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Renewal through Forgiveness, Journey of Faith

Renewal through Forgiveness, Journey of Faith

“Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.” Luke 3:5 quoting Isaiah

When preparing for a big event—like Christmas—a helpful approach is deciding on your goal, fixing it in your mind, then figuring out a plan to get there.  How can we fill every valley and make low every mountain and hill?  That, my partner in prayer, is the work of Advent.

If renewal is our goal, then today’s Gospel provides some useful guidance.  At the time of Christ’s birth, Luke recounts the imperial reign of Tiberius Caesar and his underlings, men who ruled with iron fists.  So you can imagine yourself as an ordinary person of the day asking, “How much longer can this go on?”  Take a step forward and doesn’t that all sound familiar?  We worry about violence, racism, poverty, and divisions over a vaccine that seems to be tearing us apart.  Like someone living in the age of Tiberius, we might ask the same question:  “How much longer can this go on?”  Something has to give.  But what?

Israel had hoped for drastic change as promised by Isaiah and the prophets—most likely a political change.  Luke reminds us that John the Baptist took a different approach.  He offered the waters of baptism for a personal renewal—renewal of heart and soul.  We know this because the original meaning of “baptism” as recorded in Luke’s Gospel actually means, “receiving a new kind of mind, a new way of thinking.”  

Renewal through forgiveness is John the Baptist’s message to the world.  He deftly used the symbolism of water to make his point, something the Jews of his day would have understood.  They remembered well the difficult crossing of the Red Sea and the River Jordan into the Promised Land.  Interesting that even now, just weeks before Christmas, we hear the language of Exodus.  Today’s Gospel is saying that we deal with the “winding roads” of life through repentance and forgiveness—through the healing waters of baptism.

Friend, renewal is surely the goal of Advent—our personal exodus from darkness into the light of Christ.  So how will you be renewed?  How will you respond to the things God is asking of you even amidst the turmoil of life?  Here’s my suggestion:  Think back to your own baptism and your call to mission.  Then spend some time with today’s readings, believing that your faith has given you all the strength you need to be renewed in God’s image.  In case you’re wondering, that’s my plan, too. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

Second Sunday of Advent

Our souls cry out “How long, O Lord?”

how long till justice rolls down

like a mighty river and peace springs

forth from the earth turning deserts

into oases of truth and Your mercy

falls on us like the rain.

Shorten the time, O Lord, till You return

to rule the earth in fairness and the

nations in equity lest we lose hope

and turn from walking in Your ways.

Set our feet aright upon Your way

and let forgiveness level the mountains

and service fill in the rough roads

that lead to Your kingdom on earth.

Send forth Your light to lead us to You

that we might put aside deeds of darkness

and welcome You into our hearts and homes.

Amen.

Prayer by Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.

Expectation and Joy, Journey of Faith

Expectation and Joy, Journey of Faith

“I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land.” Jeremiah 33:15

Advent… a time of expectant and hopeful waiting… the time we prepare ourselves for the birth of Our Lord and Savior.  Could there be a more important moment in the life of the soul?

Today we begin our journey toward Christmas and the miracle of Bethlehem.  We can be secure in our hope because we have the promise of the Christ Child… we have the wisdom of scripture… and we have one another.

On the first Sunday of Advent I draw special meaning from today’s readings, and I hope you do, too.  Jeremiah says the time is at hand when a descendant from the House of David will bring righteous judgment and justice across all the land. 

This was reassuring in the prophet’s time, and remains especially so now.  We are, at times, confronted with seemingly impossible challenges.  But scripture tells us never to despair because one called by God will redeem us.  I also find solace in Luke’s Gospel, my favorite evangelist.  He says rather than be afraid of change, stand tall and embrace it “because your redemption is at hand.”

We have endured a lot of tests this year.  So Advent begins with a plea from the psalmist for God’s ways to be made known to us, and for our vigilance and humility to guide us toward justice.  We pray during Advent for the strength to overcome whatever obstacles may come our way, knowing that in the Christ Child we have the promise of salvation.  And as always, we take comfort in the prayers we offer one another.

Friend, we have such wonderful traditions at this time of year.  When you light the first of four candles in your Advent wreath, know you are beginning the most hopeful journey of the liturgical year.  Embrace the gift of love we are about to receive on Christmas Day.  We may not know all that the New Year will bring.  But we know that God will be with us for the journey in the presence of the Christ Child.  May your Advent be full of expectation and joy.  I am walking in hope beside you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

First Sunday in Advent

My heart longs for Your love, O Lord,

and my heart for Your peace

and my soul for Your grace.

