And Now We Prepare For Pentecost

Preparing for Pentecost, Father Mike Snyder


Former Superior General, Fr. John Sivalon, once described Mission this way:

A tangle of twigs lies drying in the sun,

and then a spark catches one, and she,

Astonished by divinity, topples and tumbles and ignites

Another and another and another and

Soon the whole tangle is aflame

Gibber jabbering in many tongues!

Chattering and blabbering until babbling comes

Singing – in so many harmonious parts even the twigs can’t count them!

These words reminded me of the Apostles at Pentecost: “Suddenly, from up on the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was heard throughout the house where they were seated.  Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them.  All were filled with the Holy Spirit.  They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them.” (Acts 2:2-4)

As the Apostles boldly went forth proclaiming the saving message of Jesus so too have generations of men and women who have followed in their footsteps.  They have been like twigs filled with the fire, the passion for God’s Mission as lived in the Paschal Mystery that is Jesus.  For the past 108 years Maryknollers have been among those twigs generating sparks that have ignited others and others and others.  We continue to go forth and invite you to join us for the short term as volunteers, the long term as lay missioners, and the life term as Priests, Brothers, and Sisters.  We welcome you to Maryknoll!

Summer 2024

Hello, friends! I hope this newsletter finds you well. The Vocations Team has prepared this edition with your journey in mind, whether you are discerning a call to priesthood or brotherhood, or simply deepening your engagement with mission.


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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