Are missionaries really needed these days!

Recently I read a letter from Br, Bill Firman FSC, the Executive Director of Solidarity with South Sudan.  As you may be aware, conflict returned to South Sudan in late 2013 testing the resolve of the Catholic Church to continue the mission. As the South Sudanese Bishop Erkolano expressed so succinctly at a Solidarity With South Sudan Board meeting,

“If the missionaries leave, the people lose hope.”

This organization, Solidarity With South Sudan, is a collaborative effort by many religious congregations to send missionaries to live and work among a suffering people and identify even more with the Passion of Christ, and his challenge, ‘Could you not watch one hour with me.’

The facts are that, although they have only been able to maintain a presence in Malakal through Maryknoll priest, Fr Mike Bassano, working as chaplain in the UN Protection of Civilians Camp, their other enterprises are thriving: they have 123 students in residence following three-year programs to become registered nurses or midwives in their Catholic Health Training Institute (CHTI) in Wau where Maryknoll Fr. Tom Tiscornia serves; and they have 121 resident students in their Solidarity Teacher Training College (STTC) in Yambio where Maryknoll Lay Missioner Gabe Hurrish is serving. The quality graduates from these well-resourced institutes are highly regarded throughout South Sudan and are now helping their own people significantly.

Their Pastoral teams continue to offer many programs training local pastoral workers, including trauma healing facilitators, and provide two of the four permanent staff at the new Good Shepherd Peace Centre just out of Juba. Further, they have a thriving 50 hectare ‘model farm’ providing training in best self-subsistence agricultural techniques, and employing up to 80 workers daily, while providing food in support of their STTC and the 6000 Internally displaced people clustered around the Church in Riimenze.

In spite of the setbacks, Maryknoll has served with this organization, Solidarity With South Sudan, through these ten very productive years since the organization was founded.

Are missionaries really needed these days?  We’ll let you answer that question.  Contact Fr. Mike at vocation@maryknoll.org

Holy Week Vocation Retreat at Maryknoll

Join us during Holy Week for a weekend retreat at the Maryknoll Center in New York, exploring a life-path of service and adventure as a Maryknoll overseas missioner.

  • Starts Wed., March 28th and ends Easter Sunday morning, Apr. 1st
  • Meet Maryknoll Missioners and talk with our Vocations team 
  • Discover the unique vocational calling of becoming a missionary priest or a Brother, sharing God’s Love with those most in need around the world

Located just 20 miles north of New York City and overlooking the Hudson River, it’s a great location with a campus that allows you to get out and enjoy nature! Come meet men and women like you who are seeking a closer relationship with God through embracing a vocation as priest, Brother, Sister, or Lay Missioner.

Contact Fr. Mike Snyder at msnyder@maryknoll.org  for further information!


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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