Maryknoll Lay Missioners - October 2020 mklm news
Celebrate World Mission Sunday with us
Join us for our virtual Mass on October 18 at noon Eastern
We invite you to attend World Mission Sunday Mass. We will celebrate Mass together with our lay missioners, who will participate and help to lead worship from around the world.

Please extend this invitation to your friends and family as well.

Father William Vos, who has worked with Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Tanzania and the United States for decades, will be celebrating the Mass from the chapel in the diocesan center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A number of returned missioners will join him there in the chapel.

During this Mass, we will also recognize lay missioner Liz Mach
and her 44 years of serving in mission. Click the video link above to watch a short welcome video from the girls at Jipe Moyo in Musoma, Tanzania, where Liz worked until her retirement this summer.

Ted's Talk

This weekend we celebrate World Mission Sunday, which invites us to reflect on our baptismal call to mission and give of ourselves to others. Taking seriously our call to justice, we can create a more dynamic world interaction in which all lives are valued and all have enough to live.

Pope Francis states in his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, “The COVID-19 pandemic momentarily revived the sense that we are a global community, all in the same boat, where one person’s problems are the problems of all” (#32). May this renewed awareness of our kinship last and lead us to discover new and adaptive ways “to give birth to a new world, where all of us are brothers and sisters, where there is room for all those whom our societies discard, where justice and peace are resplendent” (#278).

Many Maryknoll lay missioners have sought to do just that! They have adapted their ministries to meet new needs amidst challenging restrictions. Other missioners sought new ministries and engaged in creative ways of accompanying the communities who welcome us.

Jesus taught us that if we share, if we combine our resources, with trust in God, there is enough. As we celebrate mission this weekend, let us remember the words of Meister Eckhart who believed, “The seed of God is in us. … It will thrive and grow up to God whose seed it is; and accordingly, its fruits will be God-nature.”

Recognizing these seeds of God’s love in us, let us honor that love most fully by sharing it with others. 

Yours in mission, 
Ted Miles
Executive Director
Meet a Missioner Monday
focuses on migration

Facebook Live and YouTube Live
Every other Monday at 11 am Eastern
Our next two "Meet a Missioner Monday" interviews will focus on the theme of migration. We will be live on Facebook and YouTube Oct. 26 and Nov. 9. 
  • Oct. 26, 2020, 11 am Eastern – Featuring Lisa Sullivan, a returned lay missioner who continues to live and serve in Venezuela, and Margarita Duran, a lay missioner in São Paulo, Brazil. Lisa will speak about her experience walking with the Venezuelan people for decades. Margarita, who serves primarily with internally displaced people who migrated from rural to urban settings, will share about the Brazilian reality. 

  • Nov. 9, 2020, 11 am Eastern – Featuring Larry Parr (El Salvador) and Coralis Salvador (U.S.-Mexico border)

Visit our website to access recordings of all of our previous "Meet a Missioner Monday" interviews with lay missioners from Tanzania, Kenya, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador. Haiti, Cambodia and the U.S.-Mexico border.
Please visit our "Virtual Chapel" on our website to pray with us for world missions, racial and social justice, and peace.

We also invite you to pray for the elections not only in our country but also in two other countries where our lay missioners work Bolivia (Oct. 18) and Tanzania (Oct. 28)

Intrigued to learn more about Maryknoll Lay Missioners?

Are you or someone you know considering how you can take your work for social justice global? 

Join us this Wednesday, Oct. 14
at 4:30pm Eastern.

Email to receive the zoom link.