2019 IMPACT REPORT
A MESSAGE FROM OUR
In my letter for the 2014 Annual Impact Report, I reported that the new leadership resulting from the XIII General Chapter of the Maryknoll Society was tasked with continuing to engage dioceses around the country as we support the U.S. Church in its work to foster communities of missionary disciples, as well as ensuring that we continue to build the future of the Maryknoll Society.
Over the past six years, we celebrated the anniversaries of our China Education and Formators Project and the centennial of our first Maryknoll Mission Sending. In addition to looking back on these impressive milestones, we have also looked forward. We have extended our outreach by developing fresh and innovative ways of reaching our mission animation goals through short-term and immersion trips both abroad and within the U.S. We are engaging youth through the Discover Your Neighbor school programs in both English and Spanish. The Vocations program is in touch with 238 men at the initial inquiry state, 26 of whom are showing greater interest. This is a direct result of expanding our use of social media. We are also reaching the local community by opening our doors, most recently in response to Pope Francis’ call for celebration of Extraordinary Month of Mission.
For over 100 years, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers has always been about “extraordinary mission” both home and abroad. The continued financial and spiritual support of all our partners in mission has allowed Maryknoll to keep mission alive, by proclaiming the Gospel across all borders, serving the poor and celebrating our work with them and with everyone within the Catholic Church. It has been the honor and pleasure of this General Council to serve Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, and we look forward to the new opportunities and challenges in mission as we pass the torch of leadership on to a new General Council. May we all continue to grow as Missionary Disciples, sharing the Gospel and living our Catholic faith, even to the ends of the world.
– FATHER RAYMOND FINCH, M.M. SUPERIOR GENERAL
The Formation House also includes the Maryknoll Sisters. Included in the photo above is Sister Shu Chen Wu, M.M., formation director for the Maryknoll Sisters. (Maryknoll Mission Archives)
“The mission of the Christian in the world is a mission for all, a mission of service, which excludes no-one; it requires great generosity and in particular the gaze and heart turned heavenward to invoke the Lord’s help. There is so much need for Christians who bear witness to the Gospel with joy in everyday life. The disciples, sent by Jesus, ‘returned with joy’. When we do this, our heart fills with joy.” Pope Francis (July 3, 2016)
Our beloved Francis is a missionary pope. He understands the heart of Maryknoll. For 101 years, we have served God’s mission in countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Pope Francis characterizes this mission as one of joy – something that echoes true for us, as our hearts have indeed been filled with joy through the sharing of our lives, our faith, our hope and our love for God through the many experiences and friendships established with the people we have gone to serve.
We seek out and welcome men here in the United States and from countries where we serve who are willing to answer the call to be priests and brothers. This year we welcomed four young men who wish to become priests and another wishing to become a brother. We also ordained a new priest and welcomed the lifetime oath of a new brother. With 14 men in our formation program at this time, and perhaps six more joining us in 2020, we are excited as young men continue to answer the call expressed so eloquently by our Holy Father.
For 50 years now, Maryknoll has welcomed priests and brothers from here in the U.S. to join us for three-to-five years as associates. They have totaled 120, with three serving with us today.
By our very baptism, each of us is called to participate in God’s mission. So today, we also welcome those who wish to serve as short-term volunteers and/or join us for short, group immersion trips. Each year, more than 100 men and women from the United States participate with us in this capacity. Welcoming people to join Maryknoll in serving God’s mission throughout the world is a ministry that engages us all, even you our cherished sponsors. We are so grateful for your prayers and support. There may be future Maryknoll priests and brothers in your family and parish awaiting your encouragement. Let us place ourselves in union with Pope Francis who also tells us over and over again, “To be Christian is to be missionary.”
– FATHER MICHAEL J. SNYDER, M.M. DIRECTOR OF VOCATIONS
The Formation House also includes the Maryknoll Sisters. Included in the photo above is Sister Shu Chen Wu, M.M., formation director for the Maryknoll Sisters. (Maryknoll Mission Archives)
In the U.S., Maryknoll’s Missionary Discipleship Formation Program is for front-line parish, campus and diocesan ministers and others interested in integrating global solidarity and mission into their spirituality, ministry and programs. Drawing on our global experiences, we specialize in formation for catechists, teachers, deacons and parish leaders.
