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Maryknoll Institute of Africa Studies Publications in Nairobi





Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Michael C. Kirwen, M.M.

The purpose of the project, begun in 2001, was to make available to both students and faculty of Maryknoll Institute of African Studies, the student papers submitted for each course which are grounded in primary field research data. In 2003, another development in the program led to a series of books dealing with both the 15 foundational themes of African cultural knowledge and the 35 activities, happenings, events in the lives of ordinary people.

The book on the themes have been edited into a 274 page book titled African Cultural Knowledge: Themes and Embedded Beliefs. The book was on the market in Jan. 2005 and represents a major breakthrough in understanding and teaching the structure of cultural knowledge worldwide. Furthermore, MIAS is now registered with the Kenyan government as a book publisher.

Finally, a website ( has been set up to promote and sell the book and volumes of the Journal via the website. This is an on-going project and will continue indefinitely. With your help, these books will be available to the local African students and lecturers.


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. James M. Lynch, Fr. Lam M. Hua, Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly)

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)





(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.

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