Historical Note/Scope and Content


Records of the United States office of an international community of lay Christians who are catalysts for peace, social justice and human empowerment of the poor and marginalized,” founded by Edwina Gately in 1969, including minutes and reports of meetings, newsletters, project partner files, video recordings and other records documenting the group's activities. Gift of the Volunteer Missionary Movement USA, 2015.

Processed by Luke Frommelt and Phil Runkel, 2016.


Historical Note

The Volunteer Missionary Movement was founded in 1969 by Edwina Gately to respond to a need for lay people to become more involved with the Church and with mission life. Gately spent three years in Uganda working as a teacher and opening a school. She later returned to England, her home country, to train more missionaries. The Volunteer Missionary Movement was limited to projects in eastern Africa at its start but soon expanded to send volunteers to the rest of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

A Volunteer Missionary Movement office was opened in 1982 in the Chicago area and relocated to the current location of Greendale, Wisconsin in 1990. The Volunteer Missionary Movement has sent over two thousand volunteers to serve throughout the world as teachers, health care workers, pastoral associates in other occupations.

The Volunteer Missionary Movement collection contains financial documents, minutes from board meetings, information from project partners, newsletters, and videocassettes.

See also: Volunteer Missionary Movement-USA website.

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives