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.
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 Español?” 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 invitation and extended our hands with the magazine. Her eyes went wide
with surprise and wonder, she put her hand to her head and said “Oh my gosh!
Maryknoll magazine! My nonna used to get this! I remember sitting on the front
steps and just flipping the pages and looking at the pictures before I could
read. When I was older, I would read to my nonna in the kitchen while she made
gnocchi. Oh my gosh! I know Maryknoll!”
At that moment, this woman was transported back to a memory
with her family and those moments when she began to learn about mission. She
wasn’t even going to go past our booth, but she believes she was guided there
through divine intervention. Before she
hurried off to her last session of the day, she signed up to receive the magazine
in her house, took a copy for each of the teachers in her school and as the DRE
signed up for the classroom program for all of her students in her parish.
Sharing those last few magazines made our boxes
to carry much lighter, but ending the day with this joyful memory lifted us
all. Marie Lawler is a Maryknoll Mission Animator and Educator stationed in the San Francisco.
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…