Maryknoll Vocation Ministries is a service to the Maryknoll Society.
This blog aims to keep Maryknoll Formation Candidates and
Vocation Prospects abreast of discernment and Church issues.

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.

September 3, 2012

Summer on Mission in Africa

One of the best aspects of the Maryknoll Formation program is the ability to visit Maryknoll missions throughout the world during one’s years of academic study. This past summer I was given the opportunity to visit the Maryknoll missions in East Africa, working with and visiting the missioners that are working throughout the region. Having never visited the African continent, I naturally had very little idea of what to expect; the languages, the culture, and the environment that the African region presents seemed very, very foreign to me.

July 14, 2012

Que Bueno!

In April I had the experience of going on a Holy Week retreat with Maryknoll. Que Bueno! It was great, and I am grateful for what it has shown me.  I was there with other men like me, discerning the call to religious life as a priest or a brother. We spent time with the Men of Marryknoll; there were many special events, times of prayer, and an amazing setting. We stayed in the Parish of Saint Patrick’s in an El Paso Texas town just about bordering Juarez Mexico, and the people were wonderful.

May 9, 2012

A Milestone along the Journey

Seminarian Jonathan Hill
The long-awaited day has finally arrived. Four years of sweat, blood and tears have paid off. I am graduating with honors from Loyola University in Chicago, with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. I must admit, it is a wonderful feeling. Graduation is the culmination of years of hard work, all boiled down to the satisfaction of holding that piece of paper in your hands.

April 24, 2012

The Mantle: Mission to Poor Children

Brother Candidate Ryan Thibert:
Holy Week 2012
The Mantle, named after our Lady of Guadalupe, is a non-residential program in Chicago which provides sanctuary for neighborhood children and educational opportunities for their parents.

Parents attend free classes in ESL, GED preparation, basic computer classes and other various family enrichment ministries.

April 2, 2012

The Meaning of Holy Week

“Only when someone values love more highly than life, that is only when someone is ready to put life second to love, for the sake of love, can love be stronger and more than death? If it is, it is more than death, it must first be more than mere life.

Jesus’ total love for men, which leads him to the Cross, is perfected in total stepping-over to the Father and therein becomes stronger than death, because in this it is at the same time total ‘being held’ by HIM.” Pope Benedict XVI

March 10, 2012

Sharing Spring Break with Those in Need

Tornedo devestation
Several of us seminarians are on Spring Break this week, and after a few short days of quiet, we began looking desperately for something to fill our time. Originally, we had planned on driving up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit a brewery and see the city. However, news of the recent devastating tornado in Illinois kept filling the internet and airwaves, and requests for volunteers were coming from the United Way.  Seeing an opportunity to do more than just waste time, Jonathan Hill and I decided to drive down to the area that was worst hit, on the Indiana side of Louisville, Kentucky.  After driving all night, we arrived at the deserted United Way building around 3:00 am. There was a sign that said that they would reopen at 9:00 am.  So, with nothing else to do, we slept in the car until the building opened.

February 20, 2012

The Church is Mission!

Timothy Cardinal Dolan
On the eve of becoming Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, Cardinal Dolan gave this speech in Rome on February 17, 2012 before the Pope and the College of Cardinals:

“The Announcement of the Gospel Today, Between Missio Ad Gentes and the New Evangelization.”

Holy Father, Cardinal Sodano, my brothers in Christ:

Sia lodato Gesu Cristo! (Praised be Jesus Christ!)

It is as old as the final mandate of Jesus, “Go, teach all nations!,” yet as fresh as God’s Holy Word proclaimed at our own Mass this morning . . .