Br. Marty Shea has served the people of Guatemala for many decades.
Maryknoll missioners live and work around the world in impoverished and marginalized communities. In these weekly reflections, missioners share their experiences and insights as they relate to readings for Mass.
Orbis Books' offers three volumes of scripture reflections: A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year A, A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B and A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year C are collections of reflections written by Maryknoll missioners; they cover the readings for each Sunday and holy day from the first Sunday in Advent until the Feast of Christ the King for the three cycles of the liturgical year. Missioners share their reflections based on their experiences in Nepal, Guatemala, Tanzania, Oaxaca, to name only a few of the places where Maryknollers have served. Available at the Orbis website.
Marie Dennis worked for the Maryknoll Justice and Peace/Global Concerns office from 1989 until 2012, serving since 1998 as the director. She is the co-president of Pax Christi International.
Br. John Beeching has spent years in Thailand, and share many beautiful reflections about living his Christian life surrounded by Buddhism.
Bob Short, who served as a lay missioner in Ecuador in the 1980s, now coordinates the Maryknoll Affiliates, an international community.
Sr. Ann Hayden has served as a missioner in Central America; she will wrap up her six-year term on the Maryknoll Sisters' Congregational Leadership Team in the fall of 2014.
After serving as a lay missioner in Guatemala in the 1990s, Kathy McNeely was a member of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns staff for many years.
Dan Moriarty is a former Maryknoll lay missioner who works with Maryknoll's immersion program in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Sr. Cathy Encarnacion has served as a missioner in Panama and in her native Philippines.
This week's reflection is written by Angel Mortel, who served along with her family as a lay missioner in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Fr. Leo Shea spent many years as a missioner in Venezuela and more recently in Jamaica. He writes the reflection for this year's celebration of the founding of the Maryknoll Society, on the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Sr. Teresa Dagdag, MM recently finished her term as executive co-secretary of the Commission on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the Union of Superiors General in Rome. She continues to work as a JPIC promoter in Rome.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by Kathy Seib Vargas, who served as a lay missioner in Mexico.
Gerry Lee, who spent 10 years in Venezuela as a Maryknoll lay missioner, now serves as director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Sam Stanton is the executive director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. He served as a missioner in Chile for 19 years.
Fr. Paul Masson, currently on the Maryknoll Society's General Council, served in mission in Chile and in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Former lay missioner Marj Humphrey writes about an experience when she worked in Kenya.
Fr. Ray Finch has served as a missioner in the Andean regions of Latin America for many years, most recently in Bolivia.
Marj Humphrey is a former Maryknoll lay missioner who served in Kenya for many years.
Dr. Ann Carr, Maryknoll Affiliate, writes this reflection about her time working at the Texas-Mexico border.
Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, is a Maryknoll Affiliate, and served as the director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns from 1997-2012.
Sr. Janice McLaughlin spent much of her mission life in Zimbabwe; in 2008 she was elected to a six-year term as president of the Maryknoll Sisters.
After working as a nurse in the Philippines for many years, Sr. Mary Grenough now lives and works in Myanmar.
Debbie Northern served as a Maryknoll lay missioner in Tanzania and El Salvador. She's now on the lay missioners' formation team in New York.
Mary Gill and her husband Pat Denevan were Maryknoll lay missioners in Oaxaca, Mexico, where they still live. They now participate as Maryknoll Affiliates.
Sr. Theresa Baldini, MM, who writes this week's reflection, was a member of the Maryknoll Contemplative Community in South Sudan.
This week's reflection was written by Fr. Tom Henehan who has spent his mission life in South America.
This reflection on the second Sunday of Advent is written by Sr. Charlotte Hobler, MM.
This reflection for the first Sunday of Advent was prepared by Fr. Tom Marti, MM, who spent his mission life in the Philippines.
Curt Klueg writes this week's scripture reflection on the great gift of forgiveness.
Dave Kane, a member of the Global Concerns office staff, is a former lay missioner who lives and works in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
This All Saints Day reflection is written by Rhegan Hyypio, a former Franciscan lay missioner who spent a year working with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Dan Moriarty writes this week's scripture reflection; Dan is a former lay missioner who now coordinates the Maryknoll Bolivia Immersion Program.
This week's reflection was prepared by Marj Humphrey who spent many years as a missioner in East Africa.
Fr. Jim Noonan, who spent much of his missionary life in Asia, now serves God's people in South Sudan.
This week's reflection is written by Kathy McNeely, who is currently a staff member with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Kathy spent several years in Guatemala as a lay missioner.
This week's reflection was prepared by Fr. Tom Tiscornia, who has served the people of Sudan/South Sudan for many years.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by lay missioner Christine Perrier.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by Chris Bodewes, who served as a lay missioner in Kenya.
This reflection, by Fr. Dan McLaughlin (Brazil), is also found in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year (Year C).
Fr. Leo Shea has served as a missioner in several locations, most recently in Jamaica.
Fr. John Northrup wrote this reflection in 2010; it is also published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year (Year C), available from Orbis Books.
Larry Rich, along with his family, was a lay missioner in Peru, then served for many years as Maryknoll's video producer.
Erica Olson recently returned to the U.S. after serving as a Maryknoll lay missioner in El Salvador.
Fr. Gene Toland has served the people of South America for many years; he writes this Sunday's reflection.
This week's reflection is written by Christine Perrier, a former lay missioner who continues to live and work in Peru.
In this reflection, Sr. Theresa Baldini remembers women she encountered in South Sudan.
This week's reflection is written by Kathleen Bond, a Maryknoll lay missioner who lives with her family in São Paulo, Brazil.
This Sunday's reflection was prepared by Anne Termini, who was a Maryknoll lay missioner in Guatemala.
After mission assignments in the Philippines and Guatemala, Sr. Charlotte Hobler now serves in Baltimore MD.
This week's reflection is written by Sr. Mary Ann Smith, who spent many years as a missioner in the Philippines.
Fr. Jack Sullivan spent much of his mission life in Hong Kong; he has spent the last few years volunteering for the Global Concerns office on Israel-Palestine issues.
Angel Mortel and her husband Chad Ribordy live in Brazil, where they served as lay missioners for many years.
Fr. Ray Finch has spent his mission life among the people of the Andes in Bolivia and Peru.
Sr. Teresa Dagdag works with the Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation Commission of the Union of Superiors General in Rome, Italy.
This week's scripture reflection is written by Fr. Joe Healey, who has lived and worked in East Africa for many years.
Debbie Northern worked in El Salvador for eight years as a Maryknoll lay missioner. She now works as the training and education programs manager for the Maryknoll Lay Missioners.
Fr. John Sivalon, who worked as a missioner in East Africa, writes the reflection for Ash Wednesday.
Fr. Tom Marti, who spent many years as a missioner in the Philippines, lives and works in Seattle.
Sr. Connie Krautkremer, who lives and works in Dodoma, Tanzania, writes this week's reflection.
Sr. Carol Marie McDonald, a missioner in El Salvador, writes this week's reflection.
Fr. Charlie Dittmeier, who lives and works in Cambodia, writes the reflection on the baptism of Jesus.
Kathy McNeely, MOGC's interim director and a former Maryknoll lay missioner in Guatemala, writes this Sunday's reflection.
Today's reflection is written by Sr. Janice McLaughlin, president of the Maryknoll Sisters.
Maggie Fogarty, a former lay missioner who lived and worked in Bolivia, writes the reflection for today's readings.
Brother Marty Shea, who missions in Guatemala, shares a story of a child who brought light.
Sr. Ann Braudis, who worked as a missioner in Bolivia and the Phillipines, writes: "May Jesus be born in you tonight as surely as he was born in Bethlehem all those long years ago."
The reflection for this final Sunday of Advent 2012 is written by Maria Montello, a lay missioner in Cambodia.
Tim O'Connell, who was a Maryknoll lay missioner in El Salvador, writes this week's reflection on the scriptures.
