Maryknoll Society Leadership

The Maryknoll Society’s general council assumed office on September 27, 2021 to lead the approximately 350 Maryknoll priests and Maryknoll Brothers who currently serve in mission in 22 countries, including the United States.

Every six years, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers convene a General Chapter to establish goals and policy for the future, and to select new leadership.

Fr. Lance Nadeau

Superior General

Father Lance Nadeau, a 38-year missioner who has served throughout the Middle East and Africa, has been elected Maryknoll Superior General. Father Nadeau, 74, is from Philadelphia, PA, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Fr. James M. Lynch

Vicar General

Father James M. Lynch, a 27-year missioner who has served in Latin America and is currently Procurator General, has been elected Maryknoll Vicar General. Father Lynch, 74, is from Cleveland, OH, and the Archdiocese of Cleveland.

Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly

Assistant General

Father Timothy O. Kilkelly, a 39-year missioner who has served in the Asia Region and currently heads the China Educators and Formators Project, was elected a Maryknoll Assistant General. Father Kilkelly, 61, from Minneapolis, MN, and the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis.

Fr. Juan Montes Zúñiga

Secretary General

Father Zúñiga was born on September 16, 1955, in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated from South Antonio High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana (1980) and a Master’s of Divinity degree from Maryknoll School of Theology, Ossining, New York (1988).


We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.


L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly, Fr. Juan Montes Zúñiga)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.


L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)





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Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.

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