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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Icon of Our Lady of Maryknoll

Commissioned for Maryknoll's Centenary, this icon was "written" by Fr. William Hart McNichols and depicts the Blessed Mother teaching the Child Jesus to bless the world, which he holds in his hand. His foot is extended outward as if Our Lord is eager to be about his "Father's business." As per instructions, McNichols depicted Jesus less European and more like the children Maryknollers encounter everyday in mission overseas.

Providentially, the icon arrived at Maryknoll today, on the feast of St. Michael and the other archangels. The Mass today celebrated the Maryknoll Brothers and was the unofficial kick-off for Centenary celebrations here at the Center. The icon is scheduled to be consecrated on October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

This icon is a gift to Maryknoll from Fr. Gerry Hammond, Fr. Ed Szendrey and me, in honor of our deceased family members.

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