Come into my life again

as You came to holy Mary

and Joseph in Bethlehem.

Help me to prepare a place for You,

welcoming and warm, in my family,

among my relatives, with my friends and neighbors.

Open my eyes to see Your presence

in everyone I meet today: among the poor as well as the privileged,

the weak as well as the powerful.

During this holy season of waiting

grant me the patience to keep silent

when I should, and the wisdom to speak

at the proper time that my words and actions,

my thoughts and prayers this Advent might

glow as a candle in the growing darkness

to lead others back to You.

Amen.

Prayer by Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.

We celebrate Thanksgiving, resting in God’s hands, Journey of Faith

We celebrate Thanksgiving, resting in God’s hands, Journey of Faith

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” Revelations 1:8

Today we celebrate the joyous feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of All—a day on the Church calendar commonly known as Christ the King. 

We may think of a king as someone with great power.  But today’s feast day has a different meaning.  The Church is asking us to acknowledge the power of Christ to forgive our sins… deliver us from evil… and to grant us eternal life with the Father and all the saints of heaven.

Today’s feast day is another way of saying that God is greater than anything we can imagine.  God’s love is immense and eternal, not subject to measurement.  God’s grace is infinite, too, a wellspring of divine favor that renews our spirit and refreshes our soul.  So in honor of Christ the King, today is a good day to renew our consecration to the living Christ whom we venerate in the Eucharist.

One practice that can help us comprehend, in human terms, the enormity of God’s love is developing the habit of being grateful.  Our celebration of Christ the King just happens to fall a few days before Thanksgiving, our great national holiday.  If you want to glimpse who God is, practice gratitude.  Everything we have comes from God.  To live that thankfulness is our calling.

Friend, even though we can’t completely grasp the concept of eternity or infinity, it’s good to remember this:  God is the alpha and the omega in whom we are fulfilled.  Be joyful and messengers of gratitude.  I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving in the company of those you love.  May the blessings of our faith be the gift you share without measure.  I wish you a rich harvest.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

Prayer for 3rd Sunday

Christ, our Savior, Lord, and King

the Beginning from which all life and

love flow and the end toward which all things

grow we give You thanks for all that is,

all that was, and all that will be.

In You we live and move and have our being.

Without You we can do nothing

for without You we are nothing.

May Your praises fill the Earth

as they do the heavens

and help all Your children know

Your loving-kindness and forgiveness.

Into Your most merciful hands

we commend the souls of all

our departed family and friends.

And from the wellspring of Your heart

may we receive every good blessing

we need to follow You more faithfully

through Jesus, Your Son and our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer by Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.

A Checklist for the Soul, Journey of Faith

A Checklist for the Soul, Journey of Faith

“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to [escape the tribulations that are imminent and to] stand before the Son of Man.”   Luke 21:36

  Time to take stock.  In just a couple of weeks, we begin a new liturgical year.  But before then, we have a little work to do.

Rather than think about a literal “end of the world”—the images in today’s readings—let’s think instead about the fulfillment of God’s reign on earth, something each of us can contribute to because we are all missioners.  The world we hope to end is one of darkness and disillusion.  The world we want to create is built on God’s eternal love and the promise of salvation that we are gifted in the Christ Child.

From this perspective, preparing for the arrival of the Son of Man becomes a more hopeful kind of challenge.  So I suggest taking the time between now and the beginning of Advent to see where God in your life right now.  How do you reflect the joy of our faith at home? At work? In your neighborhood? In your parish?  How much time are you making for prayer and self-reflection?  Where God is absent, how are you being called to make the Lord’s presence known?

Friend, as Advent approaches, now is a good time for an examination of conscience—a checklist for the soul that results in eyes that see, ears that hear, and a heart that overflows with the love of Christ himself.  That’s all we really

need to prepare for as one season ends—and a new one begins.  May your journey be rich and rewarding. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

Prayer for 2nd Sunday

God of all times and seasons

we long for the coming of Your reign

where love, peace and justice prevail

over the powers of darkness and sin.

Help me to do my part by defending

the weak, protecting the powerless

and lifting up the downtrodden to their

rightful place as sons and daughters

of You, our most merciful God.

May I reflect Your joy to everyone I meet in public,

at work, at home or in church that they too might

experience Your forgiveness, healing and

fullness of life.

