THE DYN COMMUNITY LEADERS

Our team works with Catholic educators to form young people as missionary disciples who seek, love, and serve Christ at the margins of society and their own experience.

We offer professional and spiritual development programs, curriculum consulting, classroom resources, and cross-cultural mission opportunities.

THE DYN COMMUNITY LEADERS

Our team works with Catholic educators to form young people as missionary disciples who seek, love, and serve Christ at the margins of society and their own experience.

We offer professional and spiritual development programs, curriculum consulting, classroom resources, and cross-cultural mission opportunities.

KEVIN MCCARTHY

DYN Team Leader

New York

WALTER HIDALGO

Program Specialist

New York

ANNA JOHNSON

Mission Educator

Seattle

STEPHANIE LUNA

Mission Educator

Los Altos

Barbara Escobar

Mission Educator

Los Angeles

Sr. Miriam Bannon, CCVI

Mission Educator

US


KEVIN MCCARTHY

Teacher/Catechist Team Leader

Kevin spearheads Maryknoll’s Teacher/Catechist outreach which provides resources and training to support teachers’ and catechists’ efforts to empower students who develop a global faith perspective rooted in the Gospel.

He has worked in Catholic secondary education for twenty years both as a teacher and counselor serving at different times as Chairperson of the Social Studies and Counseling departments. He has a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts and has done extensive graduate level studies in theology and ministry at both Elms College and the University of Dayton. 


WALTER HIDALGO

Program Specialist, New York

Walter coordinates the Discover Your Neighbor program, developing dynamic print and digital media resources that inspire and empower young people to live God’s mission. 

He holds a Doctorate of Ministry from New York Theological Seminary and a Masters of Art in Church History and Society from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. He has taught in university, college, high school, and alternative educational settings.

ANNA
JOHNSON

Mission Educator, Seattle

Anna works with Catholic educators and diocesan offices to develop innovative curriculum resources, faith formation approaches, and professional development programming. 

She has served and taught as a Holy Cross Lay Missionary in Uganda, and ministered in advocacy and educational outreach around Catholic Social Teaching. She majored in Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

STEPHANIE  
LUNA

Mission Educator, Los Altos (or Bay Area or California)

Luna collaborates with Catholic educators to integrate the call to mission in school and parish communities. Her work includes content creation, use of new technology and media, faith formation, reflection, and leadership development.

Luna’s experience includes leadership development in campus ministry at the university level. Additionally, as a participant in the Franciscan Community Volunteers Program, she lived with the Franciscan Sisters in Minnesota for a year as a member of an intentional community. She has also served with AmeriCorps in San Francisco, CA. Luna has a bachelor's degree in Media Production from California State University, East Bay.


Barbara
Escobar

Mission Educator, California

Barbara was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She discovered her love of ministry during her college years as a campus minister at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. She received a Masters in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and has worked in various directorial parish ministry roles (liturgy and formation) since then.

It was during this past year of the pandemic that she joined a Maryknoll Young Adult group merged together with CRS. The vision reminded her so much of the social justice/Catholic Social Teaching initiatives that she encountered during her Campus Ministry days, and the desire to get more directly involved in global mission and outreach grew. Outside of work, she enjoys reading (a lot), writing, volunteering, and hiking.


Sr. Miriam
Bannon, CCVI

Mission Educator, Midwest US

Miriam Bannon, CCVI, joined Maryknoll in May 2021 as Mission Educator Promoter in the Archdioceses of Galveston Houston and San Antonio. After receiving her M.Ed. and M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, Miriam left Ireland to serve as a lay missionary in Mexico and the US. From Sierra Tarahumara in the high plateau of Northern Mexico, to Mexico City, and finally to the US Midwestern heartland, Miriam has accompanied communities, a task she considers “akin to walking barefoot on sacred ground.”

 Miriam believes mission is central to the church. “Our lives do not have a pause button to do mission. Rather mission is a foundation on which we constantly build.” Miriam follows a vision of church that advocates living out Gospel values through solidarity with peoples living at the edges of society Mission is both a way of life and a life-changing experience.

DYN Advisory Board

Sarahi Unzueta

Coordinator, Lifelong Faith Formation & Liturgy at St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago, Michigan.

Colleen Santoni

Assistant Principal, St. Patrick
Catholic, School, 
Dallas ,Texas.

Leona Jewett

Middle School Religion teacher, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, El Paso TX

Rosemary Conroy

Societies and Religion Middle School teacher, International Baccalaureate school, Shoreline, WA

All gave permission to use their photo