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“Brothers and sisters:  Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Philippians 4:6-9)

Walking humbly in the footsteps of St. Paul, today I want to reassure you.  Not that you won’t have to face difficulties in life—haven’t we all this year?  But that no matter what happens God is always with us, offering signs of love and compassion to those with eyes of faith.

Saint Paul was one of those visionaries who saw God’s presence and became deeply inspired by the Holy Spirit to share the Good News.  His faith was unshakable even in adversity.  Remember, the early days of the Church were full of conflict and struggle. 

Francis of Assisi was another visionary—the saint whose feast day we celebrate today.  He abandoned a privileged life—among the 1% of his day—to follow the Gospel.  When he heard God calling him to “fix my Church,” Francis first thought that meant fixing the small chapel in his beloved Assisi.  But God had bigger plans.  Once again, the Church was in disarray and Francis was called to be a reformer.  He began a movement known as the Franciscans who witnessed God’s love for the poor by living lives of poverty, prayer, and peace.  Humble Francis would transform the world, performing work that has lasted nearly a thousand years—carried on now by missioners like you.  He led by example, famous for having said, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”  This is the saint that Pope Francis honored by taking his name.

Friend, perhaps you are grieving a loss or a personal setback right now.  Our Maryknoll family has suffered losses this year, too.  But I know that saints like Paul and Francis live among us, witnessing God’s love.  They are the healers, the peacemakers, the friends and parish neighbors who always manage a kind word.  They are the candles that light our way home to God.  Through them—and with prayer—God is always at work.  As Paul says, make your requests known to God.  Then, yes, be assured. 

Please feel free to send us your Special Intentions and a Maryknoll priest or Brother will respond as your partner in prayer.  We are always here to pray with you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Prayer for 1st Sunday

We place our trust and confidence

in You, my Lord and God,

who called Paul to preach

and Francis to teach the world

about Your love and mercy.

In times of danger, they provided

shelter in the storm and

in the darkest hours

they shone the light of Christ.

May Your word, O Lord,

be a lamp for my feet

and a light for my path

to show us the way to You.

Into Your hands, Jesus, we commend

the souls of our friends and family

who died during these difficult times.

Believing in Your merciful love

may we walk safely through

this Valley of Death

ever mindful You are ever

at our side.

Amen.

Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso

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. Tom O’Brien, Fr. Ray Finch, Fr. Joe Everson, Fr. Russ Feldmeier)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Fr. Ray Finch.

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.

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Enrich your own vocation, walk-in solidarity with people overseas, and work together with Maryknoll Missioners. We offer US priests and Brothers ordained elsewhere the opportunity to work in overseas missions.

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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