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Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic

About Us

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.

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The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, also known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, is dedicated to spreading the message of Jesus Christ through missionary work around the world. Founded in 1911, Maryknoll serves in over 20 countries, focusing on areas such as healthcare, education, pastoral ministry, and social justice. Their mission includes direct evangelization and providing aid to the hungry, sick, and marginalized. Maryknoll fosters a culture of mission among all Catholics, encouraging them to live out their baptismal call to serve those in need.

Ministry Work and Mission
Maryknoll's mission is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and serve those in need through various ministries. Their work spans healthcare, education, pastoral care, and social justice initiatives. They operate schools, hospitals, and community centers, and engage in disaster relief, vocational training, and environmental conservation. By addressing the physical and spiritual needs of marginalized communities, Maryknoll embodies the compassionate love of Jesus Christ.

Vocation and Life as a Maryknoll Missioner
Becoming a Maryknoll missioner involves a process of discernment and formation. Individuals interested in joining Maryknoll undergo vocational discernment through conversations with vocation directors, retreats, and live-in experiences. The formation process includes postulancy, novitiate, and temporary vows, during which candidates learn about the mission, spirituality, and community life of Maryknoll. This journey helps them deepen their faith and commitment to serving the global community.

Spirituality and Community
Maryknoll spirituality is rooted in the compassion and love of Jesus Christ, with a strong emphasis on social justice and service to the marginalized. Community life is essential, providing mutual support and fostering a sense of belonging. Missioners share their lives, prayers, and mission, creating a family-like environment that strengthens their commitment to their vocation and to those they serve.

Impact and Outreach
Maryknoll has a profound impact through its diverse ministries, addressing critical issues such as poverty, health, education, and human rights. Their global outreach includes working in remote and underserved areas, providing essential services, and advocating for justice and peace. Through their dedicated efforts, Maryknoll missioners bring hope and transformation to the lives of countless individuals and communities.

For those interested in exploring a vocation with Maryknoll, the Society offers various opportunities for engagement and discernment, including mission trips, volunteer programs, and vocational retreats. These experiences provide a comprehensive understanding of Maryknoll's mission and the chance to live out one's calling in service to others.

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