Catholic Missionary Trips

Catholic Missionary Trips

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Make a Difference with Catholic Missionary Trips!

Glenmary’s Group Volunteer Missionary Work Program is back in action with safe social distancing guidelines. CLICK HERE for details.

Volunteer for a Week, a Month or a Year!

Glenmary offers many opportunities for volunteers interested in serving the home missions. Learn More.

Glenmary’s Catholic missionary trips are designed to give participants a firsthand experience of missionary service. Each week-long session is a retreat-like mission immersion blending the values of service, culture, prayer, reflection and sharing in an environment of simple living. The Glenmary Group Volunteer Program site is located in Grainger County, Tenn.

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Sacred Encounter

Learn, Serve, Love


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This is an opportunity for adult Catholics to assist a resident director in the supervision of high-school and college volunteer groups at Toppa Joppa Mountain in eastern Tennessee for one year. Persons selected provide leadership for short-term missionary immersion experiences.

What is Glenmary?

Glenmary is a Catholic society of priests, brothers and lay missioners who serve primarily in Appalachia and the deep South. Glenmary was founded in 1939 by Father William Howard Bishop, who had a dream that the Catholic Church would be present everywhere in the United States.

Glenmary has served mission churches in 14 states with the goal to return developed parishes to the care of the local diocese. We can then move on to new mission territory.

Glenmary is proud that more than 120 parishes are former Glenmary missions. Our missions are in counties where less than 1% of the population is Catholic, as high as 75% claim no faith affiliation at all. Poverty averages 20%, almost two times the national average.