As I write this, I was immediately brought back to my recent time in Bangladesh. I have never seen such poverty in all my years, which includes service in East Africa and the Middle East. There are families who make their homes on the street.
St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes has always been the patron saint of Maryknoll Sister Bernadette Cordis Duggan, so when the opportunity to spend her season of renewal, in part at least, on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, Sister Bernadette was thrilled.
I have worked on the African continent for most of my adult life – almost 40 years – and have visited at least a dozen countries on all five continents in the past six years as President of the Maryknoll Sisters. Although I have this vast international experience – Pittsburgh will always be my home.
There is more to the United States government than elections! You would never think so if you read the polls or watch the ads.
In the gospel of St. John (21:18), Jesus says to Peter, "When you were young, you were able to do what you liked and go where you wanted to; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and others will direct you and take you where you don't want to go."
What a beautiful day we share today as we come together! We extend a warm, heart-felt welcome to all our guests: family members and friends who have joined us for this Final Vows special ceremony. We also welcome our Maryknoll brother, Fr. Jack Sullivan, to preside at this Eucharistic Liturgy.
We Maryknoll Sisters were holding our General Assembly in New Jersey. The beautiful closing ceremony was on Saturday evening, just in time for us to make it. The Peoples’ Climate March was to start at 11 a.m. Sunday (September 21) and some events were even scheduled to happen around 9:00.