Sharing Our Stories

Eileen C at S Marion's AIDS Proj

“Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”

~ Henri Nouwen

Are you an MKLM Returned Missioner?

Share the story of your ongoing mission journey – your call to mission, your years overseas, and your life since returning to the United States. The whole MKLM community, including current missioners, your fellow returned missioners, friends and supporters of MKLM, and potential applicants, would love to know more about what led you to mission, what your years overseas were like, and what you are doing now! To share your story of compassion, email Cecilia Espinoza at

Read the stories of MKLM Returned Missioners!

  • A joyous Jubilee 2019
    August 07, 2019 pm31 5:43 pm, by Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
    By Debbie Northern Some 35 members  of  the Orientation Classes of 1979 (40th), 1984 (35th), 1989 (30th), 1994 (25th), 1999 (20th) and 2009 (10th) came to the Maryknoll campuses August 2-4, 2019. to celebrate their Jubilee Weekend. Vicki Amour Hileman, admissions manager and returned missioner, facilitated the storytelling sessions. It was a time for sharing stories and renewing friendships.  Spouses, children and grandchildren also attended, as well as other returned missioners, Maryknoll ...
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  • Cathy Breen and Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds to receive Spirit of Mission Award
    June 17, 2019 pm30 1:04 pm, by Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
    Maryknoll Lay Missioners is proud to announce the creation of the new Bishop McCarthy Spirit of Mission Award, which will be conferred on lay missioners who exemplify an outstanding dedication to the spirit of mission after their return to the United States from their overseas mission commitments. The award will be given on Aug. 3, 2019 during Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ Jubilee Weekend, the annual event for classes of missioners celebrating ...
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  • For the Kluegs, mission continues to be a family affair
    April 18, 2019 pm30 12:59 pm, by Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
    Now out of Africa, this returned missioners’ family is still committed to mission and service By Debbie Northern After serving seven years with Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Mombasa, Kenya, Curt and Anita Klueg and their daughters, Rehema and Bethany, returned to the United States in 2015. The family has continued their call to mission and service in Detroit. In Kenya, Anita prepared children and adults for the sacraments at a ...
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  • Field of Dreams in Venezuela
    April 20, 2017 pm30 5:34 pm, by Cecilia Espinoza
    Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners Mike and Kathy Gable (’88 Venezuela) featured in The Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph newspaper: Holy Cross Magazine published an article about Maryknoll Lay Missioners Mike and Kathy Gable. Dr. Gable and his family served with local Maryknoll teams to promote the local Catholic parish efforts with Bible study, sacramental preparation, community development, and they raised their family as a local witness to Christ. Much of his time ...
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  • A Vision for a Meaningful Life
    October 26, 2015 am31 9:50 am, by Cecilia Espinoza
    Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners Joe and Linda Michon (’90 Mexico, Bolivia, US) featured in Holy Cross Magazine: Holy Cross Magazine published an article about Maryknoll Lay Missioners Linda and Joe Michon who spent 20 years of their lives as Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Oaxaca, Mexico then El Alto, Bolivia and finally on the US / Mexico border at El Paso/Juarez. They provided much needed and very valuable eye care and ...
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  • Celebrating Fr. Tom Petronek, Kenya 1992
    May 25, 2015 am31 4:06 am, by Cecilia Espinoza
    Fr. Tom Petronek was a member of the Maryknoll Lay Missioner class of 1992. He is from the diocese of Stubensville, OH and was sent to Kenya along with other members of his class. When we formed the Association in 1994 Tom was one of the nine founding Associate Priest Members of the Association. On May 25th he celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination. Let us congratulate Tom on this ...
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  • Cecilia Stanton, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner “Kid”
    April 29, 2015 pm30 8:13 pm, by Cecilia Espinoza
    Cecilia “Cecy” Stanton Espinoza came to Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 1985 with her parents, Sam Stanton and Cecilia Espinoza and her two younger siblings, Maria Violeta and Victor. 10 days after arriving she turned three years old and was a part of Maryknoll all of her growing up years. She is truly as we warmly say at Maryknoll Lay Missioners, a “Maryknoll Kid”! Cecy graduated from the Salesian Sisters High ...
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  • Leticia de Altamirano, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner “kid”
    April 29, 2015 pm30 7:35 pm, by Cecilia Espinoza
    Recently, Kathy Vargas (’85, Mexico, US) visited Walsh and shared the incredible music career of her and Javier’s daughter, Leticia Vargas Seib. You can see Leticia performing by going to At a very early age she demonstrated interest in singing. At her first exposure to opera, she was captivated by the magic of the music and the voices, and knew what she wanted to do in life. She began ...
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  • Our Lady of Guadalupe in Light of the Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice
    March 18, 2015 pm31 7:54 pm, by Cecilia Espinoza
    By Cece Aguilar Ortiz (’98 Thailand) Cecilia Aguilar Ortiz, who serves as program coordinator for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Arizona and New Mexico, uses her reflection on Our Lady of Guadalupe to share valuable insights about the “insider-outsider” nature of border culture! Cece joined MKLM with her husband Dan in 1999. Cece and Dan lived and worked in Thailand throughout their entire MKLM experience. She collaborated with AMAN—the Asian ...
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  • My work in Brazil continue to stretch me, to challenge me, to humble me.
    June 12, 2014 pm30 7:33 pm, by Cecilia Espinoza
    By Heidi Cerneka (’96 Brazil) “Good travelers take care of their weary companions. They guess when they lose heart. They take them as they find them, listen to them. Intelligently, gently, above all lovingly, they encourage them to go on and recover their joy in the journey.” Dom Helder Camara, Bishop of Brazil 15 years ago- I came in the door to Maryknoll Lay Missioners- compelled to do something different- ...
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  • Recognizing their God-given dignity
    November 04, 2013 pm30 3:36 pm, by Cecilia Espinoza
    By Bertha Haas (’02 Tanzania) When there is education in Tanzania for those with disabilities, it’s generally in a boarding school where the students are segregated by type of disability. I decided to found a school for these children with the help of the parents. They named the school “Huruma”, Swahili for compassion. Huruma serves the poorest of the poor – financially poor, poor in opportunity, often poor in health, ...
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