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.
Tammi Murray is Sister Parish Ministry Chair for Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Bremerton, WA.
the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Do not store up for yourselves
treasures on earth … For where your treasure is, there also will your
heart be.” (Read Matthew Chapter 6.) For me, reconciliation
began first with simplifying. The realization of how much excess stuff
I had was just a bit overwhelming and I began bringing box after box,
bag after bag, week after week to St. Vincent de Paul. Three years
later, I still have too much stuff. For me,
it’s a process of peeling away. When Ugandan Sisters visited my home
last summer, I became even more aware of the excess – in my
refrigerator! Worse yet, I knew that much of the food would ultimately
go to waste. I now try to buy less and waste less.
next realization was just how little of my total income I was giving to
the Parish and the poor. I began to slowly give more and more. At first
giving began with helping a friend’s brother attend
college. By the following year, I was helping another friend with a
street children program. Although most of what I give continues to be
directed to educational sponsorships and small-scale development
projects, I am also trying to be more consistent in my
financial commitment to my own Parish.
Lastly, I began to realize my great need for
prayer. I realize that this may all seem to be a bit backward, but I am a Martha and my first instinct is
actions. However, I have come to realize the need for both prayer and
actions. While attending a social justice conference this past
summer, I learned that you cannot give what you do not have. I have come
to realize that as I draw from the Source, I am filled, and that when I
am filled, I have more to give. As part of
this renewed commitment to prayer, several members of the Sister Parish
Ministry made a total consecration to Jesus through Mary on the Feast
of the Immaculate Conception.
plan to return to Uganda next month. I am looking forward to once again
entering in to the lives of our brothers and sisters in Uganda. I hope
that you will join with me in prayer and in other ways
that may call to you. I hope that you will help me to show our brothers
and sisters in Christ at Mary, Mother of the Church, Nyakishenyi
Parish, that they are a blessing to us and that we have
all been blessed by God.
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…