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Our Mission

In February 2022, at an Expanded Mission Assembly (see also here), Maryknoll Lay Missioners adopted new vision and mission statements, a new set of core values and a new cross-cutting focus.

Following the lived example of Jesus Christ and placing our Catholic faith at the center of who we are, Maryknoll Lay Missioners strives to uphold the following:


Justice, compassion, and dignity for all creation


Compelled by faith to engage with people across cultures and ethnicities, we live, love and work with communities on the margins to promote active nonviolence and healing.

Core Values

Simple Living

We embrace the interconnectedness of all creation and commit to ecological justice. By living simply, we participate in equitable access to the fullness of life for all.


We embrace the challenge to grow from the goodness of communion with each other and God. We strive for understanding, empathy and learning in relationships.



Amidst sin, suffering and death, we rejoice in the hope of the resurrection. We choose to live together creatively, celebrating the beauty and humor of everyday life.


By crossing borders of geography, culture, race, religion and ideology, we work for peace, understanding and wholeness. We recognize that dismantling unjust structures is critical to affecting real change. We commit to celebrating diversity in all that we do.


We enter into communities with listening hearts and openness. We honor the agency of the communities where we serve and the voice and wisdom of those who receive us.

Read Maryknoll lay missioner Joanne Miya’s reflection on “Living Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ core values” in her ministry in Tanzania.

Cross-Cutting Focus


Prevention, intervention and restoration/reconciliation

Read more about our evolving commitment to nonviolence as a central focus of our engagement in mission.