In 2019 Maryknoll Lay Missioners returned to the US-Mexico border in response to the continuing immigration crisis. The border at El Paso/Ciudad Juárez is a crossroad where cultures from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet and enrich one another. While there is undeniable vitality in this exchange, the border is also a place of immense suffering as migrants who have been forced to flee their homes try to overcome countless obstacles in their effort to begin a new life. Currently our missioners at the border work with immigrants by providing shelter, meals and legal advocacy. We expect to expand into other ministries as our presence grows.
Justice and Peace
New immigrants must overcome legal obstacles and challenges before they can begin to build new lives in the U.S. One of our missioners is an immigration attorney at a non-profit center, assisting immigrants who are seeking asylum in the U.S. and providing other forms of legal relief. Our other missioner works with a migrant shelter that receives asylum seekers who have just arrived in the U.S. and been released by border patrol. She also works with a food program for migrants and members of the local community through Sacred Heart Parish.
Some lay missioners work as staff members in the U.S., serving the needs of Maryknoll Lay Missioners as a whole and providing mission education for the U.S. church, helping U.S. Catholics learn about the people we live and work with overseas.
Our Missioners in the United States
This Pentecost, let us trust the Holy Spirit will indeed travel on the bridges we build. (May 2021 ‘Ted’s Talk’)
Sister Janice and Henri Nouwen help us discover the joy of being the brother or sister of all (April 2021 ‘Ted’s Talk’)
Her experiences as a Maryknoll lay missioner physician in Tanzania prepared Anne Berry well for her current studies in community-based medicine.