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MIT – Father Robert A. Jalbert (August 2018)

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Father Robert A. Jalbert: Sendings and Blessings

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Times change… mission changes. But one thing stays the same: Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers’ commitment to witnessing the Gospel.

This September our Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of our first mission sending. Back then, four young missioners left home to bring the message of salvation to the people of China.

When our first Maryknollers arrived there, their goal was to develop a native Church with its own clergy and religious. Over the years, more Maryknollers arrived with the same zeal of our founders and first missioners. Remember in 1908, Pope Pius X had declared the United States no longer a missionreceiving country but a mission-sending one. And Maryknoll complied!

As our Fathers and Brothers gained understanding of the Chinese people, they moved away from Western approaches to evangelization. But no sooner had this phase begun that it was cut short by the government’s decision to remove all foreign missioners. Maryknollers suffered during the purges. Some lost their lives. But the seed of mission was planted.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1537365446862{margin-top: 0px !important;}”]In recent years, Maryknollers have served on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong as educators and teachers. Then in the 1990’s, God opened another door. Through Maryknoll’s China Educators and Formators Project, Chinese priests and religious come to the United States to earn advanced degrees at our nation’s Catholic universities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text el_class=”F18 Dred” css=”.vc_custom_1537364847397{margin-right: 15px !important;margin-left: 15px !important;border-top-width: 1px !important;border-right-width: 1px !important;border-bottom-width: 1px !important;border-left-width: 1px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-left-color: #440000 !important;border-right-color: #440000 !important;border-top-color: #440000 !important;border-bottom-color: #440000 !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]“Maryknollers helped address the need for housing, healthcare, education, and job training—and we still do.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”18139″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_3d”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”18141,18145,18142,18140″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Once their studies are completed, participants return home to better serve as seminary teachers, superiors of religious communities, and pastoral ministers. Imagine this: Five graduates of our program have been appointed bishops by the Holy See!

With our early missions in China developing as circumstance allowed, God continued to reward us with other blessings. Many young men answered the call to priesthood and brotherhood by becoming Maryknoll priests and Brothers. This enabled us to begin sending missioners to Latin America and Africa.

Before long these men also became beacons of hope, especially for the poor and marginalized. Maryknollers helped address the need for housing, healthcare, education, and job training—and we still do. We respond when natural disasters strike. And in recent years, we are helping communities address powerful interests that are causing harm to the environment.

Eventually, Maryknoll would send missioners to 47 countries. That legacy continues in many outposts where parishes and community life remain vibrant even though Maryknoll missioners no longer serve there.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When I think about my own mission work in Kenya and Tanzania—experiences that deepened my faith—I realize how indebted I am to the four men who left home in 1918 to begin Maryknoll’s first 100 years. I am grateful to you, too, because your constant prayers and support are “the wind beneath our wings.” May God bless us all as we begin our second century of mission, proclaiming God’s love to the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”top”][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”F20″]

~ Father Robert A. Jalbert, M.M.

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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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