Maryknoll Fr. Dan McLaughlin writes about an archdiocesan initiative in Brazil to raise awareness of local issues.
This week's reflection on the readings is written by Sr. Rose Bernadette Gallagher, who, after decades of work in Asia, now serves as a Maryknoll representative to the UN's NGO community.
The first Sunday of Advent 2012 falls on the 32nd anniversary of the martyrdom of the four North American churchwomen in El Salvador. This reflection is prepared by Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International and former director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
This final reflection for the liturgical year is written by Fr. Sacha Bermudez-Goldman, a Jesuit priest who is a former Maryknoll lay missioner.
Fr. John McAuley writes at this end of the liturgical year: "A person of faith today cannot read current news events without discerning that there are powerful movements of spirit and effective Spirit-filled actions afoot around the world; stirrings and actions of persons and communities that arise from aspirations for fruits that ultimately are of the Spirit: peace, justice, freedom, dignity, truth, equality, and hope."
This week's reflection is written by Barbara Fraser, a former Maryknoll lay missioner.
This week's scripture reflection is written by Maryknoll Fr. Mike Snyder, who lives and works in Tanzania.
Thursday, Nov. 1 is the feast of All Saints; Sr. Ann Hayden writes the reflection for that day's readings.
Fr. Ken Thesing spent many years as a missioner in East Africa, and now works in Rome. "Our scriptures often use contrasts – like the theme of darkness and light, or as we see in the readings for today’s liturgy, the theme of 'blindness' and 'sight' to show that process of growth in understanding for the disciples or for anyone who wants to follow Jesus ... These are the people God brings back and restores – not just the strong, the gifted, and those who can pay for assistance but the frail and vulnerable – no one is left out."
This Sunday's reflection is written by Fr. Jim Kroeger, who has served as a missioner in Asia for many years.
Dave Kane, who recently left the Maryknoll lay missioners after many years (mostly in Brazil, followed by a stint at the Global Concerns office), wrote today's reflection.
Lay missioner Liz Mach, who has lived and worked in Africa, writes today's reflection.
This week's reflection is written by Maryknoll Fr. Joe Veneroso: "Our life of prayers and good works comes in response to grace, not as its pre-requisite."
Fr. Joe Towle writes this week's reflection, and shares some memories from his time as a missioner in Latin America.
This week's reflection is from Sr. Madeline Dorsey, who spent many years of her mission life in war-torn El Salvador.
Fr. Jack Northrup reflects on his ministry in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: "The God of our Lord Jesus Christ is constantly drawing all of us to life, no matter what bleak prisons we may have made for ourselves. Because of God’s choice to constantly offer the free gift of grace to the most needy, we can wake from our sleep, from the illusions of happiness that this world offers. At this very moment we can choose life in its fullness."
Susan Weissert, who worked as a lay missioner for many years in South America and at the Maryknoll center in New York, asks: Can we look back on our actions/words/decisions today and see that they were shaped by love of God and love of neighbor?
Former lay missioner Jean Walsh shares a reflection on her time in Oaxaca, Mexico, and how the lessons from the Oaxacan farmers' commitment to the Earth can lead us to more sustainable, integrated lives.
Sr. Luise Ahrens, who has spent many years in Cambodia, writes in this week's reflections about the challenges of living in a interconnected world ... How do we make choices that are clarified by God's wisdom? How can we live a life formed and informed by the Spirit of Jesus?
In this week's reflection, Fr. Tom Marti recalls his service in the Philippines, and that beautiful nation's efforts to reverse the devastating ecological destruction it has experienced in recent decades.
The scripture reflection for July 22 is written by Sr. Rebecca Macugay, who writes of her native Philippines and her mission home in Namibia: "How do we shepherd each other in the paths of justice, in our communities and in our home, planet earth?"
This week's reflection was written by Maryknoll lay missioner Heidi Cerneka, who works in prison ministry in Brazil.
Sr. Roni Schweyen writes this week's reflection, drawing on her years of mission work in Tanzania.
This week's reflection is written by Sr. Euphrasia Nyaki, who lives and works in João Pessoa, Brazil.