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April 4, 2015

What I Learned during my OTP in Taiwan

This May I will conclude my two year Overseas Training Program (OTP), during which I was assigned to the Asia Region.  Most of my overseas mission experience has taken place in Taiwan, though I was blessed to be able to spend time at the Maryknoll missions in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China as well.  As I prepare to finish up overseas training and return to the States, I look back on my Asia experience with a sense of confidence in the Church and a great appreciation for the work Maryknoll is doing throughout the continent.

February 10, 2015

Meet Maryknoll's new Deacon

Deacon Shaun Crumb, M.M.

Shaun Crumb spent his childhood at Woodlawn Resort and Campground in Glenwood, a fishing resort that his parents have owned and operated for the past 41 years.

His experience of service there helped inspire his journey toward becoming a Maryknoll priest, which will grow one step closer on Dec. 13 when he was ordained a transitional deacon at his home parish, Sacred Heart in Glenwood, MN. “Growing up at the resort was good mission preparation because we were always on call to help people,” Crumb explained. “You have to be really flexible working at a resort and as a missioner, too.”

The Identity of the Priest

The priest is first of all a minister of the Word of God. He is consecrated and sent forth to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom to all, calling every person to the obedience of faith and leading believers to an ever-in-creasing knowledge of and communion in the mystery of God, as revealed and communicated to us in Christ.

June 1, 2013

Lam Hua takes his Final Oath to Maryknoll

Lam Hua professes his Final Oath
The talking of one’s Final Oath as a member of The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is the final step in a series of steps whereby one becomes a permanent member of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America.  It is a special rite that united a man as a brother in the Society, a foreign missioner and a dedicated servant of the poor.  It is an occasion to celebrate.  On Friday 31 May 2013 Lam Hua took his Final Oath during a special Mass celebrated in Queen of Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll, N.Y.

The oath taken by Maryknoll priests and brothers is a promise to consecrate one’swhole life to the work of the missions committed to Maryknoll and an oath of obedience
to legitimate superiors.  Lam took his Permanent Oath in the presence of Fr. Edward M. Dougherty, Superior General, his parents, friends and members of the Maryknoll family.  The special witnesses on behalf of he Society were Bro. Brendan Corkery and Fr.Michael Snyder.

Lam Hua was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at seven years.  His family settled in Tacoma, Washington and he attended the public schools there through high school.  He felt a call to priesthood and mission and took part in a special Maryknoll Mission program during the four years he attended St. Xavier College in Chicago.  He entered Maryknoll after college graduation in 2007 and did his theological
studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  Lam spent two years in Tanzania ashis Overseas Training Program working in parish ministry and sacramental preparation.

In taking his Final Oath to Maryknoll Lam bound himself to Maryknoll and the foreign missions. On August 31, 2013 he will take another major step on the road to missionary priesthood when he is ordained a deacon by Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.SS.S. in his home parish of St. Ann in Tacoma.  He will minister as a deacon at Old St. Mary’s Parish in Chicago and will be ordained to the priesthood at Maryknoll, N.Y. next year.

by Harry Florentine

May 3, 2013

Discovering the Path to Priesthood

Dae Kim, M.M.
Isaiah was ministering in the temple when he heard God's call to serve.  Paul was persecuting the Church when Christ changed the direction of his life. Matthew was collecting taxes, while Peter and his brother were fishing when Jesus invited them to follow him.  Maryknoll seminarian Dae Wook Kim was not spared: he answered the call to become a missioner while bowling.

December 7, 2012

You are the Miracle of Christmas

   I am what Jesus is

   because Jesus became what I am.

Christmas came and went
    almost unnoticed.
But after all the running around
    and anxiety about finding it,
There it was
    6 lbs. 8 ounces and growing
    her given name: Milagro (Miracle).

October 5, 2012

The Art of Discernment

Most people are not very well practiced in the art of “Know Thyself,” as the forecourt of the temple of Apollo at Delphi famously proclaimed. How do we really ever get to know the me that is inside? Those in the Western world who are interested usually seek outside help, from psychologists and psychiatrists to self-help gurus and New Age books. From Eastern spirituality, we have the method of retreating inward, meditation and yoga being a few of the techniques. 

October 2, 2012

The Future of Maryknoll

Sunday, September 29, 2012

Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse
This weekend I have been attending a Symposium put on by the Maryknoll Sisters at Maryknoll, New York regarding the future of mission. The purpose is to look to the third millennium and see how we should do mission differently if need be. Several distinguished guest speakers were present, including Most Reverend Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini, JCD, Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala; Dr. Patricia Benitez-Licuanan, who was chair of the UN Commission on Women and the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines; Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, the first African woman appointed Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program; and Dr. Joe Holland, professor at the St. Thomas University School of Law and the Florida Center for Theological Studies, and President of Pax Romana/Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs USA.

Rethinking our World

This past week, something significant came to my attention. I watched on TV as scores of people were camping out in thestreets in sleeping bags and tents, just like the millions of homeless here in the United States. However, unlike the homeless, these people were not harassed or vacated. They were allowed to stay, as they had a home to return to and money in their pockets.

A Reflection on St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese of Lisieux
Readings used: Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 131:1-3; Matthew 18:1-4

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Therese of Liseux. She was born in 1873 in France and lived for only 24 years. She was known, mostly through her autobiography in The Story of a Soul, for her simplicity and absolute trust in the love of God. Our readings today reflect her simplicity. Isaiah and the Psalms speak of one finding comfort in Jerusalem, the source and center of Jewish faith and life, as a child finds comfort in the chest of a mother.