Join us for Missionary Discipleship Institute – 2018-2019 school year!

Join the MDI! Missionary Discipleship Institute 2018-19
“Dear young people, the Lord, the Church, the world are waiting for your answer to the unique call that each one receives in this life! Do you accept the challenge?”
– Pope Francis to youth, Feb 11, 2018

You’re Invited!

The Office for Catholic Schools invites you to join us in inviting and shepherding students to embrace the call to be missionary disciples who go forth as living signs of God’s love and compassion to the world.
We teamed up with the Missions Office of the Archdiocese and Maryknoll Mission Education to develop a program which invites seventh grade students to answer this call through a year-long class exploration of what it means to be a Catholic in and for the world, integrating faith, global awareness, and authentic living of Catholic Social Teaching.
Please note: There is no cost to participate in MDI and activate the amazing resources for our Catholic schools teachers.

What is the MDI?
The Missionary Discipleship Institute (MDI) consists of three units—aligned with our Archdiocesan Religion Standards—to provide a framework for students to encounter the lives of their neighbors on the margins and the injustices that they face; reflect on how the Church responds in love and the disturbance this creates in our own sense of discipleship; and discern, develop, and carry out a missionary response. Throughout the year, students engage in a local immersion experience, research issues currently prevalent in our world, and are empowered to take hopeful Christian action. A commitment to these three units can serve as your core 7th grade religion curriculum for the school year.

SIGN UP! Click here to register your seventh grade class for the 2018-19 MDI. REGISTRATION is OPEN!

A Year at a Glance…what does MDI looks like through the year?
Take a look at the MDI Proposed Timeline for Grade 7 teachers.

Welcome to the following
NEW MDI schools!!!
Assumption, Bellingham
Holy Rosary, Edmonds
St. Michael School, Snohomish
St. Bernadette, Burien
St. Philomena, Des Moines
Seattle Nativity, Seattle
St. Edward, Seattle

Finally, we’d like to recognize the following schools that have participated in part or full in the MDI since its inception in three schools years ago:

All Saints, Puyallup
Assumption/St. Bridget, Seattle
Holy Family Kirkland
Holy Family Bilingual Catholic, Seattle
Holy Rosary, West Seattle
HRRS/Juan Diego Academy, Tacoma
Our Lady of Fatima, Seattle
Our Lady of Guadalupe, West Seattle
Our Lady of Lourdes, Vancouver
Our Lady of the Lake, Seattle
Sacred Heart, Bellevue
St. Anne, Seattle
St. Benedict School, Seattle
St. George School, Seattle
St. John School, Seattle
St. Joseph, Chehalis
St. Joseph, Issaquah/Snoqualmie
St. Louise School, Bellevue
St. Luke, Shoreline
St. Madeleine Sophie, Bellevue
St. Mark School, Shoreline
St. Matthew, Seattle
St. Monica School, Mercer Island
St. Patrick School, Tacoma
St. Therese Catholic Academy, Seattle

We are so inspired by these school communities as they bring missionary discipleship into our classrooms and out into the world – hallelujah!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Kelly Hickman of the Missions Office ( or Anna Johnson ( of

In gratitude,
Kristin Dixon, Superintendent, Office for Catholic Schools
Kelly Hickman, Missions Office
Anna Johnson, Maryknoll Mission Education
Sandy Barton Smith, Assistant Superintendent, Office for Catholic Schools