“Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others”.     Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel 


Pope Francis is a missionary pope!  You can tell he is writing from personal experience.  Most Maryknoll missioners could have written the same message.  With a faith inherited from our parents and nourished in our parish communities we left “security on the shore” and became excited by the mission of communicating life and God’s love to others.  We don’t regret that decision because our lives have grown through the experiences of learning new languages, adjusting to new cultures, meeting new people and making new friends.

As missioners we want to give of ourselves for the sake of others, especially the poor and those living on the margins of societies.  But, in the process, God graces us with so many experiences that witness to God’s presence in the world.  Sure there are difficult times and unexpected events that can even be tragic, but, in the midst of it all God is with us.  And when we are down we often see the face of Jesus in the people we went to serve and are lifted up.  This is the gift of the missionary vocation!

Never be stymied by the challenges presented in life.  Rather, be close to God in prayer, follow the teachings of Jesus and take the steps necessary to find the place where God calls you!


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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