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How We Support You

Maryknoll Lay Missioners takes great care in providing for its missioners in a way that lets them flourish in mission and effectively use their gifts and talents in the communities where we live and work. Some of the ways we support missioners include:

  • A 12-week orientation running from mid-September through December each year at Maryknoll, New York, to prepare you for mission
  • A placement process that tries to match your skills, experience, and passions with the needs of local people
  • Transportation to and from your host country at the beginning and end of your contract
  • A monthly stipend that covers your living expenses from the beginning of the orientation program through the end of your contract
  • Tuition for and travel to/ from any needed language training in your host country
  • Support for meeting your student loan obligations while you are under contract
  • Comprehensive health insurance while you are overseas
  • Life insurance and workers’ compensation
  • Annual 4 weeks of vacation to allow you to rest and recharge
  • Annual retreat days
  • A regional orientation by the Maryknoll Lay Missioners team in your host country, guiding and accompanying you in everything from getting settled into housing to finding your way around in the area where you live
  • A local community structure in your host country that gathers for prayer, reflection, and mutual support
  • Guidance and mentoring from the local Maryknoll Lay Missioners team in choosing and getting settled into your ministry
  • A two-week program to support your transition back to the U.S. or prepare you for renewal at the end of your contract