Amen.

Prayer by Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.

Jesus’ Great Lesson on Giving, Journey of Faith

Jesus’ Great Lesson on Giving, Journey of Faith

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.  For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:43-44

Everyone has something to give, so the saying goes—whether in wealth, talent, or time. 

Today’s Gospel, the story of the widow’s mite, is a great lesson in giving—but not so much from abundance as from poverty.  The widow who had little to give made her contribution in the temple as the wealthy were making theirs.  Her gesture was very modest—just two coins probably worth pennies—and accomplished without calling any attention to herself.  But Jesus noticed her modesty and compared it to some of the wealthy who liked to give as a way of impressing others—and giving away only what they really didn’t need in the first place. 

When Jesus addressed his disciples, he had another kind of giving in mind.  He talked about giving from a place of challenge or even deficit… giving out of concern for someone else’s well-being or just because the greater good is more important than our own.  That was the widow in Mark’s Gospel.  And many other people who have graced my life.

With our remembrance of Veterans Day approaching this Thursday, I thank God for the example of our dedicated service men and women.  They defended our country with valor and distinction, and in some cases with their lives.  Their sacrifice can never be repaid.  But we can honor their service to our nation by serving in our communities.   

Today’s reading also makes me think about the role of people who are challenged by physical impairment or special needs, or are in some way shut off from society.  Some may write them off as non-contributors—people with nothing to give—but to me these are valued persons with unique gifts of their own, gifts that can be ours if we are open enough to receive them. 

The joyful irony is that gifts like these are also opportunities to deepen our faith—with acts of compassion and solace, and with the hands of healing and renewal.

Friend, we are approaching the end of the liturgical year now and our readings will turn to themes of judgment and deliverance, all in anticipation of Advent.  Time to get ready for the gift of the Christ Child.  And a very good time to think about giving even when we’re feeling a little vulnerable… giving when we think we can’t give any more… and giving when we have a need of our own that needs filling.  That’s what the widow did.  I believe her reward in heaven is very great.  And ours will be, too.   

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

Prayer for 1st Sunday

God, I come before You in my lowliness,

hear my humble prayer to You

who created the universe and

all the worlds and galaxies it contains.

Yet neither suns nor stars

neither angels nor animals

but humans alone carry Your Divine Image

in which You created us.

Therefore all that I am I offer to You

all that I do I dedicate to You

and all that I have I give for the sake

of Your name and Your Reign on Earth.

Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all

may my every breath give You praise

and my life give You glory

asking only that You fill my emptiness

with Your peace, love and joy.

Amen.

Prayer by Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.

Would you ask Jesus any more questions? Journey of Faith

Would you ask Jesus any more questions? Journey of Faith

“You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

“And no one dared to ask him any more questions” Mark 12:34

Mark’s Gospel today is a journey into the simplicity of a life well lived:  Love God with your whole heart, soul, and strength; then love your neighbor as yourself.  As Jesus reminds us, there is no other commandment above these.   

When a scribe confirmed that these two commandments are even greater than burnt offerings and sacrifices, Jesus saw that the man understood the meaning of God’s reign.  In response he told the scribe, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”—an observation we would surely want to claim for ourselves.

But it’s Mark’s final words that give us pause:  “And no one dared to ask him any more questions.”

What were the others afraid of?  These were undoubtedly learned men schooled in Mosaic Law.  Asking and answering questions of one another would have been commonplace.

We can’t know for sure why the scribes felt threatened—and then fell silent.  But I can say that in any relationship of value, asking questions is not only good but necessary.  If one of us had been standing among the scribes that day, these are the questions we might have asked Jesus:

  • How can I build God’s reign on earth?
  • What can I do right now to welcome God into my life?
  • How can I reflect love of God in all of my relationships?

Friend, I’ll try to answer my own questions this way:  We build God’s reign through intimacy with Our Lord and his teachings, by witnessing compassion and love as Jesus did, and by sharing the joy of our faith with all those we know.  That sounds a lot like living the two great commandments.  With God’s grace, we, too, will not be far from the Kingdom of God.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

Prayer for 5th Sunday

Jesus, my Lord, my Master and Savior

what must I do to enter Your kingdom?

Help me to do it.

What must I pray to have eternal life?

Help me to say it.

What must I be to give You glory?

Help me to become it.

O holy fountain of love, mercy and grace

restore in me Your divine image

that I may reflect Your truth In everything

I say and do that I might see Your face

and hear Your voice In everyone I meet

each day especially the poor, the weak and the sick.

