Maryknoll News and Events

Maryknoll's Newest Member

John Siyumbu - First International Student

siyumbu3Congrats to Maryknoll’s newest member, John Siyumbu, who took first oath to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers this past weekend!

John is the first international candidate to take a temporary oath with Maryknoll. Later this month he will travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia to begin our Overseas Training Program. We congratulate and wish John many blessings during his Training Program and we ask that you keep John and all of our seminarians in your prayers!


The Meaning of Advent

The Advent Season Prepares us for Mission

Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. 
Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.


The Secret of Christmas

The Joy of Mission at Christmas

This presentation, “The Joy of Mission at Christmas,” was adapted from pictures and prayers that Brother Marty Shea has compiled over the years. He has dedicated this Christmas message to the women who have saved the children and rekindled life after a time of genocide in Guatemala.


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.’”


Christmas: a time for fiesta!

Christ finds a home in Flores, Guatemala

custer2The images of Mary and Joseph, under the watchful eyes of Father Ted Custer, have arrived at the dwelling to spend the night. The home is on a steep and picturesque cobblestone street on Flores Island in Petén province in Guatemala.

"The people of Flores love their popular religiosity," said the 66-year-old Maryknoll priest from South Bend, Indiana, who accompanies children and their families as they blow whistles and play maracas. Followed by musicians playing Guatemalan music on marimbas, the people usher in the traditional Las Posadas. Inside every home where the images rest, children enjoy papaya candy and homemade drinks as the adults pray and sing Christmas Carols.



A Christmas poem

You are the miracle of Christmas

child and mother
I am what Jesus is
because Jesus became what I am.
Christmas came and went
almost unnoticed.
But after all the running around
and anxiety about finding it,
There it was
6 lbs. 8 ounces and growing
her given name: Milagro  (Miracle).
So we almost missed it again...
but then we found her
in a poor house
just like Bethlehem.
Thanks to this miracle
we looked around and
found them everywhere
with muddy feet and bright faces.
I never thought this was really Christmas
until now I understand Bethlehem.
It was a real place
just like right here,
Where the star came to rest
and a baby was born.

by Brother Marty Shea, M.M.

Maryknoll Vocations Ministry Winter Newsletter

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