Maryknoll Lay Missioners - February 2020 mklm news
Nurture the seeds of transformation
Building community,
one children's book at a time
Follow Maryknoll lay missioner Rick Dixon, as he makes his round with his mobile wheelbarrow library through the squatter’s community of La Esperanza in Cojutepeque, El Salvador.
Ted's Talk


Let’s be honest: Addressing racism is not easy . In the United States, our polarization, re-emerging hate groups and the failure to acknowledge systemic and cultural roots of racism point to the necessary work that remains. Racism is alive elsewhere too, as demonstrated by the increasing marginalization of indigenous peoples and migrants around the world.

God’s call to mission invites us to cross borders literal and figurative in order to create new hearts and minds. In this annual commemoration of Black History Month, may we re-examine history through the lens of individuals and communities whose experience has not been taken seriously. May we ask for the grace and strength to remove our biases and stereotypes that oppress some while privileging others. Let us pray for guidance to understand the hopes and fears of each cultural family here and around the world. 

I am inspired by our missioners whose efforts to create a more just and compassionate world often go hand in hand with a deep commitment to foster restorative justice. In unique ways, each lay missioner and the individuals and communities alongside them contribute to peace and justice as they work to dismantle racism, classism, and sexism. From leadership training to community organizing, in our education and health care ministries, through dialogue and bridge-building, seeds of transformation are planted. 

As we commemorate Black History Month and as we journey toward Lent may we also seek unique ways “to loose this bond of injustice,” racism in all its forms. To quote Bishop Edward Braxton’s 2015 pastoral letter on the racial divide, “Faith in Christ, the redeemer of all people, urges us to overcome our hesitation.”

Peace and every good,
Ted Miles
Executive Director
Feeding the hungry: Maryknoll lay missioner Tim Ross provides sandwiches and coffee—
and a listening ear and friendshipto homeless people on the streets of San Salvador.
Answering the Lenten call
Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! . . . .
Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need,
sharing our spiritual and material goods with them.
                            —Pope Francis, Lenten Message (2019)
During our Lenten journey this year, many of us will choose to fast. But for people facing homelessness in San Salvador, hunger is not something they choose. It is forced on them by their circumstances. That is why Maryknoll lay missioner Tim Ross teamed up with two other young adults to start a Catholic Worker hospitality house that serves the many homeless people in the city. Read more about Tim's ministry on our website.

The vision of creating a caring community that crosses cultural and national boundaries is at the heart of what Maryknoll lay missioners have been doing for more than 40 years in ministries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

This Lent, we invite you to join us in the true fasting the prophet Isaiah is calling us to: “To loose the bonds of injustice, to let the oppressed go free, to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house.” (Isaiah 58:6-12)?

Let us embrace the power of this Lenten season to transform our own hearts and help us become seeds of transformation in our world.

Please include Maryknoll Lay Missioners in your Lenten 'almsgiving'

Wondering if Maryknoll Lay Missioners is for you?
Join our Holy Week Discernment Retreat
April 9-12, 2020
on the Maryknoll campus in Ossining, New York

Discern your call to mission by joining us for an inspiring weekend of
prayer, reflection and conversation as we celebrate the Easter Triduum.

Encounter others who share your passion for changing our world.

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