Steve Hicken

COUNTRY: Venezuela, Mexico and United States
FOCUS: Economic Development, Civil and Human Rights

Steve left for Maryknoll from St. Patrick’s Parish in Seattle, WA. He has a BBA in Marketing/Economics from Gonzaga University – School of Business Administration. He has a MA in Theology from Jesuit School of Theology – Graduate Theological Union.
After Steve left Maryknoll Lay Missioners he worked at WAGES – Womens Action to Gain Economic Security as the Director of Programs for almost 3 years. He is the Founder of Con Mi Gente Foundation. He was the Executive Director and currently serves as Board Chair.

He and his wife, Mary Mallahan Hicken, joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 1981 with their first son Joseph. Steve and Mary initially served in Venezuela for 6 years where Christopher was born! In 1987, they returned to the U.S. to assume leadership roles within the organization.

He was the Planned Giving/Major Gifts Officer for Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers from 1990 – 1994. He was the Development Director for 3 years of the newly formed Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful popularly known as Maryknoll Lay Missioners. He is the Founder of Friends Across Borders Program of Maryknoll Lay Missioners, he served as the Director for 5 years.

Their family continued to grow to include two more sons – Jonathon and Joshua. In 2004, Steve, Mary and their two youngest sons, Jonathon and Josh, returned to Latin America to continue their mission service – this time in Oaxaca, Mexico.

They lived and worked in Oaxaca, Mexico. Steve was the Assistant to the Directors of EDUCA. A ministry founded by Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Steve provided critical organizational skills – especially in the areas of strategic planning and fundraising. He developed an essential link to the international community.

Today Steve is the Senior Division Director – Economic Development Services at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County in San Francisco Bay Area.

Steve has several Publications:

  • From Boy to Man: Family Rites of Passage, Center for Action and Contemplation, July 1, 2009
  • The Other Game: Lessons from How Life Is Played in Mexican Villages, Orbis Books, July 1, 2008
  • READING THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES A Seven-Week Small-Group Process for Social Change, Resource Publications Inc. August 1, 2001