As Seasons Change So Too Does Service To God’s Mission Of Love And Compassion That Add Creativity And New Life!

Maryknoll missionary priests and Brothers have been serving in countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America for 104 years now.  Traditionally, we had only accepted men from the United States to join us and they knew they would be sent outside the U.S. for mission service.  In the United States we have only served in special pastoral assignments such as Chinatown in New York City.  While our assignments still remain outside the U.S., since 2017 we have started accepting men from the countries where we serve.  Originally, we felt it important to strengthen local churches insisting their young men serve the Church in their homelands.  But so many of these local churches are now strong and among their young men there are those who wish to become Maryknoll Missioners.  So we now welcome these men to join us in Mission.

As missioners when we first arrive in new countries there is both excitement and some trepidation.  We all wonder if we have what it takes to learn new languages, adapt to new cultures and establish good healthy relationships with the people.  We are required to be patient with ourselves as we become like children again in so many ways.  Prayer becomes paramount in our lives as we depend so much upon God and slowly grow and acculturate in these new settings.  In the end it is so often the people in our host country who show us the face of Jesus through their hospitality and warm welcome.  The transformation that takes place in us is awesome and is best described as grace.  And that grace brings us so much happiness!

We hope you recognize how much you and so many others like you are needed today.  The message of God’s love for all people is so important.  It needs to be preached not only in words but in the actions of our daily lives.  Each of you is a messenger wherever you go and in whatever you do.  But, you still need to take some steps in the direction that will fulfill the dreams that have brought you in contact with us.  So, don’t be stymied by the challenge.  Rather, dream on and make the dream a reality!

As always we look forward to hearing from you at (vocation@maryknoll.org): Fr. Rodrigo Ulloa-Chavarry (Vocation Director), Fr. Mike Snyder, Fr. Joe Donovan and Mr. Greg Darr.


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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