You alone, Lord Jesus, are the answer

to all our prayers, the goal of our life

and the hope and dream of every heart.

In You my soul finds heavenly peace

and with You by my side

my every longing is fulfilled.

Amen.

Prayer by, Father Joseph Veneroso M.M.

Happy Mission Sunday, Journey of Faith

Happy Mission Sunday, Journey of Faith

“I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the blind and the lame in their midst, the mothers and those with child; they shall return as an immense throng.” Jeremiah 31: 8

Transforming the world may sound like a tall order for just one person.  But imagine the good that can happen when each of us takes on the role of missioner and proclaims the joy of our faith.  That’s what we celebrate today on World Mission Sunday:  the good we have accomplished… and the good yet to be.

Our calling in baptism is to go beyond our personal boundaries and engage with people and communities at all levels.  Our gift of faith is precious.  How can we not share it!  The story of Bartemaeus in today’s Gospel is a good example of the power of faith—and the spirit of mission.

Jesus encountered Bartemaeus on the road home from Jericho.  A blind man, anxious to be healed, Bartemaeus repeatedly called for Jesus, probably disturbing the crowd that had gathered to hear Jesus preach.  But Our Lord acknowledged Bartemaeus and rewarded his faith by restoring his vision.  For present-day missioners, the eyes of faith are a window to the soul.  Like Bartemaeus, we believe because we have experienced God’s love in deep and intimate ways.

In proclaiming today World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis, too, is as overwhelmed as Bartemaeus, by the goodness of God.  This is how he invites us to mission: “Dear brothers and sisters, when we experience the power of God’s love, when we recognize his presence as a Father in our personal and community life, we cannot help but proclaim and share what we have seen and heard.”

Friend, on World Mission Sunday, this is my personal take-away:  Like Bartemaeus, never be afraid to raise your voice in search of Jesus or in proclaiming his mercy.  Let the world know the depth of your faith.  Be the missioner you were called to be.  And celebrate with joy because one day your reward will be very great.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

Prayer for 4th Sunday

World Mission Sunday

Jesus, Savior of the world,

You send disciples to the ends of the earth

to share the Good News of Your kingdom

with all peoples in every place and time

that all might receive and experience

Your merciful love, forgiveness, joy and peace.

Shine the radiant light of Your Gospel

in those areas of my own life yet

to be transformed by Your grace.

Illumine my darkness and loosen

whatever binds me to unhealthy habits.

Set my spirit free from chains of the past

that my life may be renewed in You.

Send me forth, Lord, to go in joy

beyond the barriers that divide us

and across borders that separate us

to make friends of strangers, and

brothers and sisters from friends

that together we might create

a new family of faith

In your holy Name we pray.

Amen.

Prayer by, Father Joseph Veneroso M.M.

Authentic Servant Leadership, Journey of Faith

Authentic Servant Leadership, Journey of Faith

“Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45

Servant leadership is our meditation of the day… the calling we each have to play a lead role in responding to God’s presence in the world by imitating Christ himself:  alleviating suffering, building up our Church, and honoring the gifts of natural and human life that surround us.  These are all ways to serve and lead as faithful followers of God’s Word… and all ways we can live our baptismal call to mission.

Think of servant leadership as an opportunity to express the fullness of our lives in Christ by using our unique gifts.  With today’s Gospel in mind, I am inspired by some of the greatest examples of servant leadership in our Church.  St. Oscar Romero, the Bishop of El Salvador, is one, a man who ultimately died for preaching the social Gospel of caring for the poor.  Not only did St. Oscar lead his flock with complete trust in God but he preached with courage as well as humility.

I also think of St. Pope John Paul II who even in personal tragedy and illness continued to practice love of neighbor and forgiveness.  And in our own Maryknoll family, I am inspired by the ministry of Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.  Father Vincent chose to become a military chaplain so he could serve in Vietnam.  Caring for his men under fire, this servant leader was killed.  Today he is under consideration for sainthood.

These are extraordinary examples of servant leadership.  But I am sure you know many lives that are sainted in their own way whether long- or short-lived.  What’s important to remember is that our personal calling to serve others is a unique calling from God.  How we choose to respond is up to us.  We could say like the apostles, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”  Or we can understand that following Christ will mean accepting equally all blessings—and all challenges—and that greatness in the eyes of God is measured by how generously we serve one another.

