| Maryknollers will teach how to be missionaries
A weekend retreat for people in Catholic ministry is designed to bring out the missionary of its participants. That is a goal of the Mission Education Training Retreat, as it is called. It is about helping people become aware of their role in mission.
"All people are called to be missionaries," said Kris East, the mission promotion coordinator at the Maryknoll Regional Mission House in San Lorenzo, where the retreat will be held. "We are called to greater salvation."
The retreat also closely follows the heart of the man called the world's pastor – Pope Francis. "We are keeping up with the pope's message to go out and encounter God in others," East said.
This gathering is specifically for Catholic school teachers, directors of religion education, catechists and anyone who teaches the faith to others. It will be held from April 4 to 6 at the San Lorenzo center. East and Deacon Matt Dulka, who serves as regional director at the center, will be facilitators throughout the weekend.
The curriculum covers the scriptural, theological and historical foundation of mission; various models of mission; and the skills and resources needed to pass on this sense of mission to the next generation. Participants will also review the life of Jesus and the Second Vatican Council.
Participants will work on their own personal and ministerial identity and learn how to integrate mission education into their own ministry.
At previous retreats about 15 to 16 people participated.
At the end of the weekend participants will be asked to write a plan of how they will incorporate what they have learned about mission education into their own ministry.
Instead of a fee for the weekend retreat, people are asked to consider a "suggested donation" of $90, for those staying at the mission house, and $60 for participants who commute. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, East said. Donations help cover the cost of materials, such as DVDs and reading materials.
The Maryknoll Regional Mission House is located at 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo.
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