Missionary Discipleship Institute for Our 7th Graders

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

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

Welcome to the following 2018-2019 MDI schools!!!

  1. Holy Family School, Kirkland
  2. St. Louise School, Bellevue
  3. St. Madeleine Sophie School, Bellevue
  4. Christ the King School, Seattle
  5. Our Lady of Fatima School, Seattle
  6. Our Lady of the Lake School, Seattle
  7. St. Benedict School, Seattle
  8. St. John School, Seattle
  9. St. Matthew School, Seattle
  10. St. Catherine School, Seattle
  11. Assumption School, Bellingham
  12. Holy Rosary School, Edmonds
  13. St. Mark School, Shoreline
  14. St. Mary Magdalen School, Everett
  15. St. Michael School, Snohomish
  16. St. Thomas More School, Lynnwood
  17. Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School, Seattle
  18. Holy Rosary School, West Seattle
  19. Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Seattle
  20. St. Bernadette, School, Burien
  21. Francis of Assisi School, Burien/Seahurst
  22. St. Philomena School, Des Moines
  23. St. Edward School, Seattle
  24. St. George School, Seattle
  25. St. Joseph School, Chehalis
  26. St. Rose School, Longview
  27. St. Michael School, Olympia

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