Friend, you have the potential to be a servant leader who is an inspiration to others.  Serve with compassion, lead with complete dependence on our Creator.  As St. Oscar Romero once said:  “Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God.”  I know that describes you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

Prayer for 3rd Sunday

On the night before you died, Lord Jesus,

You washed the feet of Your disciples and commanded

us to follow Your example and wash one another’s feet

showing us the world’s greatest leaders are those

who offer humble service.

Let no task be too small or lowly

for me that I fail to perform it out of love for you.

Your life is Your greatest lesson in humility.

I am never closer to You, Lord,

then when I kneel to speak to the small,

the lowly and the meek of this world.

For in drawing closer to these little ones

I am in fact drawing closer to You, Jesus.

You Who reigned from the cross,

help me accept setbacks and failures

as Your way to purify my heart

and make room for Your love and grace

that these, in turn, might lift me up

to those heavenly heights where

You live and reign with the Father and

Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.

Amen.

Prayer by, Father Joseph Veneroso M.M.

When we care for one another in Christ’s name, Journey of Faith

When we care for one another in Christ’s name, Journey of Faith

“Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundreds times more now in this present age.”  Mark 10:29-30

Give a lot.  Receive a lot in return.  I think that is what Mark’s Gospel is trying to tell us today.  When we care for one another in Christ’s name… when our only motivation is to proclaim the gift of salvation… God showers us with countless blessings.

But, you say, we are only human!  We have good days when being generous and caring is the easy thing to do; and we have challenging days when we wonder if our efforts have any meaning at all.  That’s when I find it’s helpful to remember one important thing:  we’re in good company. 

The apostles were just like us.  They needed Jesus to reassure them.  He told his followers that their faith would be rewarded many times over, and that living out of love for others, rather than in isolation or fear, is life-giving.  The message is clear:  love is both the gift and the reward.

Witnessing love isn’t always easy or even simple.  It can involve sacrifice and placing someone else’s needs ahead of ours.  That is the nature of sacrifice.  Like Peter, we may want to rebel or find another way out.  But like Peter, we can find comfort in the words of Our Lord who only asks us to be open to the Spirit and the ultimate destination where God is taking us.  And that is eternal life with the Father.

Friend, just before the scripture line I shared with you above, Jesus tells a rich young man, seeking salvation, that it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. “Rich” can mean financial wealth—that’s obvious… but it can also mean anything that seemingly masks our need for God. 

So decide how you will enter the Kingdom of heaven.  Then in your best moments, praise God; and in your difficult ones, be assured that God is always with you… ready to reward your faith with every blessing, as Jesus says, many times over.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

Prayer for 2nd Sunday

Everything I have, Lord, I received

from Your bountiful love:

my possessions, my home, my health,

my family, my faith, my life.

May I use these, in turn, to help build

Your kingdom here on earth.

Receive all that I have and give me

all that I need to be a living witness

to Your truth and mercy before

all peoples everywhere.

And when I have nothing more to give

let me give Your peace and presence

that everyone I meet receives and knows

Your loving kindness.

May I walk in the footsteps of

Your beloved apostles who relied

on Your blessings alone

to bring the Gospel to others.

From my poverty of spirit may I

experience the richness of Your wisdom

to live Your Gospel in everything I do.

Day by day lead us closer to your kingdom

by drawing us closer to one another and to you.

We pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen

Prayer by, Father Joseph Veneroso M.M.

Diarmuid O’Murchu, Author of Doing Theology in an Evolutionary Way

Diarmuid O’Murchu, Author of Doing Theology in an Evolutionary Way

Traditional Western theology, according to O’Murchu, has been rooted in an understanding of sinful humanity in a flawed creation. Over the centuries this paradigm has engendered co-dependent relationships among the people of God. Even worse has been an imperial image of God, which, after Constantine, which affirmed imperial models of human authority, whether in the church or society.

Here O’Murchu shows how it is in the power of that Spirit of evolution that Jesus incarnates afresh God’s embodied presence in our midst, and encourages us on the way to becoming creative participants in God’s unfolding mission. 

Readers who are familiar with O’Murchu’s work will find much to ponder, and those seeking a new understanding of faith, church, and world, an evocative voice.

Diarmuid O’Murchu is the author of many pioneering books that include Evolutionary Faith, Ancestral Grace, Inclusivity, Beyond Original Sin, and When the Disciple Comes of Age (all Orbis). He lives in Ireland and speaks throughout the world.

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. 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.

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.

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