Sharing Our Stories
“Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
~ Henri Nouwen
Are you an MKLM Returned Missioner?
Share the story of your ongoing mission journey – your call to mission, your years overseas, and your life since returning to the United States. The whole MKLM community, including current missioners, your fellow returned missioners, friends and supporters of MKLM, and potential applicants, would love to know more about what led you to mission, what your years overseas were like, and what you are doing now! To share your story of compassion, email Cecilia Espinoza at email@example.com.
Read the stories of MKLM Returned Missioners!
- Now out of Africa, this returned missioners’ family is still committed to mission and service By Debbie Northern After serving seven years with Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Mombasa, Kenya, Curt and Anita Klueg and their daughters, Rehema and Bethany, returned to the United States in 2015. The family has continued their call to mission and service in Detroit. In Kenya, Anita prepared children and adults for the sacraments at a ...read more
- Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners Mike and Kathy Gable (’88 Venezuela) featured in The Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph newspaper: Holy Cross Magazine published an article about Maryknoll Lay Missioners Mike and Kathy Gable. Dr. Gable and his family served with local Maryknoll teams to promote the local Catholic parish efforts with Bible study, sacramental preparation, community development, and they raised their family as a local witness to Christ. Much of his time ...read more
- Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners Joe and Linda Michon (’90 Mexico, Bolivia, US) featured in Holy Cross Magazine: Holy Cross Magazine published an article about Maryknoll Lay Missioners Linda and Joe Michon who spent 20 years of their lives as Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Oaxaca, Mexico then El Alto, Bolivia and finally on the US / Mexico border at El Paso/Juarez. They provided much needed and very valuable eye care and ...read more
- Fr. Tom Petronek was a member of the Maryknoll Lay Missioner class of 1992. He is from the diocese of Stubensville, OH and was sent to Kenya along with other members of his class. When we formed the Association in 1994 Tom was one of the nine founding Associate Priest Members of the Association. On May 25th he celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination. Let us congratulate Tom on this ...read more
- Cecilia “Cecy” Stanton Espinoza came to Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 1985 with her parents, Sam Stanton and Cecilia Espinoza and her two younger siblings, Maria Violeta and Victor. 10 days after arriving she turned three years old and was a part of Maryknoll all of her growing up years. She is truly as we warmly say at Maryknoll Lay Missioners, a “Maryknoll Kid”! Cecy graduated from the Salesian Sisters High ...read more
- Recently, Kathy Vargas (’85, Mexico, US) visited Walsh and shared the incredible music career of her and Javier’s daughter, Leticia Vargas Seib. You can see Leticia performing by going to http://leticiadealtamirano.com/. At a very early age she demonstrated interest in singing. At her first exposure to opera, she was captivated by the magic of the music and the voices, and knew what she wanted to do in life. She began ...read more
- By Cece Aguilar Ortiz (’98 Thailand) Cecilia Aguilar Ortiz, who serves as program coordinator for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Arizona and New Mexico, uses her reflection on Our Lady of Guadalupe to share valuable insights about the “insider-outsider” nature of border culture! Cece joined MKLM with her husband Dan in 1999. Cece and Dan lived and worked in Thailand throughout their entire MKLM experience. She collaborated with AMAN—the Asian ...read more
- By Heidi Cerneka (’96 Brazil) “Good travelers take care of their weary companions. They guess when they lose heart. They take them as they find them, listen to them. Intelligently, gently, above all lovingly, they encourage them to go on and recover their joy in the journey.” Dom Helder Camara, Bishop of Brazil 15 years ago- I came in the door to Maryknoll Lay Missioners- compelled to do something different- ...read more
- By Bertha Haas (’02 Tanzania) When there is education in Tanzania for those with disabilities, it’s generally in a boarding school where the students are segregated by type of disability. I decided to found a school for these children with the help of the parents. They named the school “Huruma”, Swahili for compassion. Huruma serves the poorest of the poor – financially poor, poor in opportunity, often poor in health, ...read more