Our Mission

Making God’s Love Visible

The Maryknoll Sisters believe that we are all part of “One Earth Community”… that all of us—regardless of race, nationality, gender, background or personal identity—are all connected as a human family, with each other and with all creation. As Pope Francis has said, “God created the world and entrusted it to us as a gift. Now we have the responsibility to care for and protect it and all people, who are part of creation. Protecting human dignity is strongly linked to care for creation.”


Maryknoll Sisters give witness to God’s love and devote our lives in service overseas. As nurses, doctors, teachers, theologians, social workers, environmentalists and more, we serve the needs of the people – the poor, the ailing and the marginalized – where we are missioned. Our mission began in 1912, when we became the first group of Catholic Sisters in the United States founded for overseas mission.


Today we have approximately 280 Sisters serving in 19 places around the world.

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Sisters serving in 19 places around the world:

  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Korea
  • East Timor
  • Guatemala
  • Japan
  • Central Pacific
  • Chad
  • Kenya
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Ecuador
  • Philippines
  • Tanzania
  • United States
  • Zimbabwe
  • Brazil