Communities of missionary disciples going forth in joy to share the Good News of God's love. We're on a mission to discover God's love and share it with others. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers were founded almost 100 years ago to animate and support the Catholic Church in the U.S. to live up to its baptismal call to participate in the Christ's mission to bring the Good News of God's love to the world.
Sunday readings: In response to injustice the community calls forth first deacons for mission
The first reading this Sunday finds the first Christian community confronting an internal social justice. The Greek speaking widows were getting treated unfairly in the daily distribution of the communal food and supplies. They had a number of strikes against them. Not only were they women in a patriarchal society, but they were widowed, without a man's voice. Moreover, in the Jewish community of disciples mostly from Galilee, they were minorities, who likely came from places other than Palestine with a different language and culture.
The response of the community, after prayer and direction of Holy Spirit is to lay hands on seven Greek speaking men. They are seen in our tradition as the first "deacons." Although the passage talks about their ministry as being primarily service at table to address the injustice, it's important to note that two of them, Stephen and Philip, become immediately involved in missionary activity. Stephen goes out into the streets to proclaim the Good News and ends up becoming the community's first martyr. Philip leaves the security of the Jewish community to do mission work, first in Samaria and then heads south where he encounters the Ethiopian court official, who he baptizes along the road.
Deacons Joe, Leo and wife Edith with veteran Maryknollers
We recently had our third gathering of deacons and wives back at Maryknoll, NY. This is an initiative to help better engage deacons and wives in the U.S. in mission through mission formation and immersion trips so that they can become animators of mission in their local parishes and dioceses. The excitement and enthusiasm among these men and women of the diaconate for mission is a great sign of hope.
What happened almost 2,000 years ago in response to an injustice within the community continues today. The Spirit continues to call and send men and women to participate in the mission.
by Matt Gray,originally published in the Catholic Community of Pleasantonbulletin
A couple of weeks ago, I went with two others on a missionary immersion trip affiliated with the Maryknoll order of priests and nuns. We traveled to Haiti and spent one week in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. We didn’t go to “do” anything or to try to build or “fix” anything. The model that we used was one of encounter. The metaphor is to walk with care through someone else’s garden. This posture is central to what it is to do “mission” work today.
There was a strong spiritual dimension to our time in Haiti. On three mornings we celebrated Mass at the convent of the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa. We also joined the Sisters at their clinic. Inside the clinic is a room that contains 44 cribs and in each crib is a malnourished infant. The infants’ mothers bring their babies to the clinic because they have no food for them and their tiny bodies show sign…
Position Announcement Mission Education Specialist - Promoter New York (Ossining)
Join the Maryknoll Society’s Mission Education Team to help U.S. Catholics share God’s love as communities of missionary disciples. Motivated by love and challenged by the Gospel, Maryknoll’s global mission ministry aims to build bridges of solidarity and compassion with marginalized people throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are seeking a Mission Education Specialist - Promoter to engage in outreach to Catholic educators and students as part of our U.S. ministry to foster a culture of mission through mission education and engagement programs. This position specializes in developing global mission education resources for middle school students in line with the Maryknoll Society’s mission vision and Pope Francis’ vision for a missionary Church. Based out of our headquarters in Ossining, New York.
Responsibilities: Cultivate and maintain relationships with strategic partners to promote mission and…
Isis (pictured), became involved in the Catholic Worker community and educational program founded by Maryknoll Father Tom Goekler in Honduras, after Fr. Tom helped her mother secure a home for the family. Now, Isis and her brother, Carlos, run the program in Guatemala City with a community of other young adults and local mothers. They live and serve in one of the most marginalized and dangerous neighborhoods in the world. Their community is a sign of hope and peace, a place of warmth, welcome, community, and love.
Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, who wakes to the empty tomb and weeps, yet recognizes the Risen Christ in the midst of her despair and announces new hope to the world. Christian people are challenged by the witness of Mary Magdalene, by women and men like Isis and Carlos, and by our belief in the Gospel of Jesus to announce the Good News, especially at times when God's love seems most distant.
We cannot ignore the crises in our midst, but must address them with…