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Why Maryknoll Lay Missioners?

Are you searching . . .

For a way to put your faith into action?

For a challenge through which you will be transformed?

For an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others?

Join Us To . . .



  • Work with others to address issues that affect people across the globe (such as immigration, climate change, food scarcity, and conflict).
  • Join local partners in striving for positive transformation.
  • Live in solidarity with people experiencing poverty or marginalization.
  • Offer your skills and experience as resources to address issues in your mission country.
  • Build the capacity of local communities to address their own problems.


  • Challenge yourself to move beyond your comfort zone.
  • Forge deep relationships with people from different national, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Learn a new language (or move toward greater fluency in one you already know).
  • Gain the international experience, cultural competence, and global vision that are prized in today’s diverse workplaces.
  • Grow in areas such as flexibility, resilience, leadership, and problem-solving skills.


  • Live a life of purpose, aligned with your faith and values.
  • Join a faith-based community rooted in the Catholic tradition.
  • Engage in regular prayer and reflection.
  • Deepen your spirituality by learning from the wisdom of other cultures’ religious practices.
  • Practice living simply.


  • Become one of the more than 700 lay missioners who have been part of Maryknoll over the years.
  • Join a diverse group of missioners that includes single people, couples, and families with children–and that welcomes people of all ages.
  • Rely on our extensive support that includes a small stipend, health care, and the guidance of a local team at your mission site.
  • Find your place in a wide variety of ministries including health care, education and leadership development, peace and justice initiatives, pastoral care, and sustainable development.
  • Consider the benefits of being part of one of the few mission organizations that gives laity a range of options, from a 3.5-year contract, to the possibility of renewing or even making global mission a life-long vocation.