The Calling of a Lifetime

Discover how a life of mission serving the poor and the suffering as a Maryknoll priest or Brother may be your answer to God’s call.

Since 1911, Catholics in the US have responded to the worldwide cry of the poor by becoming Maryknoll Missioners. Today, Maryknollers help people overseas build communities of faith.

Some work in war zones with refugees, others minister to the sick, the elderly, orphans or people living with HIV/AIDS. Others are involved in campus, prison and pastoral parish ministries. Through lives of service, Maryknollers translate the gospel of love into different languages and in different cultures.

A Life of Mission Overseas

Venture deeper • Travel farther • Discern properly • Be a Maryknoll Missioner
Compassion is at the heart of all the ministries of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Whether providing the Word of God, sacraments, life-giving medicines, nutritious food, blankets, or something as simple as a glass of clean water . . . it is compassion at work.
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We are Maryknoll

We’re nomad people stirred by a passion stronger than ourselves to travel unknown trails and share our soul with people we don’t know.

We say goodbye to family to go out and find a home among strangers. Our culture becomes the beat of African drums and the whistle of Andean flutes and the deep sound of the Orient, the gong.

Our Comfort – Being Fed By The Hungry And Cared For By The Poor

We go off to preach a God who rules and discover a God in pain, to announce a God of power and find a God of tears. And when we listen to suffering people sing and watch the downtrodden dance, We Meet A God Who Laughs

Wrapped In The Clothes Of The Poor And Given Courage By Their Prophets, we’ve been imprisoned in Asia, fevered by mosquitoes in Tanzania, murdered in El Salvador, and have come to know the Jesus of the cross.

In Asia, Africa and Latin America, we join hands with sowers and builders, teachers and healers, planners and prophets.

In mysterious ways we’re blessed by extended hands in distant lands, and loved by many, cursed by some, suffering or smiling, we do all in Jesus’ name.

Missioners for 100+ Years

Everything we have been able to accomplish as missioners and everything we hope to accomplish fills us with gratitude toward our Founders, whose dream became the gift that Maryknoll is for all of us. (read Maryknoll’s history)

This same gratitude we extend also to all who have gone before us, priests and brothers who lived and died to make this dream a reality.

We invite others to live out this dream with us!

Social Justice & Caring for God’s Creation

We live in solidarity with the poor around the world, and actively support them through advocacy, solidarity and education. As missionaries, we are called to lend a strong voice to the poor, the neglected, and those living the margins of society. Maryknollers are also committed to caring for our planet and all of God’s Creation.

We believe that every creature has the right to be; the right to its habitat; and the right to make its own contribution to all of life.

Maryknoll celebrates our interconnectedness with Earth, the responsibility to care for our common home, and applaud Pope Francis’ advocacy to act decisively to save Earth and humanity—particularly displaced and marginalized communities who carry the greatest burden from climate change.

Maryknoll Brothers – Men on FIRE for Mission

Bringing a wide range of talents to the missionary endeavor, Maryknoll Brothers build missions and schools, work as teachers and administrators, develop agricultural and other life-sustaining projects with indigenous people, serve in health-related fields, and contribute in numerous ways to the ministry of Maryknoll.

Associate Program for Priests & Brothers

Since 1965, we’ve welcomed U.S. priests who desire the opportunity to work in overseas mission. Our Priest/Brother Associates program offers religious priests and Brothers, as well as diocesan priests, who have been trained and ordained elsewhere the opportunity to work in overseas mission for a 3-5 year period of time.


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)





(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.

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