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Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic Unite In Prayer

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Feb. 24, 2012

Hello, Friends at the Newman Connection,

Thank you so much for inviting us to unite with you in prayer for university students throughout the country!  It is a special time to be able to connect with each of you as we Maryknoll Sisters celebrate our Centennial—100 amazing years of God’s enfolding love working in us and through us!

A connection with Newman students and friends is really special for us! This is because the Catholic Mission Club at Smith College that our Founder, Mother Mary Joseph, began in 1906 eventually became a Newman Club at Smith College.

The call to mission of Mother Mary Joseph (Mollie) began to become clear during her college years.  As a student at Smith College in Massachusetts, Mollie Rogers witnessed the activity of her friends in foreign mission work. She realized that there was no mission activity available for Catholic young women at the college. This led her to start the Catholic Mission Club.  One thing led to another and in 1912, Mollie gathered a group of like-minded young women and the Maryknoll Sisters were born.  The seed that Mollie planted has blossomed so that today women from 22 nations now serve in 25 countries around the globe.

We are a community of women of faith who come from many backgrounds and cultures.  We are united in a lifelong commitment to participate in the mission of the universal Church so that God’s love, peace and justice may be proclaimed, witnessed to, received, suffered for and celebrated throughout the world.  We serve as educators, nurses, doctors, counselors and social workers, as well as advocates for women’s rights, youth issues and environmental concerns.  We also minister to the needs of AIDS victims and their families, work to end human trafficking, and speak out on behalf of the poor to government agencies, the United Nations, in the media and elsewhere.

Prayer is an essential part of life for all Maryknoll Missioners.  Mother Mary Joseph emphasized this once more in 1932 as she organized a Contemplative Community within the Maryknoll Sisters.  The Contemplative Community’s particular expression of mission is the ministry of prayer and sacrifice for all Maryknollers, the peoples they serve, and the mission endeavor of the Church throughout the world.  Our Contemplative Community is now also happy to unite their prayer energy in praying for the benefit of Newman Centers and Catholic Campus Ministries all across the country, especially on Wednesdays and Sundays!

May your college years be filled with opportunities to both discover God’s Love and to share it with others as you develop the gifts God has given each of you in ways that bring fulfillment to the lives of people throughout the world!

Let’s continue praying for one another!!

Sister Mary Ellen Kempken , M.M.

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