The Third Wave Mission Institute (Mission in the Third Wave of Globalization) met in San Antonio, TX on October 26 & 27. The Institute was formed to respond to the needs of the recent emergence of Christians involved in short-term mission and parish partnership efforts. Fr. Gerry Kelly MM heads up this initiative that includes 11 other board members from different dioceses and organizations throughout the country. Bob Short is the other Maryknoller on the board. See: https://thirdwaveofmission.org/
Astonishingly, it is estimated that several million people!! – from colleges, high schools and parishes go on short-term (averaging 10 days) immersion trips each year. Most of those are young and about 1.5 million are Catholics.
The primary focus of the Third Wave Mission Institute is to provide formative training for those going on these immersion trips and, more recently, to also provide debriefing sessions upon return. Both of these formative aspects have been minimal or completely missing in the past. Several times during the meeting, the Maryknoll Affiliates were mentioned as a key resource for future growth. More to come about this.