Apply to Be a Lay Missionary

Interested in serving as a lay missionary with us?

Please first review the application process and minimum requirements listed below.  Before you apply, we also encourage you to look at Discerning My Missionary Call.

Application Process & Requirements
Orphanage for special needs children in Asia   
Requirements
        • Minimum 22 years of age
        • Minimum B.A. college degree or equivalent work experience required
        • Minimum 3 months of Asian language study highly encouraged
        • Previous international and cross-cultural living experience
          • Minimum 4 months' int'l experience required for year program
        • Active church involvement
        • Leadership, teaching or organizational experience
        • Ability to take strong initiative and work independently in an unstructured environment
        • Responsible and reliable with a solid work ethic
        • Two letters of reference (one must be from church leader or staff)

                            Step 1 - Online Interest Form

For those interested in applying, timely submission of the Online Interest Form - located below - is required before the written application can be sent out.  The rest of the application process will proceed according to your program track.  Thank you!

Spring Mission Experience

This unique 3-month program is intended to familiarize lay Catholics with the experience of missionary life in Asia.  During your time in Asia, you will have the opportunity to engage in various short-term ministries with young adults, while serving as a bold and compassionate witness of your faith amidst the excitement and challenges of a foreign culture.  Participation in the Spring Mission Experience is an excellent way to discern if you are called to serve as a novice lay missionary in our year program.


Step 2 - Written Application

Written Application (deadline Dec 3rd)

Step 3 - Interview + Add'l Screening

Screening of successful applicants
  • Interview
  • Background check
  • Physical exam
Step 4 - Formation Program

Successful completion of the above application and screening process will grant admission to our Winter Formation Program (link)
  • Intensive 2-week course schedule
  • Spiritual growth and discernment
  • Social justice service outings
  • Two spiritual direction interviews
Service
  • 3 months: February - May
  • 1 week:  May (stateside)
Gathering for dim sum with friends in ministry in Hong Kong.
Year Mission Program

Our regular year program trains and sends qualified Catholic lay men and women to serve as novice lay missionaries for 9 months in Asia.  This more demanding missionary program is intended to help develop lasting and sustainable ministry programs as well as deeper relationships to help carry on the growth of the faith for years to come.

More extensive training is provided for those who have properly discerned to serve at least a year in the mission field.  Serving Christ amidst the unique challenges and blessings that the mission field brings is an experience unlike any other.  Lay missionaries who serve for a year or more will find their life forever changed by the beauty of joining so many others on their respective journeys of faith as you continue to grow in your own faith along the path to sainthood.

Step 2 - Written Application

Written Application (deadline April 20th)

Step 3 - Interview + Add'l Screening

Screening of successful applicants
  • Interview
  • Background check
  • Physical exam
  • Psychological evaluation
Step 4 - Formation Program

Successful completion of the above application and screening process will grant admission to our Summer Formation Program (link)
  • Intensive 8-week course schedule
  • Spiritual growth and discernment
  • Social justice service outings
  • Two spiritual direction interviews
  • Social team-building experiences
Service
  • 9 months:  September - May
  • 1 month:  June (stateside)
Radiating Christ's joy with children in an Indian village.