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, newsletters, missioner and project partner files, and other records documenting the group's activities. 

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. The Volunteer Missionary Movement has sent over two thousand volunteers to serve throughout the world as teachers, health care workers, pastoral associates, and in other occupations.

A Volunteer Missionary Movement office was opened in 1982 in the Chicago area and relocated to Greendale, Wisconsin in 1990. It closed in 2017.

Gift of the Volunteer Missionary Movement USA, 2015.

Processed by Luke Frommelt and Phil Runkel, 2016.

Series Box Folder Folder Title
1 1 1-2 Financial Statements, 1987-2003
1 1 3 General Information, 1982-2000, undated
1 1 4-5 Minutes of Meetings, 1988-2001
1 1 6 Newsletters, 1982-1985, 2006-2014
1 1 7 Project Partners, 1990-1996
1 2 1 Reports, 1981-2001
1 2 2 Videocassette recording summarizing meeting in Milwaukee focused on improving cooperation between European and US  groups, with Ellen Belle, Edwina Gately, and John Sexton, 18 October 1992
1 2 3 VMM International, 1981-1995
Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives