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Follow in the Footsteps of Pope Francis In East Africa

East Africa: Mission Immersion Trip Follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis and join us for a mission immersion trip to experience the JOY of Africa. Learn more about the people in Kenya and Tanzania and explore how we are linked to the people of East Africa in the bonds of global solidarity.
March 31 - April 17, 2016

Immersion trip includes: Pre-trip orientation On-site introduction to the cultural, religious, economic, and political realities of Kenya and Tanzania Visit Maryknoll missionaries, hear their stories of working with the people of Kenya and Tanzania and discover how their work in mission connects with your own mission Meet the people East Africa and listen to stories of hope and challenge, from the city slums of Nairobi to the rural villages of Tanzania Celebrate with local communities of missionary disciples

Table Prayer of Thanksgiving

Table Prayer of Thanksgiving
Gracious God, source of all life and love. We gather around this table in awe and wonder at all you have given us. Your very breath brought forth all creation as an outpouring of the love you share.
We thank you for the the sun and moon and stars. We thank you for our common home, this planet Earth. As we prepare to celebrate this feast we give you thanks for this food that nourishes us and connects us with all life.
We remember everyone who had a hand in growing this food and preparing this meal. Our hearts go out to those who this day, will go hungry. We remember our family and friends who are not here, especially those who have gone before us.
We pray that this food will satisfy our hunger and that the company we share will lift our spirits, so that your gift of love will continue to grow within us, and spill forth from the table.
Give us grateful hearts to see the good around us. Give u

Mercy Moments: Maryknoll Affiliates in New Orleans serve up God's mercy in form of turkeys, bread and potatoes

Last Tuesday Janet, my wife, along with a friend and co-volunteer from St. Vincent de Paul learning center, took over our kitchen and began a feverish cooking spree. Several hours later they filled the trunk of their car with huge pans of bread stuffing, bowls of salad, cranberry relish, etc. and headed for a center in one of the impoverished neighborhoods of New Orleans. There they met up with 5 other Maryknoll Affiliates and 5 volunteers from the Catholic Worker House. Along with Janet and Francis’ pans of food, more pans of mashed potatoes, baked turkeys, bread, and deserts were brought in and set up for serving.

Near 6 pm the doors of the Catholic Worker House were opened and homeless men and women began to gather around the food tables. After prayers of thanksgiving were offered, the Maryknoll Affiliate and Catholic Worker volunteers began to put plates of food into outstretched hands. It wasn’t long before the hungry guests returned for seconds.

As people started leaving an hour…

Maryknoll, Nonna and Gnocchi

Recently, a colleague and I had the opportunity to attend the Northern California Faith Formation Conference “Cultivating Disciples”.  We arrived with ample materials to share our message of the mission of Maryknoll with the conference attendees.  As the second day was coming to a close, we decided that we were going to try and get as many of the magazines we had left into the hands of those that passed our booth. So, we each filled our hands with copies and as people hurried past us to the last session asked them “English or EspaƱol?” and offered them a magazine. We asked them to do two things, read it and share it.
A woman approached us pulling a full bag on wheels behind her. The convention center host site was a large venue and people had to move quickly to make it to their destinations in a timely manner. This woman was moving at a rapid, determined pace with her high heels clicking a rhythm en route to the end of her day. We greeted her as the other attendees with the same inv…

Mercy Moment by Fr. Mike Snyder, MM: Grateful for a Precious Moment

Many people used to come to my office door at the Catholic Chaplaincy of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. The university shares its campus with the national hospital with 1200 beds and over 1000 day patients. There is also a large slum called Jangwani situated not far from the hospital. The news must have spread that Fr. Michael will help people in need. That was nice, but it resulted in a steady stream of people coming to my door. I was getting a bit overwhelmed.

Many of the cases were genuine; but others were con artists; and still others, while poor, they pretty much would say anything it takes just to get some assistance. For so many, giving them money was just not the answer to the problems facing them. Poverty is such a horrible disease! I was getting discouraged. Sometimes I felt I needed a social worker that could listen and direct people to places where they could find the proper assistance. My own background as a social worker years ago came…

The Field Hospital: Covering parish life throughout America - National Catholic Reporter

In our Missionary Disciple Formation Program, we have been using Evangelii Gaudium para. 28 regarding the hope to make parishes less like Country Clubs and more like Field Hospitals:
28. The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community. While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if it proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be “the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters”. This presumes that it really is in contact with the homes and the lives of its people, and does not become a useless structure out of touch with people or a self-absorbed cluster made up of a chosen few.  The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable o…

Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis: Selected Text and Reflection Questions

The Joy of the Gospel(Evangelii Gaudium)
Pope Francis Selected Texts and Reflection Questions

A resource from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.  Learn more at
What’s the Good News? God is love!

1. THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.

2. The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice …