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Join Maryknoll as We Help Protect Our Species

“If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy.” ~ EarthDay.org

On April 22, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries will join together for Earth Day, the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. This year’s theme is ‘Protect Our Species.’ According to EarthDay.org, the unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few.

In Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, a historic encyclical on the environment, he calls on human beings to respect, cherish and stop exploiting planet earth and to hear the cry of the poor. As one of God’s stewards, you can help the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers continue to promote healthy ways of deriving sustenance we need from our planet through organic farming and projects like beekeeping to help pollinate fruit trees.

Stewardship for the planet is an important facet of our 100+ years of work in mission to share God’s love and the Gospel in combating poverty, providing healthcare, building communities, promoting human rights and protecting the earth’s resources.

Maryknoll missioners protect the earth’s resources – learn about some of our projects:

Beekeeping Project in Chile

The Parish of Cristo Resucitado in Curico, Chile has been helping a majority of the poor people living around that parish. One of Brother John Nitsch’s projects is helping the locals raise bees. Raising bees is an important resource for the environment. First, the bees will help pollinate the local orchards and fruit-bearing trees. Secondly, the harvest and sale of honey will be an income generating opportunity for the locals. Br. Nitsch is not only helping the environment regenerate but in the process is also helping the poor people become more independent.

Agricultural Project in Kenya

The farmers in the Kakamega region in Kenya, who mainly grow sugar cane and maize, are facing agricultural problems such as poor sugar cane harvests, poor prices, decline in soil fertility and unpredictable rainfall to name a few. A climate-smart agriculture program needed to be developed to help the farmers with these current challenges. Father Lance Nadeau aims to rent 2-3 plots of land and purchase experimental seeds to teach local farmers the advantages of adapting new crops for their own fields. This would help rejuvenate the land and would enable small farmers to be financially independent in the future.

ABOUT MARYKNOLL

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.

OUR GENERAL COUNCIL

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

(Fr. Tom O’Brien, Fr. Ray Finch, Fr. Joe Everson, Fr. Russ Feldmeier)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Fr. Ray Finch.

OUR FOUNDERS

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

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

PLACES WE SERVE

EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

USA

STORIES OF MISSION

(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

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.

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Enrich your own vocation, walk-in solidarity with people overseas, and work together with Maryknoll Missioners. We offer US priests and Brothers ordained elsewhere the opportunity to work in overseas missions.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop
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