“The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”

~ Today’s responsorial psalm, Psalm 34


Dear Friend,

Our Extraordinary Month of Mission comes to a close this week. Now it’s up to us to renew our commitment to living an Extraordinary Life of Mission! An important way to do that is the practice of charity.

Pope Francis says we accepted our gift of faith freely and we share it freely, excluding no one. God wills that all people receive the gift of salvation by experiencing His Love through the practice of charity: caring for the most vulnerable, practicing kindness, and forgiving so that we may be forgiven.

The prayer I go to as a reminder of my own call to mission is from St. Teresa of Ávila whose writings on the care of the soul are masterpieces:

Christ has no body now but yours,

no hands, no feet on earth but yours.

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

compassion on this world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.


I hope the experiences you have had these past four weeks of extraordinary mission are just the beginning of a deeper, more profound faith. With charity guiding our hands and feet, I believe the best is yet to come.


Prayer for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Take my hands, Lord, to do Your Will

by helping those in need.

Take my voice, Lord, to praise Your name

even when things look bleak.

Take my thoughts, Lord, to imagine

the world as You would have it:

where love, justice and peace

heal all wounds and mend all

broken hearts.

Take my past and use it as you will.

Take my present as a gift in progress.

And take my future as a pledge

to love, honor and serve You

through those around me.

Lord, I know where love is

there You are. Through my acts of charity

help others see, recognize, and believe

in Your merciful love.


~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.


This is Father Ray Finch saying thank you for taking your journey of faith with me today.  Until next time, you are always in my prayers.


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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