Maryknoll Lay Missioners - March 2020 mklm news
Invited into a caring community
Women's cooperative builds opportunities in El Salvador
In celebration of International Women's Month , here is a 4-minute video that features Maryknoll lay missioner Melissa Altman . Melissa works with the women’s cooperative ACOMUJERZA to improve the lives of women in Zaragoza, El Salvador.

Please also read Maryknoll Lay Missioners' statement marking last Sunday's International Women's Day .
Ted's Talk

Life’s journey is not a solo act. As infants and children, of course we cannot go it alone. But even in adulthood, even though we cling to the false notion of independence, we still need each other’s support. Certainly, we rely on well-functioning structures and systems to go about our business. Perhaps less obvious, but nonetheless real, we need each other’s nudging reminders and gentle accompaniment to be transformed from grief to joy, anger to forgiveness, sin to love, death to life.
I have often found that the season of Lent shakes up our assumptions, squarely refocusing our attention from our egos to a new encounter with God. It can rekindle in us a joy and responsibility to mediate God’s grace in the world. The Lenten journey helps us to break from our captivity selfishness, brokenness, control and surprises us with God’s invitation to join more deeply in what God is already doing! Isn’t that the ever-evolving missio dei, the mission of God?
Perhaps the greatest gift of our participation in God’s mission which itself cannot be separated from relationship is akin to this Lenten “relearning” that we belong to a caring community in which we are here for one another . I know this is true for our lay missioners when our expectations, anxieties or fears are turned upside down by the loving welcome and hospitality of their receiving communities.
In this Lenten season, let us explore how our relationship with God and with each other releases us from whatever holds us in captivity. We may just find God inviting us deeper into the redemptive community, the Body of Christ, where together we restore, heal, reclaim wholeness, and rise to new life.

Peace and every good,
Ted Miles
Executive Director
Spreading joy: Maryknoll lay missioner Margarita Duran leads
children in a Zumba class at a church in a favela community of São Paulo .
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Please consider remembering Maryknoll Lay Missioners with a legacy gift in your will or living trust.

Your decision to include Maryknoll Lay Missioners as a beneficiary reflects your belief in our common call to help build God’s reign on earth.

Your gift will allow us to ensure the future of our ministries—and help us to create a more just and compassionate world.

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Kathy Flatoff weighing a baby at St. Patrick's Dispensary health clinic in Mombasa, Kenya
Wondering if Maryknoll Lay Missioners is for you?
Join our VIRTUAL Holy Week Discernment Retreat
April 9-11

Due to ongoing health concerns about the coronavirus, our Holy Week Retreat is going virtual this year. 

If you were interested in joining us on retreat but just couldn’t get away, this is your chance!

Each day of this virtual retreat,
  • You will receive morning and evening prayers straight to your email inbox. 
  • You will be guided through reflections on Holy Week, mission, and discernment (via video conference or recording)
  • You will spend time with a returned missioner who will accompany you on your discernment journey (by phone). 

For more information or to register,
or call 914-467-8857.

Minh Nguyen working with indigenous students in Tacopaya, Bolivia
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is on March 25 at noon (Eastern).
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Friends Across Borders and the Encuentro Project
invite you to a 

Border Encounter & Immersion
in El Paso & Ciudad Juárez
November 9-15, 2020
  • Learn about the realities at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas; and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. 

  • Meet migrants, lawyers, social workers, pastoral workers and border patrol agents. Learn why people are coming to the U.S., and how to assist them.

Contact us today
Call 914-236-3480

Register by August 9
Please include Maryknoll Lay Missioners in your Lenten 'almsgiving'