Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, no Catholic priest has resided in the North of this divided peninsula, where autonomous religious activity is effectively forbidden. And no enemy of the communist regime there is more detested or fiercely denounced than the United States.
I had been away from Tanzania for one month enjoying a vacation with family at home. The highlight of the vacation was presiding at the marriage ceremony for my niece. Joined by more than 200 guests, it was a great occasion for family and friends at a beautiful church and reception hall in New Jersey. It was a day filled with celebration and joy.
During his first overseas trip, Pope Francis encouraged all Catholics to become animated missioners without borders.
“Where does Jesus send us?” he asked World Youth Day pilgrims on July 28 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. “There are no borders, no limits: He sends us to everyone.”
Will you answer the Pope’s call to mission?
For more than 100 years, Maryknoll missioners have been living the message of missioners without borders. Maryknoll has been the heart and the hands of the U.S. Catholic Church serving those who are most in need around the world.
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is a community of Catholic priests and Maryknoll Brothers who work as missioners in 27 different countries, including the U.S. For more information visit www.maryknollsociety.org or visit the Maryknoll Vocation’s website.
The Maryknoll Sisters is a congregation of women religious, who are dedicated to mission working with those in need throughout the world. They currently minister in 26 countries. For more information: www.maryknollsisters.org
The Maryknoll Lay Missioners is a Catholic organization inspired by the mission of Jesus to live and work in poor communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world. For more information: www.mklm.org
The Maryknoll Affiliates are communities of people who commit themselves to the mission goals of Maryknoll in the context of Chapters in the U.S. and overseas. They challenge one another to witness to mission as a way of life while striving for peace and justice for all of God’s creation. For more information visit www.maryknollaffiliates.org
A delegation from the Diocese of Oakland, along with people from Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, joined Maryknoll in the summer of 2013.
Father Bob McCahill, M.M. recently sent several stories from Bangladesh, where the Goshen, Indiana, native serves in mission. Father McCahill is known as the “Bicycle Disciple,” since he travels the countryside on his bike to serve the sick and the poor.
Maryknoll missioners often explain that their work in mission is rewarded many times over with the hospitality, warmth, love and prayers that they receive from the people they serve. One example of this resulted in a gift of a lifetime.