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November 29, 2011

Fr. Vincent Capodanno, M.M.

Father Vincent Capadonno, M.M.
"The Grunt Priest"
Killed in Action 9-4-1967
Fr. Vincent Capadonno, M.M. was a US Navy chaplain who served the 5th Marines in Vietnman.  He was killed in action on September 4, 1967 and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on January 7, 1969.  The cause for Fr. Vincent Capadonno, M.M. has been presented to Rome by the US Military Ordinariate.  He has been  declared a "Servant of God".  Before becoming a chaplain, Fr. Capadonno served in Taiwan and Hong Kong as a Maryknoll missionary.  Click and view the following video which describes his life and mission ministries.

November 18, 2011

35th anniversary of Maryknoll Martyr Father Bill Woods, M.M., Mayalán, Ixcán Guatemala, November 20, 1976

Father Bill Woods, M.M.
On November 20, 2011 the indigenous Mayan community in Guatemala celebrates the 35th anniversary of the death of Father Bill Woods,M.M. They will remember his life, his mission and the legacy that he left for poor Indian farmers in the Ixcán, Guatemala.  Members of the Maryknoll family of Guatemala will travel to Mayalán, Ixcán to commemorate this special event.  Indian colonizers will dedicate two days to oral history, music, poetry and religious celebrations as they remember their valient struggle for land rights and Father Bill Wood's missionary ministry on their behalf.

According to the Indian colonizers that participated in the cooperatives that Father Bill organized, Father Bill's aircraft was shot down by the Guatemalan military on a bright cloudless day in November, 1976.   He, along with Dr. Michael Okado, lay missioner John Gauker, an American journalist, and another passenger were killed in the crash.

Father Bill Woods and lay missioner John Gauker were buried with honors in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Thousands of Indians attended their funeral. Cesar Montes recalls the sad event well and said: “We feel like orphans without the Father”.

In May 2000, the people of the Ixcan requested that Father Bill’s body be brought to Mayalan, Ixcán to rest among the Indian people he so much loved and served. Click on this link to view a video of Fr. Bill's service to the Mayan Indians of the Ixcán.

November 11, 2011

A Seminarian visits Hong Kong and China: renewing old friendships

Sem. Peter Latouf, M.M.
My love of all things Chinese is what initially led me to seek out my vocation as a Maryknoll Missioner several years ago. This attraction to the Chinese culture was spurred on by several different experiences, experiences which were capped by my time as an English teacher during the summer of 2004. At that time, the university I was attending (Wayne State University in Detroit, MI) was looking for students to go abroad as part of a pilot program the University was attempting to initiate. I was fortunate enough to be chosen and spent several weeks travelling throughout Northern China, teaching English in various schools and interacting with people all along the way. After leaving China I had this uncontrollable urge to go back; I missed the landscape, the food, the culture, and especially the people. The only thing that prevented me, however, was the fact that I felt like something was missing – I needed to go back again, but this time, with God as my primary focus. I wanted to go back not as a lay English teacher but as a steward of the Church; in short, I discovered I wanted to be a missioner. And thus my journey with Maryknoll was begun.

November 1, 2011

Maryknoll's yearlong centennial celebration ends

Fr. Edward Dougherty, M.M.
NEW YORK -- Maryknoll is the gift of mission that the church in America gave to the universal church, and will continue to give, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick told more than 1,800 participants at a festive Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral Oct. 30.
The Mass celebrated the centennial of the group formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America.  read more>>