Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Representing Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners
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Migrants

Crosses / California border

Maryknoll missioners have worked with migrants and people on the move for decades. They have served Burmese refugees in Thailand, Thai workers all over Asia, Burundian and Rwandan refugees in East Africa, and have accompanied Guatemalans, who, after years in Mexico, returned home to start anew in a more peaceful country. Our faith compels us to stand in solidarity with migrants.

Here in the United States, we are profoundly affected by the contribution of migrants in our society, and we have a responsibility to treat them, like all the rest of God’s creation, with dignity and respect.

Maryknoll leadership statement on the ongoing "zero tolerance" and family separation crisis

As the leadership of the Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, we denounce the cruel and immoral “zero-tolerance” immigration policy enacted by the Trump Administration which has resulted in the separation of over 2,300 children from their parents, the criminal prosecution of anyone who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, and severe restrictions on asylum applications.

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Scripture reflections

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 5, 2020

Life is not always easy and light. It is not without its burdens; it is full of trials and tribulations. As I read the selected Gospel for today, I remember vividly the many faces of migrants arriving at Casa del Refugiado in El Paso, Texas, where I volunteered for a month last year. Casa del Refugiado is an old electrical utility warehouse that has been turned into a place of hospitality for asylum-seekers crossing the southern border between the United States and Mexico.

Baptism of our Lord

January 11, 2015

Fr. John Sivalon, MM, who served in Tanzania, wrote the following reflection. It is also published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.

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