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Missionary Discipleship

Disciples of Jesus - Impelled to Mission

pfrancisPope Francis has often used the phrase “missionary disciples.” In his first apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium), he says: “Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are ‘disciples’ and ‘missionaries,’ but rather that we are always ‘missionary disciples.’”


Holy Week 2017 at Maryknoll

Answering the Call! Discerning a vocation!

hw1Join us for a vocation retreat during Holy Week 2017 at the Maryknoll Headquarters in Ossining, NY.  Located just 20 miles north of New York City and overlooking the Hudson River it’s a great location with a campus that allows you to get out and enjoy nature!  Come meet men and women like you who are seeking a closer relationship with God through embracing a vocation as priest, Brother, Sister, or Lay Missioner.


Bishop Patrick J. Byrne, M.M.

A modern day martyr of Korea

bpbyrneBishop Patrick J. Byrne, M.M. was the first Maryknoll priest. Orginally ordained for the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., he was given permission by Cardinal Gibbons to join Maryknoll a week after his ordination.  As a young priest, Father Byrnes supervised the building of Maryknoll and was assigned to Korea in 1923.  In 1929 he returned to Maryknoll and was elected Vicar General during the first Society chapter.  In 1935 he opened a new mission in Kyoto, Japan, and was placed under house arrest during World War II.  When the war ended, he helped General Douglas McArthur calm the people during the beginning of the American occupation. In 1947 he was appointed by Rome as Apostolic visitor to Korea, and in 1949 the first Apostolic Delegate to Korea. On July 2, 1950 Bishop Byrne was seized by the Communists and put on trial. Refusing to give in, he was forced to march to the Yalu river along with remnants of the US Army 24th Infantry Division. He died on November 25, 1950 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Hanjang-ni, North Korea. 


Mercy and Mission

All Christians are Missionaries

mercy and missionMercy and mission have a close relationship that calls all Christians to be missionaries who share the joy of the Gospel without trying to force others to believe, Pope Francis said.

The joy that comes from conveying God's love and mercy is "the concrete sign that we have met Jesus."  However, he added, "this does not mean proselytizing. This is making a gift: 'I am giving you what gives me - joy.'"

Referring to the Holy Year which just closed on the feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis is a reminded Christians to never tire of feeling the need for God's forgiveness "so that when we are weak his closeness makes us strong and allows us to live our faith with greater joy."


New journeyers with Maryknoll

Maryknoll welcomes three new candidates

On Thursday, June 9, 2016, the Vocation Office announced that three new candidates were accepted for Maryknoll.  One is a Maryknoll Associate candidate, and two are priesthood candidates from Maryknoll’s mission lands of Hong Kong and Kenya.


Maryknoll Vocations Ministry Autumn Newsletter

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