Volunteer, Special Projects

Merwyn De Mello is Kenyan-born and of Indian heritage. He is a former Maryknoll Lay Missioner with years of service in Japan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. He has also served with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. 

Over the years, Merwyn’s work has encompassed a varied focus. This includes accompanying and advocating for refugees and other marginalized groups, promoting interfaith dialogue and joint actions, and coordinating peacebuilding initiatives in fragmented societies. He has collaborated in the designing, contextualization, and facilitation of workshops and trainings for different participant groups, on a range of topics within the peace curriculum.  

Merwyn is a graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s Masters Program at Eastern Mennonite University. He is Catholic and his wife, Kirstin, Quaker. Their faith practice is enriched and stretched by interactions and relationships with people from other faith traditions and cultures. The precepts and ethics of their faith guide their values and life choices. They live at the Dorothy Day Catholic Workers in Washington, DC, immersed in a model of simple living, hospitality, solidarity with the vulnerable, and witness through non-violent resistance. They strive to connect with the earth through gardening and living in harmony with nature.