The Basic and Intermediate Programs each provide five hours of missionary discipleship formation based on Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel / Evangelii Gaudium. The program is offered periodically at our Maryknoll mission centers in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and New York.
Utilizing the Pastoral Circle methodology of See-Judge-Act, the interactive program integrates Scripture and Church teaching to help participants:
- See how their story is woven into God’s mission of love
- Discern a roadmap for encountering God through encounter at the peripheries
- Go forth boldly, rooted in a global perspective, with skills and resources to live, lead, and serve with abundant joy.
The completion of our Missionary Discipleship Formation weekend in Putnam, CT. (Courtesy of Deacon Kevin McCarthy).
Participants at one of Maryknoll’s Missionary Discipleship Formation Programs. (Courtesy of Maryknoll’s Catholic Education Department)
COUNTRIES IN MISSION
LOS ALTOS, CA
Father Raymond Finch, M.M. saying Mass at the 2019 Jubilee. (D.Mastrogiulio/U.S.)
Father Daniel Kim, M.M. (left) and Father Joseph Veneroso, M.M. leading an online prayer service. (Maryknoll Mission Archives)
Some new mission work happens close to home. The Maryknollers from our huge classes of the 1940s and 1950s are now in their eighties and nineties and on their “final mission” here at Maryknoll headquarters. A number of our younger and healthier Maryknollers have been given the privilege, by our Superior General, of accompanying these men on their twilight journey. How can we claim to proclaim Christ’s Gospel to the world if we do not practice it among ourselves? Thus, an elder missionary does not feel he is going into his final days alone, but rather in the warm company of other Maryknollers to help him along.
Outside of headquarters, two of our Maryknoll priests are assigned to churches in El Paso. In these poor Mexican-American churches, along with all their sacramental duties, the Maryknollers answer many other needs in the communities. The border with Mexico is just a few miles away, so these missionaries are also called upon to pay priestly visits to migrants of all ages in detention centers. There are also Maryknoll Sisters and Lay Missioners who work in the El Paso Diocese, so it feels like a “Maryknoll Family” effort there.
As always, a number of our Maryknollers are dedicated to visiting schools and parishes throughout the United States to inspire all to become more involved with preaching Christ to the nations, especially to those in poor and difficult circumstances. Be sure to say hello to us if we are preaching a mission appeal at your parish, and let us know that you are part of our greater family.
– FATHER KEVIN HANLON, M.M. UNITED STATES REGIONAL SUPERIOR
El Paso/Juarez immersion trip participants climbed a hill in Cuidad Juarez with students from a study center to see the border with the US from above. The study center offers a safe, supportive place for these children to learn, play, and build community. (Courtesy of USMEA’s Church Engagement Division)
On immersion trip (l. ro r.) Chuck Peabody, Scott Wright and Gerry Lee talk with an immigrant and his daughter reunited at Annunciation House in El Paso, TX. (D. Kelly/U.S.)
Helena Niño de Guzman, a Wisconsin kindergarten teacher on mission immersion trip, plays with children at Loretto-Nazareth Migrant Center in El Paso, TX. (D. Kelly./U.S.)
As the procession of desperate people from Central America walked its way north through Mexico bound for the United States, the leadership of the four organizations that share the Maryknoll name—Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and Maryknoll Affiliates— responded with compassion and dignity worthy of our nation. With each difficult step, the migrants fleeing for their lives asked the people of the United States to prepare, to open our arms and hearts, and to listen to the stories they have to tell—stories of violence, hunger and persecution, of pain, fear and hope.
As these vulnerable people approached, some with babies in their arms, many children themselves, we, as a community of Catholic men and women who have a long history in Central America and know their plight first hand, felt profoundly close to these sojourners. We recognized that this dense concentration of migrants sought to protect themselves from assault, exploitation, and theft on the dangerous journey to safety. Saint Óscar Romero taught us, “When the church hears the cry of the oppressed, it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.” Inspired by love, we worked together through Immersion Trips sponsored by the U.S. Mission Engagement Apostolate’s (USMEA) Church Engagement Division, as well as ministering in local parishes in and around El Paso, TX to act with compassion toward migrants and to work to transform our relationships with our southern neighbors to enable livable communities to flourish everywhere.
