YEAR JOINED MKLM: 1991
COUNTRY: Tanzania, Venezuela, El Salvador and United States
FOCUS: Internet, Social Media, Website and Planned Giving
Erik and his wife Margo joined MKLM from the Prince of Peace parish in Princeton, MA, a diocese of Worcester. Prior to Joining MKLM, Erik’s community volunteer work included his being a lector, involved with adult education and a member of the parish education committee. He led Bible study classes and was trained as a master catechist. He served on the Board of Directors of Dismas House, Inc., was a volunteer with Heifer International and volunteered with Nazareth Home for Boys.
Prior to joining MKLM, Erik worked in the computer industry as a Senior Software Engineer. As a twenty five year veteran of MKLM, Erik has served in diverse areas of MKLM. He served in rural Tanzania for eight years in a variety of pastoral and development ministries: teaching religion; helping in a bedded dispensary, health center and sewing school; providing outreach care to AIDS patients and the elderly; working with women’s groups, youth and small Christian communities; providing leadership development and training; and with c0-administrating with his wife a parish (Isenye) with 12 outstations in the Serengeti District, building multi purpose buildings, housing, a secondary school. Erik was on the region’s finance committee and computerized the regions finances. Erik also held the position of Regional coordinator.
While at headquarters he served with Maryknoll Lay Missioners in NY as a member of the Finance department setting and maintaining the computer operations both at Bethany and the Maryknoll Sisters’s Cloister. Worked in the promotions department and did major donor visits throughout the Northeast. For a couple of years he was the regional coordinator. He was a Eucharistic minister, involved with RCIA and other programs at St. Ann’s parish and volunteered with hospice.
In 2006 he attended Spanish language school in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Was assigned to the Venezuela region, he lived in a rural coffee farming community, did mission outreach programs, taught English and assisted in school classes, worked in a youth and women’s craft program and had responsibility for the community’s chapel. Was a Eucharistic minister, celebrated services for the local community. Was elected to be regional coordinator and responsible for terminating MKLM’s presence in Venezuela
Presently involved in managing the MKLM Website content and various social network tools. Looking into the needs of future growth for the Website and other areas of opportunities for Maryknoll Lay Missioners vis-a-vis the Internet.