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Are you looking for ways to travel the world safely from your living room? Are you interested in hearing about what mission looks like during this time of COVID-19?

Karen Bortvedt Estrada is now hosting #MeetAMissionerMonday, a series of Facebook and YouTube Live conversations with Maryknoll lay missioners around the globe. Karen’s guests from around the world share their experiences from their pre-COVID and current ministries. Karen is a returned Maryknoll lay missioner herself (Class of 2013, Cambodia) and currently serves as the recruitment and relationship manager of Maryknoll Lay Missioners,

The series is running on Mondays at 11 am EDT on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. If you tune in live, you can ask your own questions of our missioners.

  • Aug. 3Jill Foster, Jean Marie Vincent Agricultural Center, Gros Morne, Haiti

Here are links to previous episodes:

  • July 27 – Loyce Veryser, Mwanza, Tanzania — high school math teacher
  • July 20 – Gabe Hurrish, Juba, South Sudan — projects officer for Solidarity with South Sudan
  • July 13, Mike Garr and Mohamed Abdalla, Mombasa, Kenya — vocational training in catering, challenges for young people, Christian-Muslim relations
  • July 6, Fr. Charlie Dittmeier, Phnom Penh, Cambodia — Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme, Phnom Penh’s English-speaking Catholic Community
  • June 29, Cortney Freshwater, Cochabamba, Bolivia — ministry with children with disabilities and with elderly women and men; COVID-19 food ministry.
  • June 22, Dee Dungy, Nairobi Kenya — refugee advocacy with Jesuit Refugee Service.
  • June 15, Heidi Cerneka, El Paso, Texas — immigration attorney for detained migrants at U.S.-Mexico border.
  • June 8, Abby Belt, Gros Morne Haiti — continuing education for teachers, coaching and mentoring, Mercy Beyond Borders.
  • June 1, Flávio Jose Rocha, João Pessoa, Brazil — holistic health, “Theater of the Oppressed” and environmental research and activism.
  • May 25, Liz Mach, Musoma, Tanzania — longest-serving Maryknoll lay missioner; nurse in women’s health, women’s rights, fighting gender-based violence.
  • May 18, Evey and Melissa Altman, San Salvador, El Salvador — mother and daughter; growing up in a missioner family, ACOMUJERZA women’s cooperative.
  • May 11, Joanne Blaney, São Paulo, Brazil — restorative justice, popular education, base community with people experiencing homelessness.
  • May 4, Anne Berry and George Stablein, Mwanza, Tanzania — missioner physicians in rural hospital.
  • April 27, Kathy Bond, João Pessoa, Brazil — working with people who have experienced trauma; yoga, Shantala baby massage, women’s health and rights.
  • April 20, Susan Nagele, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania — missioner-physician in East Africa for more than 33 years.

Please tune in each Monday, either through Facebook or YouTube and share the talks with your friends.