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Looking for a Mission Promoter in the Houston Area

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Position Announcement Mission Promoter - Associate Regional Director, Houston, TX
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers share the Good News of God’s love by accompanying and serving marginalized people throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.Maryknoll serves the Roman Catholic Church locally in the U.S. by fostering a “culture of mission” and supporting “communities of missionary disciples” through its mission education programs.  Maryknoll is seeking a Mission Promoter - Associate Regional Director to work out of its Houston Mission House.  
Responsibilities: Cultivate and maintain relationships with strategic partners to promote mission and foster communities of missionary disciples Develop and provide mission formation/education opportunities and resources for diocesan and front-line parish ministers and others interested in participating in mission Participate and coordinate mission immersion trips and partnerships with parishes involved in twinning and mission Coordinate and participate …

Encountering Beauty and Poverty in Guatemala

Near the end of June I traveled to Guatemala with a small group of people on an immersion trip under the co-direction of the Archdiocese of Seattle Missions Office and the Maryknoll missionaries. Our purpose was not to change the situation in Guatemala but rather to change ourselves by being with the people living and serving there, meeting, listening, observing, beginning relationships. The experience was heart-stretching and mind-expanding for me. Guatemala is a jewel of natural beauty and one of the facets of that beauty is found in the faces of the people, especially in the countryside. Their smiles speak loudly of welcome and hospitality. The beauty of the fabrics which they produce and wear is another facet adding brilliant color to the jewel of Guatemala. At first, only the tin-sided and roofed houses on the steep city hillsides suggest the poverty which pervades the country. I learned that Guatemala’s unemployment rate is 47%. Imagine! Many, many families lack food security s…

Looking for a Mission Promoter in San Francisco Bay Area

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Position Announcement Mission Promoter, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers share the Good News of God’s love by accompanying and serving marginalized people throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.Maryknoll serves the Roman Catholic Church locally in the U.S. by fostering a “culture of mission” and supporting “communities of missionary disciples” through its mission education programs.  Maryknoll is seeking a Mission Promoter to work out of its San Lorenzo Mission House in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
Responsibilities: Cultivate and maintain relationships with strategic partners to promote mission and foster communities of missionary disciples Develop and provide mission formation/education opportunities and resources for diocesan and front-line parish ministers and others interested in participating in mission Participate and coordinate mission immersion trips and partnerships with parishes involved in twinning and mission Participate in Maryknoll’s fundraising…

Along the Way - Our journey to Jamaica

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Along the Way by Herb and Peggy Casey
This was our third Maryknoll Immersion Trip, but the first time Peggy and I visited Jamaica. Some of the main purposes of these types of immersion trips are to experience Christ wherever we go, and to be present to all those we encounter. This trip certainly fulfilled these objectives for us. Many of us took some time to get acclimated to the weather from the minute we deplaned (it was very hot and humid), but our accommodations were comfortable and the hospitality provided by our host was wonderful.

We plunged right in with songs, prayers and introductions so that we would get to know each other since most of us (team of 11) had not met each other. As we embarked the next morning for our first adventure, our eyes were opened to the bustling sights and sounds of life in Montego Bay. We travelled to our first encounter at Blessed Assurance; a home to those children that were abandoned and discarded by family, and the Jamaican society, mainly becaus…