Monthly Archives: May 2015

St. Matthew’s. Cranston, RI.

Church Talk, May 30 and 31


Speaker: Maria Montello MKLMmmontello

Location: 15 Frances Ave,
Cranston, RI

Pastor: Rev. Ronald Bengford

Masses: Saturday 4:00pm
Sunday 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00am

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St. Mary’s. Cranston, RI

Church Talk, May 30 and 31


Speaker: Alicia Butkiewicz MKLMabutkiewicz

Location: 1525 Cranston St,
Cranston, RI

Pastor: Rev. James Verdelotti

Masses: Saturday 4:00 and 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am

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St. Rocco. Johnston RI.

Church Talk, May 30 and 31


Speaker: Debbie Northern MKLMdebbie 80x80

Location: 927 Atwood Ave,
Johnson, RI

Pastor: Rev. Angelo Carusi

Masses: Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday 7:30, 9:00, 10:30am and Noon

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St. Michael’s. Olympia, WA

Church Talk, May 30 and 31


Speaker: Nancy Davies MKLM1ndavies

Location: 1208 11th Ave SE,
Olympia, WA

Pastor: Fr. James

Masses: Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30am

Website: Click here

Archbishop Oscar Romero Beatification Celebrations, Ossining NY

Media Contact: Lucy Leety-Wheeler
Cell: 312-315-8580

 “I Will Arise in my People”

– Maryknoll Celebrated Beatification of Archbishop Romero with Special Events –

RomeroOSSINING, NY (May 26, 2015) Maryknoll (Lay Missioners, Sisters and Fathers and Brothers) jointly held a two-day event to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the same weekend that the Archbishop was beatified in El Salvador.

Archbishop Romero’s commitment to social justice, which cost him his life, was of great importance to all Maryknoll missioners, both during his lifetime, as well as today. Through our combined efforts in overseas Catholic mission, Maryknoll as a whole continues to work for social justice and, like Romero, to be a voice for the poor in Latin America, as well as other nations around the world. Nine Lay Missioners currently work in mission accompanying the poor in El Salvador today.

Archbishop Romero holds a special place in the hearts of Maryknollers, particularly those who came to know him and draw strength from him during their service in Central America, as well as because of two Maryknoll Sisters, Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, and Lay Missioner Jean Donovan, who prepared for mission with Maryknoll, all of whom were killed because of their work with the poor in El Salvador, just months after Romero’s murder.

The two-day celebration at Maryknoll included:

  • The film, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero, was shown Friday evening, May 22, 2015, to a crowd of approximately 90 people, followed by discussion facilitated by Larry Rich, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner who served from 1980-2002 in Peru and the U.S.
  • A bilingual Eucharistic Liturgy  celebrating the life of Archbishop Romero was held Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Queen of the Apostles Chapel at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Mission Center. There were approximately 300 people present at the lively celebration that closed with shouts of “Oscar Romero, Presente!”

At the homily of the Mass, Romero’s last radio sermon, given the day before his assassination, was read both in English and again in Spanish. In this sermon he called on the soldiers of the army to refuse to obey orders given them to carry out the torture, rape and killing of their own countrymen, but to obey the law of God – “Thou shalt not kill”!  He said, “No soldier is obliged to obey an order against the law of God.” The next morning he was shot. His last words were, “May God have mercy on the assassin.”

Sam Cecilia Romero celebration

Maryknoll Lay Missioners Cecilia Espinoza and Sam Stanton, together with Maryknoll Mary Ellen Kempken, provided the bilingual music for the Mass

The Archbishop’s courage and audacity in opting for the poor led him to his death, which he fully recognized and accepted as following in Christ’s footsteps. When friends tried to persuade him to have protection his response was, “Why should the shepherd have protection when his sheep are still prey to wolves?” He was accused of being a Marxist and siding with terrorists. Threats became more intense, but this deeply spiritual man would not be silenced. He spoke against violence committed by both sides – right and left – and pleaded for “dialogue, social justice for the poor, human rights for all Salvadorans and the practice of compassion.” He said, “I don’t want to be ‘anti’ against anybody. I simply want to be the builder of a great affirmation: the affirmation of a God who loves us and wants to save us.”

About Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) offers single people, married couples and families in the U.S. Catholic Church the opportunity to respond to the call of mission. Inspired by the mission of Jesus, we live and work with poor communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners was initiated in 1975 as a result of the vision and efforts of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and the Maryknoll Sisters. In our nearly 40-year history as Maryknoll Lay Missioners, more than 700 U.S. lay Catholics have crossed borders to serve in some of the world’s poorest communities. Today, the face of mission is rapidly being transformed by the ministries, lives and compassion of lay men and women.

Learn more about our history and the stories of mission by visiting our website: and Facebook page:


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Celebrating Fr. Tom Petronek, Kenya 1992

Fr. Tom Petronek was a member of the Maryknoll Lay Missioner class of 1992. He is from the diocese of Stubensville, OH and was sent to Kenya along with other members of his class. When we formed the Association in 1994 Tom was one of the nine founding Associate Priest Members of the Association.

On May 25th he celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination. Let us congratulate Tom on this important occasion and give thanks for the service he has offered during these 50 years, especially to the people of Kenya and Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

St. John the Evangelist. Brooklyn, NY.

Church Talk, May 23 and 24


rdixonSpeaker: Rick Dixon MKLM

Location: 250 21st St,
Brooklyn, NY

Pastor: Rev. Kenneth Granda

Masses: Saturday 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00 and 10:30am [Spanish]

Website: Click here

Celebrating the Beatification of Archbishop Romero

Celebrating the Beatification of Archbishop Romero

RomeroThe Maryknoll communities; Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters and Maryknoll Affiliates will host two celebrations in conjunction with the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero that is taking place in the Plaza Divino Salvador del Mundo in San Salvador, El Salvador on the 23rd of May. The celebrations at Maryknoll will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of May.

  • On Friday, May 22nd at 7:30 p.m. the documentary Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero will be shown in the Asia Room of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY.
  • On Saturday, May 23rd a bilingual mass will be celebrated in Queen of the Apostles Chapel of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center at 3:30 p.m. at 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY.

All are invited to join the Maryknoll communities in celebrating the joy of the beatification of this endeared, prophetic martyr!

Celebrando la Beatificación of Monseñor Romero

MaryknollRomeroEvents_SpanishLa Comunidad de Maryknoll; Los Padres y Hermanos, Las Hermanas, Los Laicos y Los Afiliados de Maryknoll han organizado dos eventos para festejar la beatificación del Arzobispo Oscar Romero que ocurrirá en la Plaza del Divino Salvador del Mundo en San Salvador, El Salvador el día 23 de Mayo. Los eventos de Maryknoll se realizaran los días 22 y 23 de Mayo.

  • El Viernes 22 de Mayo a las 7:30 p.m. se presentara el documental Monseñor: Los Últimos Momentos de Oscar Romero, este video se mostrara en el Centro de los Padres y Hermanos ubicado en 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY, en la sala de Asia.
  • El día Sábado 23 de Mayo a las 3:30 pm se celebrara una Misa bilingüe en la Capilla “Queen of the Apostles” (Reina de los Apóstoles) en 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY.

¡Todos están invitados a unirse a la Comunidad de Maryknoll para celebrar con alegría la beatificación de este querido profeta y mártir de la Iglesia!


St. Anthony’s. Albany, MN

Church Talk, May 17

Speaker: Fr. Bill Vos (MKLM Chair)

Location: 24326 Trobec Street
Albany, MN

Pastor: Fr. Cletus Connors OSB

Masses: Sunday 9:00am

Website: Click here

Maryknoll Lay Missioners Gathering in Los Angeles


Come and Share Your Mission Story

May 16, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Host: Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner Paul Freese
Address: Los Angeles, CA 90066.


The event includes a pot-luck dinner followed by a Maryknoll Lay Missioners presentation and mission stories of Returned Lay Missioners. Space is limited. Please get in touch with Lindsay or Cecilia for further information.

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