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Maryknoll marks 100th anniversary

October 31, 2011

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers celebrated their 100th anniversary at an October 30 Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was the principal celebrant, and Father Jan Michael Joncas--the composer of “On Eagle’s Wings”--composed a special musical Mass setting for the anniversary.

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers were founded by the US bishops in 1911 as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America. The average member is now 74 years old; according to various editions of the United States Catholic Mission Association’s handbook, 158 Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers now serve abroad--down from 279 in 2004.


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  • Posted by: kmbold - Oct. 31, 2011 7:07 PM ET USA

    They both deserve each other.

  • Posted by: New Sister - Oct. 31, 2011 9:44 AM ET USA

    ouch - even mentioning the name of that hymn is painful to my senses! It's interesting how bad music and the "social justice" crowd (which Maryknoll has become) naturally coalesce.