John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis' support of the sainthood cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador means beatification could come quickly.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
She attended the community Mass this morning with Society members on the Lady Chapel, and after lunch in our dining room with Fr. Dougherty and council members, she was given a Despidida of grand proportions in the Asia/Africa room.
Hundreds of employees and society members, in addition to Nina's immediate family, attended and enjoyed tasty treats, many of which were homemade by our loyal staff.
Speakers (in random order) included Fr. Ed Dougherty, superior general; Fr. John Sivalon, former SG; Fr. Art Dwyer, who served on the very first council with Nina back in the day; Maryknoll Sisters President Janice McLaughlin; Sr. Sue Moore; Ms. Denise Schneider, assistant to the US regional superior; Ms. Adrianne Glass, head of HR; Ms. Marge Gaughan, managing editor of MARYKNOLL magazine and moi, on behalf of the rank and file members for whom Nina has been a comforting presence all these years.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Joan worked most recently as Supervisor Bank Deposit/Business Office in the Finance-Cashiers Department. Many Maryknollers came to know Joan in the Business Office in our main building.
About seventy-five Maryknollers and employees attended a prayer service this afternoon in Mary, Queen of Apostles chapel. Fr. Dave Smith presided, Fr. Mike Duggan lead the singing and Fr. Joe LaMar was lector.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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Dear all. I have now been back in
Egyptfor one week now after several weeks in . It has been an interesting week. Germany
With the curfew and so many expats out of the country, life has been a cross between boredom and excitement.
I am trying to fill some of my time by helping to translate, edit and write plus home masses and masses for the German Sisters.
I am not supposed to go out much as a foreigner, but I do call friends and visit them for several hours during the day.
I think most of you have gotten the list of Christian institutions burned. It is really heartbreaking to see this all happening.
Below are several links to work I have been involved with over the last few days. I am fine and plan to stay here. Doug
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Located about two hours northwest of us, they said they had heard so much about Maryknoll they wanted to visit and were truly impressed by our headquarters. They seemed a fairly young group. A quick visit to their website describes them as a "traditional Catholic" order. Someone thought their were affiliated with the schismatic Pius V Society, in which case they are on the fringes of the church. In other words, we have a lot in common.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Meanwhile, back at the Knoll, the joint Maryknoll choir will start today practicing for Dae Kim's ordination Mass on June 1.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Folks, while news out of the Vatican that Pope Francis has "unblocked" the cause for Oscar Romero, clearing the way for beatification and, we hope, canonization fills us with great joy, we have to wonder.
1) Who blocked it to begin with?
2) Are they still connected to the Vatican?
and most germane to Maryknoll:
3) What possible hope do our "saints in the pipeline" have?
If a martyr like Romero got blocked, our guys must have been completely buried--bureaucratically speaking.
But today is a day to rejoice in our causes for canonization being half full.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Ann, like several other dear friends of Maryknoll, check in from time to time with Knollnews to keep up with all the intrigue and drama that somehow never make it into "Journey of Faith", much less the Maryknoll Magazine. As I told her in my reply, my silence was part busyness and part laziness, because there is certainly enough going on at Mother Knoll these days to merit mentioning.
A gathering of about 20 Maryknoll Affiliates and their governing board (reps from the Society, Congregation and Lay Missioners) just finished a four-day meeting at the Knoll. It was certainly wonderful having people with pulses join us for meals!
Speaking of which, another 75 vocation ministers swelled our ranks at lunch time on Saturday (yesterday) thanks to the organizing efforts of Deacon Steve DeMartino and Fr. Jim Madden of our vocations office. Ms. Margeret Sheehan, Sodexo manager, gave the men a heads-up on Friday lest there be more complaints of too much noise in the dining room or someone's cheese having been moved.
Early arrivals for our once-in-a century pan-Society Gathering have begun trickling in. Our youngest priest missioner, Fr. Rodrigo Ulloa-Chavarry, is back (at least physically) from Nepal. Due to jet-lag, his mind is expected to arrive by Tuesday. Fr. Ed Shellito is also in from (I want to say) Namibia (?). I want to avoid the annoying Maryknoll habit of citing all missions by country name but then clumping all Africa into one geographic lump. The nice thing about the blog and internet is I can correct a mistake as soon as it is pointed out. So if Shellito is not from Namibia but from Sudan, Mozambique, Congo, Hoboken or Burkina Faso, please let me know and I will change.
Other news: at the house meeting last week it was decided to experiment with a long-proposed earlier wake service. This has been on the back burner since Fr. Ray Hill's council in 1989! So, the next Maryknoller to die (if there is one) will be waked at the Center at 4:15 instead of 7:30. This will also allow Maryknoll employees a chance to attend. An earlier wake will be held at St. T's at their discretion.
Speaking of experiment (and intrigue and drama), the year's experiment with the ambo and new configuration of the main chapel officially ended with the Triduum, as per the original arrangement. Now it's time for the evaluation. A non-biased and impartial survey will be sent to all Society members, asking simply whether to revert to the traditional, tired, and boring set-up or maintain the current, dynamic, awe-inspiring and liturgically excellent arrangement. The survey will be numbered to insure no one stuffs the ballot box, as it were. The Gathering will allow the greatest number of members to see and experience the ambo and chapel in its present configuration, in order for them to make an informed and enlightened choice (not that this has ever stopped us before).
