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“In Myanmar, it is difficult for people to count on a steady income, land, even food or education.” Sister Mary

The joyous celebration of Christ’s Resurrection brings us a deep sense of hope in our Risen Savior.  All of our Maryknoll Sisters pray that this Holy Season brings you much peace. I also wish to thank you for your faithful support of our ministries. Your gifts mean that our Sisters – like Sister Mary Grenough whose story I bring you today – can help people immobilized by poverty, suffering with HIV/AIDS or struggling with righting wrongs.

Sister Mary joined the Maryknoll Sisters in 1956 and then completed a Masters Degree in Nursing. This year she will celebrate her 60th Jubilee in the Community. Early in her ministry Sister Mary served in the Philippines, where she met and worked with the farmers in the sugar cane fields.

“Poverty is extreme in many areas of the Philippines,” says Sister Mary. “I spent one week working with the women in the sugar cane fields who earned only $3 per week. I asked, ‘Do you ever get used to the work?’ And the answer was: ‘Oh, yes, we get used to the work. What we’ll never get used to are the cries of our children who cannot sleep because they’re hungry.’”

“In Myanmar, it is difficult for people to count on a steady income, land, even food or education. When families cannot meet their basic needs, they rely on their faith in God. One thing is true: their faith is essential for survival,” reflected Sister Mary.

Her mission, which started with only three Catholic groups helping HIV/AIDS patients, eventually became the Myanmar Catholic HIV/AIDS Network and grew to include almost all the dioceses in Myanmar.

Before these initiatives, patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS were shunned by their local communities. They were afraid to even go to Church. With the dedicated commitment of all the staff in this program, people were educated about the disease and learned what precautions to take. Because of Sister Mary’s personal experience of the struggles of poor people in the Philippines, she was able to go beyond providing health care and education in Myanmar – to obtaining basic human rights for the people.

Sister Mary’s ministry is vital to making sure marginated people have a better life. She has lived through many changes and is seeking even more that will help the children and their families reach new heights. The people are hopeful and working for their own survival.

Sister Mary reflects on her mission…“The God that brought me to Maryknoll is no longer the God that keeps me here. My understanding of creation, of God, of the meaning of life has all changed. Now God is speaking to me through so many people and so many circumstances!”

Please do not forget to send us your prayer intentions so we may remember them. Also, please remember to keep Sister Mary, the staff in Myanmar – and all our Sisters – in your prayers. Thank you for your gifts – they truly help our Sisters and they help keep alive their vital ministries. We continue to count on your help so we may reach out in love to poor people in many different parts of the world. Happy Easter!

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A New Year Blessing for you from the Maryknoll Sisters

A-New-Years-Blessingfrom-the-Maryknoll-SistersSpirit of Peace who dwells within us and inspires us
with visions of the way the world should be,
heighten our awareness of your presence
as we gather to bring Your JOY to this New Year.
May we learn to follow Christ
who models peace and teaches us all things
that make for peace, now and always.
Amen.

Sr. Jeanne Houlihan M.M.

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#WorldFoodDay


On October 16, people all over the world join together to declare their commitment to wipe out world hunger. Zero people should have to be hungry.

 Why care about hunger?

  • 795 million people are hungry each day.
  • Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.
  • 4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished damaging their bodies and brains.

 

Today we thank ALL of our Sisters who treat every day as #WorldFoodDay by dedicating their lives to aiding the poor.

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#WorldFoodDay


On October 16, people all over the world join together to declare their commitment to wipe out world hunger. Zero people should have to be hungry.

 Why care about hunger?

  • 795 million people are hungry each day.
  • Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.
  • 4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished damaging their bodies and brains.

 

Today we thank ALL of our Sisters who treat every day as #WorldFoodDay by dedicating their lives to aiding the poor.

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Sister Noel met Pope Francis

The video above was taken yesterday, September 24, 2015.

Sister Noel was sent forth with support and prayers from the Maryknoll community, determined to meet Pope Francis yesterday. To ensure he will spot her she had a sign made in Italian that reads, “Hug Me Papa”. With excitement and gratitude, we are happy to report that her “bucket list” prayer has come true.

And so it happened. Sister Noel met Pope Francis

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A few weeks ago we share with you Sister Noel’s journey of faith and her service to so many over the years. You can find that story of her journey here. The many prayers and blessings that have been sent her way over the past few weeks have provided her strength and comfort. We are so happy for her to have had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis and believe it is through the power of prayer that this miracle happened!

Thank you for supporting Sister Noel and all the Maryknoll Sisters thru your gifts and prayers. Sister Noel is always keeping those in our Maryknoll community in her prayers.

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Maryknoll To Celebrate Beatification of Archbishop Romero

ArchbishopOscarRomero_AMaryknoll, NY  —  “I Will Arise in My People:” Maryknoll Celebrates the Beatification of Archbishop Romero, a two-day event being sponsored by Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Sisters, Lay Missioners and Affiliates will be held Friday and Saturday, May 22-23, 2015, at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY.

The celebration will include:

  • A screening of the film, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero, on Friday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maryknoll Mission Center’s Asia Room. A discussion time will follow the screening. Admission is free.
  • A special Mass, celebrated in both English and Spanish, at Queen of the Apostles Chapel on the Maryknoll Missions Center campus, on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 3:30 p.m.  Father Joseph LaMar, MM, will be the celebrant.

Archbishop Romero holds a special place in the hearts of Maryknollers, particularly those who came to know him and draw strength from him during their service in Central America, as well as because of two Maryknoll Sisters, Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, who were also killed because of their work with the poor in El Salvador, just months after Romero’s murder.  “It is the hope of Maryknollers that these events will be an occasion for many to learn more about the work that Romero did and inspire them to also do what they can for the poor of the world,” said Susan Palmer, communications manager for  Maryknoll Sisters.

Some Maryknollers will also be in El Salvador for the beatification ceremony there the same weekend.

For more information about the events at Maryknoll, contact Nancy Kleppel at 914-941-7636, ext. 2670, nkleppel@maryknoll.org or Father Phil Erbland at 914-941-7636, ext. 2907, perbland@maryknoll.org.

 

 

Maryknoll Sisters Unveil New Website

Maryknoll, NY  —  Maryknoll Sisters recently launched their new website, designed to give visitors easier access to the information they want, and the people they want to contact, quickly and in a vibrant, interactive style.

The new Maryknoll site features:

  • Web responsive design which engages the user on any screen size
  • Friendly live chat experiences on any page to contact a staff member at Maryknoll
  • Dramatically appealing, with added videos and overall design features
  • Dynamic forms and enhanced online donation services
  • Engaging site animations that are educational and content-rich
  • Ministry minded content organization that makes page navigation easy on new and returning users

“We are interested in making our site ‘work’ for the people who visit us online,” commented Sister Antoinette Gutzler, president of the congregation, “and we believe visitors will find here the kind of “living” stories and responsive web experience they’ve come to expect on the Internet. Whether they are people who just want to know more about us and what we do, donors who want to know how their dollars are making a difference (or can) in our projects around the world, women seeking to make a lifelong commitment to world mission through Maryknoll, or media seeking information to tell our story to people in our broader world, we think they’ll find what they’re looking for here.”

To experience the new Maryknoll Sisters website for yourself, visit www.maryknollsisters.org

Founded in 1912, Maryknoll Sisters is the first US-based congregation of women religious dedicated to foreign mission. Working primarily among the poor and marginalized in 24 countries around the world, they now number 458 members from both the US and overseas.