People of faith and goodwill participate in prayer vigils, cultural and community exchanges, working to heal the hearts of the faithful.
TOGETHER in mission
Students gather with immersion trip participants outside Caminando por la Paz in Guatemala City. This Caminando por la Paz was started by Father Thomas Goekler, M.M. to educate and rehabilitate at-risk youth so they can flourish and become positive contributors to society. (Courtesy of USMEA)
After attending the Guatemala immersion trip in 2019, a Catholic student at Yale University reflected, “God is inviting me to respond by engaging in more social justice activities back home. I think this will impact what job field I choose to go into.”
Maryknoll’s Immersion Trips provide the opportunity for university students, young adults, Catholic school teachers and administrators, catechists, parish priests, deacons and their wives, vocation prospects and donors to expand their horizons. They encounter God in new ways as they listen to stories of challenge and hope told by people from different cultures. They are inspired by the work of Maryknoll missioners and see firsthand the impact of mission in people’s lives. Formation is integrated into the trips so the participants can return home better equipped as missionary disciples. These encounters transform by raising new questions, discerning new life callings, shifting classroom learning to be more loving and culturally inclusive, and informing homilies and leadership decisions.
In 2019, 127 participants immersed themselves on 13 trips. These trips went to Guatemala, El Salvador, Jamaica, Tanzania, Kenya, Cambodia, Taiwan, Mexico and Bolivia. Trips to Appalachia, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area provided a unique opportunity to look at the U.S. through the lens of the global perspective.
These trips transform the way participants view their all aspects of their lives; and once home, that’s where the real work of solidarity begins. Through ongoing mission formation programs and resources, Maryknoll continues their partnership with the participants, helping them to discern the best ways of integrating God’s voice into their learnings, realizations, and relationships in their daily lives. Now, teachers include stories from Central America as they teach Scripture, parish staff create new service projects that connect them around the world, lawyers take on pro-bono immigration cases, parish priests and deacons incorporate global solidarity into their homilies and much more.
“I didn’t think I was interested in changing much about me, but now I like seeing things with the different perspective this trip has given me. From what I learned, that is a very Guatemalan thing to do. It seems like a small thing, but it makes a difference.”
REVEREND LAURENCE T. MURPHY, M.M.
Father Laurence Murphy, M.M. (Maryknoll Mission Archives)
Laurence Thomas Murphy was born on November 2, 1918. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1941, intending to make the Navy his life. After serving in WWII, he received a Presidential Citation and a Purple Heart for serving in the Battle of Savo Island and took part in eighteen separate combat operations, resigning from the Navy in 1947.
He left the Navy with the idea of becoming a priest but knew very little about that actual life. He taught mathematics at Seton Hall University intending to enter the diocesan seminary, but there was uncertainty. On his first, chance visit to Maryknoll, he was so impressed with the spirit of the seminarians he met and their freedom, and so began his career. In 1948, he entered Maryknoll on an accelerated program and was ordained in 1954.
Assigned to Taiwan, he and some classmates were first sent to Yale University for intense study in Mandarin and Korean in programs designed for Air Force intelligence. Although his Mandarin was only fair, in an 1988 interview he recalled getting off the train in New York behind some Chinese people and being delighted that he could understand everything they said.
An abrupt career shift sent him to the Maryknoll college seminary in Glen Ellyn to teach philosophy until 1959. After telling the Superior General that he thought he should go to mission before he got too old, he was assigned to the Philippines, returning to language school there to study Visayan. He stayed in the Philippines for one year but became quite ill and was sent to a hospital in Manilla where he was diagnosed with cancer with six months to live. Upon return to the U.S., his diagnosis was reversed, but he was told he could never be sent to a tropical climate to work again. Fr. Laurence returned to Glen Ellyn to continue teaching there, as well as teaching a religious course at the University of Notre Dame. While there, he earned his Ph.D.
