Maryknoll Lay Missioners - November 2019 mklm news
Be 'woke' with gratitude
Teaching and mentoring in East Africa
Whether teaching vocational skills to marginalized youth, working with young women with disabilities, educating grade schoolers or teaching math at an under-resourced high school, Maryknoll lay missioners make a big difference in the lives of the Kenyans and Tanzanians they serve. Meet Angelica Ruppe, Ilona Helmholz, Loyce Veryser and Mike Garr , who teach and mentor a new generation in East Africa.

View the video in the link above or on our website here.
Ted's Talk

I often wonder if the real choice of life is between risk and risk. All too often, we risk simply going through the motions and sleeping through life — missing, or sheltering ourselves from, the complex realities around us. But with full awareness, when we are “woke,” we rise to all life offers — its challenges and the fullness of love into which God invites us.

When I commit to a practice of gratitude, I find that I am more aware, more awake. Though I am not always comfortable with what I see or with the challenges that lie ahead, gratitude, nonetheless, helps to give meaning to life by receiving it as blessing. “Gratitude,” Henri Nouwen said, “goes beyond the 'mine' and 'thine' and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift.

The challenges we currently face in our world seem to stem, at least in part, from limited awareness — of the sacredness of each one, of the pure gift of all God’s creation and being rooted in mutual belonging. As we approach Thanksgiving, in our commitment to mission, may we be woke to this universal belonging God has created. May we help each other step courageously into this journey of awakening and, with our whole selves, celebrate joyfully, with gratitude and in love.

In this season, we give thanks to our God for the unique ways you share this journey with Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

May God’s blessings overflow for you!
Ted Miles
Executive Director
Thank you for spreading joy, hope and love!
During this season of thanksgiving, we are so grateful that you have joined hands with us by supporting our lay missioners across the world.

Please consider including us in your year-end giving!
Lay missioners in Haiti and Bolivia living through a period of political upheaval
For now almost two months, Haitians have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of their president. The resulting widespread violence has mostly been centered in Port-au-Prince, but the impact is also felt in the town of Gros Morne, where Maryknoll lay missioners Sami Scott and Abby Belt are serving.

" The most disheartening and worrisome," Abby recently wrote, "is the fact that all of our 37 schools remain closed. For almost two months, our kids have gone without regular education.  If we liken beautiful Haiti to a coin, one side contains the hurt, the other displays the healing, and it is her people that flip it.... It is at times tricky and sometimes maddeningly frustrating, but we navigate life in this time of upheaval and uncertainty, and I am forever learning about the resilience of my Haitian family."

Read Abby's reflection and her poem, "A Day in the Heat" on our website.

Meanwhile, lay missioners in Cochabamba, Bolivia, have had to cope with post-election turmoil and street violence that have paralyzed the city and kept them from reaching their ministries.

Please include our lay missioners in Haiti and Bolivia and the local communities they serve in your PRAYERS. Thank you!

Discern through service at the U.S.-Mexico border
Come and discern if you are called to international mission. This retreat includes moments of service, experiences in community with other seekers, opportunities for prayer and time for personal reflection with Maryknoll Sisters and Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

What? Discernment Retreat
When? Jan. 9 - 13, 2020
Where? El Paso, TX (U.S.-Mexico Border)
How much? $160 (financial assistance available)
How? Email , call 914-467-8857
or visit to register or for information.
Apply by Nov. 15, 2019
Is Maryknoll Lay Missioners for you?
Join our next monthly webinar
Nov. 11, 12 pm (Eastern)
to learn about how, where and why we serve. 

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Questions? Email

Stipend, health insurance, student loan repayment for volunteers

Friends Across Borders
Immersion Program

Maryknoll lay missioner Peter Altman at a St. Oscar Romero mural near the site of his assassination .
2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassinations of Archbishop Romero and the four martyred U.S. churchwomen

Honor their memories with a
Maryknoll Lay Missioners


Jan. 31 - Feb. 8, 2020

HURRY! DEADLINE for signing up: Nov. 30, 2019

With El Salvador being one of the three Central American countries from which most of the refugees and asylum seekers at the U.S. border come, you will learn how Maryknoll lay missioners are helping to address the root causes of migration by building peace, opportunity and hope with Salvadoran communities.

For more information on the El Salvador trip, visit our website here.

Our next immersion trip to Tanzania
is scheduled for March 11-22, 2020
Maryknoll lay missioner Angelica Ruppe with students in Musoma
Join us on this encounter with our missioners and Tanzanian partner communities in Mwanza and Musoma (both on Lake Victoria) and experience the unforgettable Serengeti.

Deadline for signing up: Jan. 11, 2020 

For more information on the Tanzania trip, visit our website here.

Call 914-236-3480