Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers student loan repayment
August 22nd, 2016
Maryknoll Lay Missioners has announced a Student Loan Repayment Program available to all active Maryknoll lay missioners during the time they are under contract with the organization. During the missioner’s time in service, Maryknoll will pay the monthly student loan payment, freeing individuals of this financial burden as they minister to the poor and marginalized in Asia, Africa and the Americas. “This program will assist MKLM in attracting and retaining committed, service-minded individuals who want to make a difference in the world,” the Maryknoll, New York-based organization said Aug. 10.
“The number of students borrowing for their education is increasing, as is the amount an average student owes,” said Joanne Blaney, MKLM mission services director. “We are delighted to offer the Student Loan Repayment Program so that our lay missioners can focus on the most important thing, sharing Christ’s compassion and love with those in need and working to change unjust structures around the world.”
MKLM invites Catholics who are 21 or older to join for an initial three-and-a-half year commitment, and welcomes single people, married couples or families to apply. The orientation program offered to new lay missioner candidates is rich in authenticity, designed to address both practical and spiritual preparation for overseas mission work.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners was initiated in 1975 to recognize and celebrate lay people (non-religious) as active participants in global mission. The organization, which became an independent entity in 1995, emerged from the Maryknoll tradition that was started more than 100 years ago.
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From August 25, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.