How Maryknoll is Making a Difference
When children and families are in crisis—whether from sickness, hunger, civil war, or abuse—the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers respond with missions of hope.
Against a backdrop of despair, Maryknoll missioners bring hope.
Your Support Makes A Difference
Here’s how Maryknoll missioners are helping:
In the Isohe district of South Sudan, Father John Barth, M.M. has installed a solar-powered submersible pump that provides clean water for several parish buildings where people can go to fill their jugs. He has also brought clean water to a secondary school so kids are no longer dropping out.
“We are offering people the compassion of Our Lord.” ~ Father John
Since 1995 Father Gerard Hammond, M.M. has made over 50 medical mission trips to North Korea to treat patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Pope Francis said his work is an example of Catholic values in action. The Knights of Columbus presented Father Gerry with its highest honor, the Gaudium et Spes Award. In delivering life-saving medicines and equipment to treatment centers, Father Gerry is an apostle of compassion.
“I don’t see differences only human needs that are common to all of us.” ~ Father Gerry
The mineral-rich plains of Peru are coveted by large mining companies. Right now unregulated mining is polluting the land where indigenous people have farmed, fished, and raised livestock for generations. Father Robert Hoffmann, M.M. works with the people of Puno to support their land rights. With his backing and help from Human Rights and the Environment (or DHUMA, the Spanish acronym), people are fighting back in court to reclaim their land.
“We are training leaders to use Peru’s legal system in their own defense.” ~ Father Bob
After serving for decades in the poorest villages of Africa, Father Kenneth Thesing, M.M. now heads a group of Catholic religious who advise the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the U.N. in Rome. His message is urgent: Develop policies for the world’s poorest that insure access to food. Father Kenneth advocates for the preservation of communal lands and an end to land grabs that devastate family farms. He also urges the FAO to make land and credit available to more women as one way to end poverty.
“People are not numbers. They are human beings with rights and needs just like everyone else.” ~ Father Ken
Help us witness the compassion of Our Lord by example so the Catholic Church will always be a beacon of hope for the poor and oppressed.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
THE BEATITUDES (Matthew 5:3-12)
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
You can make sure that tomorrow is filled with promise for the world’s poorest.
Join US and with your gift to Maryknoll, we can be witnesses to Christ’s love and our commitment as Catholics to social and economic justice, especially in the developing world.