In 1965, Fr. Murphy was assigned to the staff of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. This led to a number of appointments, including two positions in the Department of State. During his ten years there, he was able to combine his mission interests with the work by taking groups of diocesan directors and university chaplains to South America on somewhat extended trips.
Fr. Murphy returned to Seton Hall University in 1975 where he taught philosophy for four years prior to becoming President of Seton Hall, a position he held for one year. In 1981, he was assigned to the China Research & Liaison Group at Maryknoll, NY which provided him with the opportunity to meet many of the leaders of the Church and to arrange for some visits of those leaders to Hong Kong and the U.S.
In 1986, Fr. Murphy set up the China House in South Orange, NJ, as a residence for Chinese scholars at Seton Hall University and as an intercultural center, where he served as Director until 1999. Through the years, he worked with the Catholic Churches of China, North and South Korea, and has made about 35 trips through East Asia. He remained involved with the Chinese Catholic Church until 1999 when he retired. In 1993, he was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope John Paul II.
Currently residing in Maryknoll, NY, Fr. Murphy celebrated his 101st birthday in November 2019.
PARTNERS IN MISSION
Carol’s grandmother Mildred was the daughter of immigrant parents from Naples, Italy. When Mildred heard about Maryknoll’s beginnings in 1911, she wanted to share from what little she had with others around the world. Mildred began to support the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on a monthly basis by mailing coins taped to a piece of paper. Carol and her husband Mario have continued this support of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Richard McGee, Maryknoll National Bequest Representative, gave the family an open invitation to visit Maryknoll. During the Autumn of 2017, Carol and Mario drove from Florida to visit the Maryknoll Society center in Ossining, NY. They were both so grateful and happy to have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful grounds, participate in daily Mass and share meals and stories with the Maryknoll priests and brothers. Mario returned to God last year. Carol has purchased two memorial bricks in memory of Mario and other deceased relatives. These bricks are located in the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Memorial Garden. We are grateful to Carol for her continued support and for naming Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in her will.
DWAYNE & KELLEY
Shortly after Dwayne and Kelley were married, and by God’s providence, they discovered the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers at their parish through the Maryknoll magazine. After reading various articles in the magazine, they felt called to partner with Maryknoll in mission. Dwayne and Kelley stated, “Our Lord said, ‘whatever you do to the least of your brothers, you do unto me’; and since we were unable to physically be in the various places of need around the world to clothe, feed, educate and help the poor, we felt blessed and honored to support Maryknoll financially.”
Through their years of partnership with Maryknoll, Dwayne and Kelley commented their greatest pleasure is their interaction with the Maryknoll priests, brothers and lay missioners, hearing their wonderful stories of God’s work through mission. This interaction makes the work tangible for them and provides context for how the contributions of those who support Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers are making a difference in the world. Dwayne and Kelley believe we are all called to mission, and they are so thankful for the opportunity Maryknoll provides them to play a small role in serving God, “loving our neighbor through a sustainable, internationally- focused mission that has been bringing the light of Christ to our brothers and sisters in need for over 100 years.”
Jane loves Maryknoll and loves being retired in Florida, where she and her late husband, Peter, moved in 1977. Their friendship with Maryknoll started years before in NY, where Jane and Peter went to high school with Danny Lanza, who became a Maryknoll Missioner. Jane and Peter began supporting Maryknoll to help Danny’s mission work in Guatemala.
Peter’s work moved them often in their 48 years of marriage. In the 1960s, he was assigned to the Ossining area and soon learned that Maryknoll was just up the hill. He wasted no time inquiring there about a job for his bride, where Jane loved working as a secretary until Peter was reassigned once again.
Along with her regular support of Maryknoll, Jane donated some appreciated stock to forward Maryknoll’s mission work, which also avoided capital gains taxes for her. She invested in several annuities, which supports mission and provides her with interest income for life. And through the residual of her annuity gifts, as well as her bequest, Jane can continue helping Maryknoll when her mission on earth has ended.
