About the Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Officially founded in 1975, hundreds of Maryknoll Lay Missioners have served in several countries. Learn more about our organization and the people involved in the pages here.
Who We Are
Maryknoll Lay Missioners is a Catholic organization inspired by the mission of Jesus to live and work with poor communities in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners' History
Although the Maryknoll Lay Missioners officially got their start in 1975, the first layman, Dr. Harry Blaber from Brooklyn, NY, served for five years in China with Maryknoll beginning in 1934. In the first years, the Maryknoll Lay Missioners worked exclusively with the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers. However, in August 1994, the Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful (MMAF) was founded to become an independent and autonomous organization.
Here is a brief history of our journey to autonomy and official canonical recognition.
The three branches of Maryknoll – Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters and us, the Maryknoll Lay Missioners are each separately funded and operated. Although we often join together to serve in mission, each entity depends on its unique donors for support.
Much of our revenue goes directly to mission work. Our business information can be found here and in our annual reports.
Our Board of Directors and Leadership Team support and guide the Lay Missioner organization in fulfilling its social and spiritual responsibilities.
- Maryknoll Lay Missioners' History