Whatever the outcome, the chapel will remain in its present formation until after he Jubilee celebration.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
We are especially inspired by his example of humble service and concern for the poor, as well as for social justice. By choosing the name Francis, may the Holy Father combine the simplicity and humility of St. Francis of Assisi with the missionary zeal of St. Francis Xavier to share God's love and mercy with all of us.
Father Edward M. Dougherty, M.M.
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Friday, March 15, 2013
Southern Region DIrector
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Meanwhile, news from Seoul via Chicago is that His Eminence Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo Jung has agreed to be the ordaining prelate at the priestly ordination of Deacon Dae Wook Kim here at Maryknoll, N.Y., on Saturday, June 1.
This will be a truly glorious occasion for both Maryknoll and the Korean Catholic community, as Archbishop Yeom, in ordaining Dae, brings our mission to Korea full circle.
This ordination will occur one week after our 2013 Gathering ends, so we should see a large number of Maryknollers as well as Koreans present.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Maryknollers and employees gathered in the Founders Room to wish her well and partake of many delicacies. (Thank goodness most of us are "of an age" where fasting and abstinance are voluntary.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
During Lent five articles I have written will appear in NCR. Here is the link to the second installment.
Lenten reflection: Guilt has, over the years, gotten a bum rap. Guilt does, in fact, serve a useful purpose.
The liturgy consisted of chant, silence and readings and lasted about one hour.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Missioners-in-training will live at the Sisters or at our Center.
Bethany has reverted back to the Society and our leadership is open to suggestions as to the future of this property.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Assuming the Italians fail in their last ditch attempt to retake the papacy, the College of Cardinals will look to a non European successor of Peter.
As a Filipino, he bridges the gap between European and non, by coming from a country geographically in Asia but with a culture closer to Latin America.
With 75.5 million fervent, still-practicing Catholics, they must be doing something right.
He is media savvy, with a weekly TV show called "Break Open the Word" in which he comfortably, pastorally and, most important, understandably links the readings of each Sunday's Mass and presents them in such a way so ordinary people can follow.
His parents are both alive: his mother is Chinese Filipino. He comes from a modest background.
He is a close friend to many Maryknollers. (But I do not think we ought to flatter ourselves by thinking we are that well-known among the other Cardinals to make this a negative!)
He is known to help out at soup kitchens and open his house to the homeless.
He is the youngest of the papabilli, at 55. But who knows? Maybe Benedict's example might encourage his successors to put in ten good years and then pass the tiara to the next one.
But here's the clincher for me: he's been on FaceBook for YEARS!
That being said, the most glaring mistake in these considerations is to think the election of a pope has anything to do with logic.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
That being said, I will only report what seems different than on any other blog or media outlet.
1) Whoever hopes to wear the shoes of the fisherman has to either win over or at least neutralize the formidable Italian bloc (20 of the 115 Electors). The Americans are next with 11, including Cardinal Roger Mahoney. (Did someone just hear Archbishop José Gomez of L.A. gulp?)
2) Although Cardinal Timothy Dolan is a favorite of American media, common wisdom holds no American will be elected pope as long as the United States is an empire...er...I mean superpower.
3) Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec, while a humble and prayerful man, is simply from a country that is considered America-Lite.
4) Cardinal John Tong of Hong Kong is a friend of Maryknoll, so that ought to sink his chances right there. Plus, some fear that he is far too nice and trusting and therefore no match for the Curia.
5) Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana has made the unfortunate mistake of giving interviews these past few days in which he called for the election of a new pope from the developing countries. Explicitly campaigning for the office usually means the kiss of death politically.
6) So the question arises, to which continent do the Cardinals want to send a message? Elect another european (most likely an Italian) to emphasize the New Evangelization (which bears an uncomfortable similarity to the Old Evangelization); an African to counter the rise of Islam in that continent; elect a Latin American to stem the defections to the Pentecostal and Evangelical churches, as well as "shore up your base" as it were; elect an Asian pope to tip the hat to this fast-growing and traditional church of Koreans, Vietnamese and, yes, Filipinos.
7) Although the Church in the USA sends the most money to the Vatican, we have far too many hot button issues (women priest, married priests, gay priests, sex scandals) for the Cardinals to want to stir up this hornets' nest any further.
And so we wait to see what will happen. With no one on the horizon anywhere near the stature as Cardinal Josef Ratzinger was, the conclave promises to be a free-for-all.
So speculation now turns to what name the new pope will take. There are several modern-sounding ones among the list of previous popes, including Fabian and Adrian. I think Alexander has cachet. Or the new pontiff might really want to strike a modern tone with something like Jason, Bruce, Chad, or my favorite: Trevor.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Joe lives in nearby Beacon, NY, with his wife and two children.
Best of luck, Joe, and remember to refrain from using two much sage on the baked chicken!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Regarding stairwells – the new security card readers in the M, C, and R wing stairwells have not yet been activated. You may simply open the doors on any floor without first swiping your security card even though the card reader will then beep.
People "staying at the Knoll" are all issued with security cards. It is only visitors, who are not staying at the Knoll, who will either need to enter via the Rotunda door or phone security from the phone inside the sliding glass doors
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Friday, January 11, 2013
Stairwells, too, require a security card to open onto the desired floor.
People without cards who are staying at the Knoll will have to enter through the main door to gain access to the first floor (chapel, museum, meeting rooms and gift shop) and ground floor (dining room).