Have your prayer intentions remembered in our daily masses and communal prayers.

MIT – Father John Northrop (March 2018)

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Father John Northrop: Comfort and Healing

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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]Since my days as a seminarian working in a hospital, and then later as a young missioner making the rounds, I have always been drawn to visiting the sick. After more than 40 years in mission, I still am.

Today I serve in El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador from my posting at Cristo Salvador parish. I witness the compassion of Our Lord with an amazing group of Pastoral ministers—over 40 women and men. Working as a team, we visit the sick, the physically disabled, shut-ins, the elderly, and people recovering in the hospital.

These are just some of the people who welcome us into their lives and share their faith with expressions of gratitude…

Rosario Amalia is 28 and lives with her parents in a public housing project. Paralyzed from birth, she spends most of her time in a wheelchair, yet her smile always brightens up the room. Rosario Amalia looks forward to our weekly visits because “they greatly raise my spirits,” she says.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1530639714818{margin-top: 0px !important;}”]Upstairs in a housing block similar to Rosario Amalia’s, we visit 92-year-old Maria Alicia who rarely leaves home anymore. I hear her confession in the privacy of a bedroom. Then her daughter sets a table with lace cloth and candle. That’s where I give Maria Alicia the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion. She tells me how overjoyed she is to receive the Eucharist.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text el_class=”F18 Dred” css=”.vc_custom_1530628427812{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;}”]“Not surprisingly, people stop us in the street to tell us about friends or relatives who are suffering. Could we please find the time to visit? No one is ever denied.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”16776″ 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=”16782,16780,16781″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]I only arrived in El Salvador in 2010. But our parish’s ministry to the sick was already well established thanks to our pastor, Father Joaquin Alvarez Campos, who still mentors new Pastoral ministers.

Our Pastoral ministers love their work. Most serve two days a week but we are available for more visits if need be. On Mondays we meet for an hour in church to pray before starting our rounds. Then one group goes to the hospital while another goes to the homes of the sick to bring Communion. On Tuesdays we meet for Mass at the hospital chapel and then fan out into the wards to bring comfort and Holy Communion.

Not surprisingly, people stop us in the street to tell us about friends or relatives who are suffering. Could we please find the time to visit? No one is ever denied. When Jesus acknowledged the saving grace of our good works—“…I was ill and you cared for me…”—he gave us a model for the missionary life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Among the prayers I send to God each day are words of thanksgiving for you. I am so grateful for your support, and for allowing us to be the presence of Our Lord in simple and healing ways. My prayers are with you, too, as you “make the rounds” in your own life. Together we are living the Gospel as devoted partners in mission. What a blessing we have given each other.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”top”][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”F20″]

~ Father John Northrop, 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. James M. Lynch, Fr. Lam M. Hua, Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

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.

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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