Maryknoll News and Events

Holy Week 2018 at Maryknoll

Answering the Call! Discerning a vocation!

hw1Join us for a vocation retreat during Holy Week 2018 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.


The Meaning of Lent

Repent, and believe in the Gospel

Lent means “Spring”
 and is the Christian season of repentance and preparation beginning with Ash Wednesday and finishing 40 days later (minus Sundays, which are little Easters) with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Good Friday and Easter Sunday).


Maryknoll's Newest Member

John Siyumbu - First International Student


Congrats 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!


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.’”


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. 


Maryknoll Vocations Ministry Winter Newsletter

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