“Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.”  1 John 3:18

The journey is as important as the destination—an adage that rings ever more true after our past year of enormous sacrifice.  So many heroes, caregivers, and prayer—givers dedicated themselves to the healing.  Their work has been a special calling, and we are grateful for all they do.  They exemplify for me the value and dignity of all work—by the sung and unsung, the known and the unknown.     

Yesterday was the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker, our steadfast model of the man who understood the dignity of work.  He underscores by example the contribution we can each make to the well-being of our communities when we use our God-given skills for the greater good. 

Some call Joseph the Silent Saint.  But through his work he was more than eloquent.  Joseph provided for his family with the skills of a carpenter and the devotion of a husband and father who understood he had a noble role to fulfill.  In recognition of Joseph’s special calling, the Church celebrates the dignity of all work on May 1. 

Joseph taught us that work is the way we participate in the creative life of God our Father. Through our work-offering, whatever and wherever that might be… in an office, in our homes, caring for a loved one, tutoring a child… we are cooperating with God in bringing about the fullness of creation.

Friend, work-offerings in union with the Gospel are the way we build God’s kingdom on earth—the very deeds that St. Paul talks about.  Whether you are an active worker or retiree, the dignity of your mission work is the real centerpiece of your life:  witnessing the Gospel in all you do—in words and deeds—to strengthen the vine and branches of our faith.  On the feast day of the Silent Saint, may St. Joseph the Worker bless your journey. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, you chose St. Joseph

as the foster father to Your Son Jesus

and the loving spouse of the Virgin Mary.

With silent strength he supported

the Holy Family and bravely led them

through dangers and trials.

Through his intercession bless all families

especially those undergoing difficulties,

hardships, and misunderstandings.

Like Him, may we seek to do Your will

even when the road is long and the way

is difficult or dangerous.

Above all, may St. Joseph cover our homes

with his mantle of love and instill in our hearts

with his love for God’s Word and commands

that we, too, might always seek Your holy

presence in our lives.


Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso


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.


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

(Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly, Fr. Juan Montes Zúñiga)

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


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

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)





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