakout sessions on topics relevant to living as a disciple of Christ in today’s world, visit with organizations that provide resources and other support to youth and youth ministry, spend time in personal and communal prayer, and engage in service to others.

San Salvador, El Salvador – Immersion Program

Bienvenido, Bienvenida a El Salvador – Welcome to El Salvador


Specifically created for Maryknoll Affiliates

November 16 to 19, 2017

Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) and Maryknoll Affiliates invite you to an experience centered in the radical encounter with “the other” and with God as God is expressed not only in our own traditions, but in the sacred stories, traditions, history and culture of other peoples.


Your Donations Can… Support Our Ministries

Maryknoll Lay Missioners presently has over 50 missioners, serving in 6 countries: Kenya and Tanzania (Africa), Bolivia, Brazil & El Salvador (the Americas), Cambodia (Asia)

Our missioners share the many skills and talents God gave them in their ministries, such as Education and Leadership Training, Healthcare and Health Promotion, Justice and Peace, Faith Formation and Pastoral Ministry and Sustainable Development.


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Maryknoll Lay Missioners Appoints New Executive Director Theodore Miles

TedMilesWebPicMaryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) announces the appointment of Mr. Theodore (Ted) Miles as Executive Director. Ted assumes the role on December 1st, following the departure of Executive Director Sam Stanton, who will continue to work with MKLM in various roles. Ted comes to MKLM from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) where he worked for nearly 13 years, most recently serving as the Manager for Youth and Religious Education Engagement. He holds a BA in Psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore and an MA in Psychology from Bucknell University.


Ted’s main focus at CRS has been leading and implementing the agency’s youth and religious education outreach in the United States, with the goals of fostering a deep commitment to global solidarity in the vision of Catholic youth ministry and faith formation and creating opportunities for young people to understand and support the mission of CRS. Among his numerous responsibilities, Ted provided oversight for resource development, led solidarity delegations for Catholic leaders, and developed strong, strategic partnerships with organizations like the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (La RED). The NFCYM is a membership organization that supports and strengthens those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ. La RED is an inclusive association of Roman Catholic Church organizations and pastoral ministers committed to the evangelization, holistic development, ongoing support and formation of Hispanic youth and young adults in the United States.


Ted’s other responsibilities included representation to the Catholic Climate Covenant, an organization formed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to help US Catholics respond to the Church’s call to care for creation and care for the poor.  Through his work, Ted hopes that young Catholics today can see these organizations – “as Good News, as inspirational church.”


In The Beginning

Firmly rooted in his focus on parish youth ministry, social ministry, Catholic high school education and faith formation, Ted has served this goal in every step of his career. A Catholic camp in the Adirondacks of New York, where he served on staff for five years, opened his heart to working with children and youth. It grew into a vocation through his work as a Jesuit Volunteer in education and youth ministry in Belize and Guatemala, Central America. His Jesuit volunteer experience also gave birth to a passion for and commitment to mission, Catholic social teaching and its call for long-term social justice.


Ted’s noted work includes designing and directing the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Justice Action Week – a justice formation program for youth that explores urban poverty and injustice through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, serving as Director of Student Development for the Cardinal Gibbons Catholic School in the effort to develop leadership skills for urban high school youth in Baltimore, and providing leadership for youth involvement in the Archdiocese of Baltimore Haiti Project. “I’m truly proud of the Justice Action Week program, as it was formed at a time when very few parishes offered extensive social justice formation for young people,” recalled Ted. Though no longer in existence, this program highlighted a real world need for holistic formation geared to Catholic youth. As a result of this initiative, the integration of comprehensive serving learning into local ministries became more commonplace, especially in parish youth ministries. For his commitment to and work with young people, in the past decade, Ted was awarded the Cardinal Sheehan Award by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the National Youth Ministry Award for Leadership in the Area of Gospel Values of Peace and Justice by the NFCYM.


Personal Life

The oldest of a family of five children, Ted was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, with a great love of family. He stated his most precious gift of late has been his nephews and niece, two of whom were adopted from Ethiopia. “Their addition to our family has solidified the idea to me that we really are all connected,” said Ted. “There isn’t a day that I don’t express gratitude for our connection to a family in Ethiopia.  My niece and nephews have brought such amazing joy into our lives. It has also deepened my commitment to do what I can to contribute to a more just and peaceful world for them.”


In addition to being a lover of theater and a self-proclaimed “big Orioles fan,” Ted is an avid hiker and camper. His love for exploring the natural world has instilled a belief that we can have profound experiences of God through nature. It has also fueled his commitment to work for environmental and climate justice. “I believe that we need a new and expanded understanding of solidarity, one that helps us to recognize our unfathomable connection to all God’s creation.” he said. “Deep into the heart of community and nature, we discover God is so much bigger than we imagine and is always drawing us into unity, into communion. I believe a more profound respect for each other and for all God’s creation – rooted in deep listening and compassion – can help make all the difference in our attempts to mercy, ‘solidarize’, and contribute to a just and sustainable development of all people!”


Looking Forward

Given the remarkable history of MKLM, Ted feels that this next step is just a natural extension of his life experiences. “I feel that all of my experiences so far have built upon each other to help me listen more carefully to the world – and, in turn, see God’s presence and handiwork in the lives and stories of our sisters and brothers around the world. All of this has fostered an intentional commitment to ministry and servant leadership,” said Ted, of his life’s work. “It has helped me understand how to serve in a manner that respects the dignity of others. It is an honor to join MKLM, an organization that manifests so clearly Christ’s love in the world through its commitment to mission and its service to our sisters and brothers on the peripheries.”


“Maryknoll Lay Missioners wishes to thank Sam Stanton for his long, dedicated and effective leadership and we welcome Ted with assurances of enthusiastic support from our entire Board of Directors,” said Father Bill Vos, MKLM Board Chair. “We do so with confidence that he will enjoy a warm welcome from our entire Maryknoll family.”

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