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We asked some Maryknoll Missioners this question: What made you consider the missionary Priesthood or Brotherhood?  Here are some of the answers:

Adventure!  I wanted to serve the poorest of the poor like Christ through healing, preaching, and teaching.  I love to travel and experience new cultures. I wanted to experience God’s presence in new parts of the world. – Fr. Shaun Crumb (serving in China)

Fr. Shaun Crumb in China

The call to serve the poor was coupled with an inspiration from reading about European Jesuit priests in the history of the US who crossed cultures to work with Native Americans. –  Fr. Lam Hua (serving in Tanzania)

Fr. Lam Hua in Tanzania

Growing up in upstate NY I attended Catholic grade school and high school. Mission was very much a part of my early years. My diocese (Ogdensburg) had a mission in Mollendo, Peru.  The Ursuline Sister who taught me in grade school and high school spoke of their mission commitments in Asia and my Uncle Donat’s brother was a missionary priest in central Africa. The charism of Brotherhood was deeply rooted in me through the life of Brother Andre Bessette (now Saint Andre) from Montreal. Br. Wayne Fitzpatrick (serving in the U.S.)

Br. Wayne (upper left) with Ogdensburg lifetime friend who served in Mollendo, Peru, Fr. Dan Chapin and Family

My calling to the priesthood came first. After discerning that the Lord was calling me to serve Him as a priest, I learned about the many ways priests work throughout the world. The idea of traveling the world, having all sorts of adventures, learning new languages, and working with people throughout Latin America, Asia, and Africa was incredibly appealing. Once I put these two callings together, I found my vocation! Fr. Peter Latouf (serving in Hong Kong)

Classmates – Frs. Peter Latouf & Daniel Kim with their parents on ordination day

I was born and raised in a traditional Catholic household so priesthood as a viable “career option” was supported and encouraged throughout my upbringing.  My calling to the ministry of the priesthood became increasing apparent as I approached adulthood and I began to explore deeper into the various expressions of this holy ministry.  I first consulted my parish priest about the diocesan life and even attended a few diocesan sponsored vocation encounters and groups.  However, after careful prayer and reflection, I came to the realization that diocesan priesthood was not my calling.  Through this discernment process I discovered a strong passion within me to step beyond the confines of my cultural context and engage the richness and vastness of Holy Spirit that is woven in the diverse fabrics of the various cultures that blankets this Globe.  In other words, the idea of living and serving as an itinerant missioner greatly appealed to me and found that this desire was deeply embedded into my being. Fr. Daniel Kim (serving in Hong Kong)

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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