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About us

JLMM send volunteers to Asia and Pacific-region.
The volunteers are called Lay missionary and live together with the local people sharing joys and sorrows through various activities.
Lay missionaries try to practice the words of Jesus Christ through their own lives and activities just like Jesus did.
Please click Overseas for overseas activities.

JLMM seeks applications for Lay missionary from August every year.
JLMM Lay missionaries operate activities for medical care, environment, agriculture and support of women and children together with the local people, and support programs of social welfare and development organized by local Catholic churches.
After seven monthsÅftraining in Japan, missionaries study local language in the country (mission area), and work there for two years (extension possible).

Candidate of Missionary
Guidelines for Applicants
Common Questions about Application
New missionaries under training

Messages from OBs and OGs

"The greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15 : 12) is a famous word by Jesus Christ. Each person is given a rich life and talent...Read more

The first Lay Missionaries Meeting was held from 2nd to 5th September, 2001 with all the current missionaries.
In the meeting we reflected our activities and discussed on subjects; What kind of group we are, what sort of activities we should engage in the future, etc. On the final day we adopted a Koh Samui Declaration...Read more

1981 Founded by Fr. Michael Siegel
1982 Started sending missionaries through VMM, UK
Dec 1983 Registered with Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan
1987 Renamed Lay Missionary Movement

Sept 2001

The first Lay Missionaries Meeting was held in Koh Samui, Thailand.
"Koh Samui Declaration" was adopted.
Total of 60 Lay missionaries were sent to Asian countries till 2001.
Apr 2002 Became independent from Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan.
Renamed Japan Lay Missionary Movement.
Became an authorized organization of Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan.
Feb 2007 Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the foundation.
Nov 2007   The second Lay Missionaries Meeting was held in Pattaya, Thailand

2006 Annual Report
(Japanese only)

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