At 90, Jane loves baking biscotti, which she gives to friends at Christmas, volunteering at the Daily Bread soup kitchen and Knights of Columbus ladies auxiliary, enjoys weekly Bingo at the American Legion and attends Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
IN GRATITUDE TO OUR
FRIENDS OF MISSION
Especially as we did during the Extraordinary Month of Mission, October 2019, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers thank God for our “Friends of Mission”, whose prayers and support send Maryknoll out into the world to offer the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Your part in our shared vocation of our Church’s Mission has everlasting rewards for humanity as a whole, and for individuals who experience God’s love. We pray that you also enjoy these personal rewards both now and forever.
With your faith-filled support of our Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
through a charitable gift, such as a Bequest or Gift Annuity, you have
enabled us to plan for our future, continuing in mission and sharing the
Good News, the Gospel and Jesus Christ’s love by giving new life to communities
all over the globe. We also hope to continue to strengthen the
baptismal missionary vocations of Catholics here in the United States.
In gratitude for your active love of mission, we respectfully enroll you in
our Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Legacy Society. As a Legacy Society
member, you and your family will be included in a prayerful remembrance
at the Maryknoll Legacy Society Mass, which is held annually on November
1, All Saints’ Day. We also promise a weekly remembrance at Mass
every Friday at our Society Center in Maryknoll, NY, as well as in the
prayers and Masses of our Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers around the
world. A subscription to our Stewardship Newsletter is included as well.
2019 LARGEST ESTATES
|Estate of Stella Chervenak
Estate of Wilfred Cook
Estate of Helen Devlin
Estate of Franics & Marie Dykeman
Estate of Victor Keppers
|Estate of Patricia McBride
Estate of Alfred Meyer
Estate of Nelly Nigro
Estate of Osborn Pinney
Estate of John Royse
Contributions received by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers support the global missionary ministries of Maryknoll priests and Maryknoll brothers, as well as the formation and education of Maryknoll priesthood and brotherhood candidates whom God is calling to serve in mission. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers serve in more than 20 countries. This includes mission education outreach in the United States. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers also generously support many senior Maryknoll priests and Maryknoll brothers who continue their lives of ministry through prayer and witness.
CATHOLIC FOREIGN MISSION SOCIETY OF AMERICA, INC.
Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets
For the year ended December 31, 2019
THE GENERAL COUNCIL
OF THE MARYKNOLL FATHERS AND BROTHERS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, Inc.
AUDIT COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Mr. Walter J. Cook, CPA
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Fr. Thomas O’Brien (Assistant General) , Fr. Raymond Finch (Superior General), Fr. Joseph Everson III (Vicar General) and Fr. Russell Feldmeier (Assistant General) (V. Concha-Nuñez/U.S.)
“Maryknoll reaches out to the hungry. We serve those who have been shunned or hurt. We share the Gospel with anyone willing to listen, or permitted to listen. With your prayers and with your gifts to Maryknoll, we continue to impact communities and people around the world.”
— Fr. Raymond J. Finch, M.M. | Superior General
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“I would like to appeal to all… to help with efforts in order to ensure the
adequate legal protection of our common home.” — Pope Francis
At Maryknoll, we have long been focused on acting as instruments of vangelization by demonstrating respect for human life and dignity, promoting the common good and the virtue of solidarity with the poor and oppressed, and caring for the special concerns of the poorest members of the human community, as poverty and environmental degradation often go hand in hand.
Maryknoll’s Eco-Mission Team brings together existing initiatives, future plans and a communications component that conveys the Society’s environmental efforts to key audiences: benefactors, mission partners, the Catholic Church in the U.S. and others.
Our Goals include:
|• Minimizing our organization’s impact and maximizing
future generations’ ability to live, work and play in
our shared natural environment;
• Ensuring equal access to clean air, clean water and
• Striving to minimize pollution and waste, conserve
energy and water, protect habitat, support renewable
energy resources, buy environmentally-friendly products
and encourage environmentally preferable transportation;
• Extending, to the degree possible, our efforts with
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers has demonstrated outstanding commitment to many areas of sustainability and was
honored at the 2019 Green Business Partnership Award Ceremony with the award for outstanding achievements related
to the conservation and treatment of water as the precious resource it is.