Candidates are accepted into our orientation program after successfully completing the written application process and psychological evaluation.

We typically receive Preliminary Forms in the fall of each year, and the candidate goes through the application process in the spring. This allows for plenty of time for personal discernment, completing all components of the application process, and finalizing other personal logistics, such as selling a car or house before the formation program begins.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Practicing Catholics (in good standing with the church) who express their faith in service to the poor.
  • A U.S. or Canadian citizen.
  • Single or married, maximum 2 dependents.
  • Between the ages of 24 and 60.
  • Personal maturity, adaptability, good physical and psychological health.
  • College degree or needed skill, and a minimum of one year’s work experience.
  • Commitment to live and work with the poor of different religions, traditions, and cultures.
  • Commitment to learn a foreign language and immerse oneself in the local culture.
  • Commitment to live a simpler lifestyle, and forego many of the luxuries and comforts of North America.
  • Willingness to build community with other lay missionaries and work with the local church and other Comboni Missionaries.
  • Desire to participate in both traditional and contemporary Catholic prayers and faith practices.
  • Willingness to make a 3-year commitment overseas.

Application Process:

  • Submitting a Preliminary Form
  • Completing a written application form
  • Discernment Weekend (which includes the personal interviews by program staff)
  • Call to Mission Weekend (which includes the psychological interview and tests)
  • FBI background check
  • Physical health exam
  • Approval by our Admissions Team

See: Training