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Lay Missioners - FAQs

  1. How long of a commitment is required?
  2. What are the requirements?
  3. What could I do in mission?
  4. Where can I serve?
  5. How are lay missioners supported financially?
  6. What do I have to do to become a lay missioner with Scarboro Missions?
  7. How do I prepare myself for mission overseas?

Frequently Asked Questions about Lay Mission

  1. How long of a commitment is required?
    We require a three-year commitment, which includes a four-month Preparation Program here in Canada followed by two-and-a-half years overseas. Scarboro Missions encourages long term missionary commitments. One of our lay missioners has been with Scarboro Missions for since 1981, while some others walk with us for three years.
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  3. What are the requirements?
    Applicants must be between 23 and 55 years of age (exceptions considered on a case by case basis), Canadian citizens or permanent residents and Catholic. We are looking for people with a faith motivation, desiring to serve and to learn from others; people who have demonstrated their desire to reach beyond themselves and have shown this by their volunteer and/or work experience. We ask that candidates have post-secondary education and/or some relevant work experience. We look for people who are particularly drawn to accompanying people in an overseas cross-cultural setting. For a complete list of requirements contact the Lay Mission Office.
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  5. What could I do in mission?
    Our lay missioners come from a wide range of professional and educational backgrounds. As a lay missioner, one would be a presence among the poor and offer your particular gifts and talents in reponse to people's needs. This can include health, education, pastoral work, construction and more.
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  7. Where can I serve?
    Currently, we are sending lay missioners to China, Malawi, Thailand and Guyana. However, placement possibilities do change over time.
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  9. How are lay missioners supported financially?
    While overseas, the basic needs such as accommodation and food are covered by Scarboro Missions. Lay missioners also receive a small stipend. During the four-month Preparation Program, room and board and transportation are covered. We ask that candidates come with some funds to cover their personal expenses during this four-month period.
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  11. What do I have to do to become a lay missioner with Scarboro Missions?
    Start the application process online or email Mary Olenick, Coordinator of the Lay Mission Office at lmo@scarboromissions.ca.
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  13. How should I prepare myself for mission overseas?
    Scarboro Missions provides a compulsory, four-month live-in Preparation Program that usually begins in January. The program facilitates sharing ideas, insights and faith reflections. Through courses and workshops, tools are taught for living and working with others in a new cultural reality. The ongoing process of adapting to a new culture continues throughout the language studies as well as time spent in the receiving country.

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Will you respond whole heartedly to the call of the Spirit and the Church?

Perhaps you can! If you think it may be as a Scarboro Missioner, answer Christ's call and contact us. We welcome those who feel called as lay missioners and priests. We invite you to walk with us...it may change your life!

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