In their situations around the world, all Maryknoll Sisters work and pray for peace and justice. At the Maryknoll Sisters Center, a gong chimes each morning at 10:30 to announce the power prayer for world peace, and the Maryknoll missionaries and their lay co-workers stop for a minute to join their prayers for peace. Other friends, wherever they are, are invited to unite with this prayer at 10:30 am (New York time).

Sister Bernice Rigney has spent decades in Africa and since 1988 has been based in Kenya providing counseling, crisis intervention and debriefing with victims of violence, including the Kenyan and U.S. survivors of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi and later, the many refugees from Rwanda. Presently she works with others to restore peace in Kenya. The Maryknoll Sisters Peace-Building Team in Africa has been based in Kenya since August 2006. They desire to facilitate relationships among culturally diverse people and together explore peaceful means of co-existence.

This team, which now numbers three, are from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds. They believe in the Africa proverb that says, "Peace is costly but it is worth the expense."

Our congregational president, Sister Janice McLaughlin, went to the newest country in the world, South Sudan, to participate in Solidarity with South Sudan, an international inter-congregational initiative aimed at bringing basic education and skills to the people of this wartorn country.

Two other Maryknoll Sisters, Jean Fallon and Rosemarie Milazzo, have recently joined Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), a group which places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations around the world at the initiative of local peace and human rights workers. Initiated by Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers with broad ecumenical participation, CPT's ministry of biblically-based and spiritually-centered peacemaking emphasizes creative public witness, nonviolent direct action and protection of human rights.

Did You Know?

  • Today, authoritarian leaders govern nearly 50 countries. The same number of countries are affected by conflict or potential instability (USAID).
  • As a result of the Syrian conflict which developed (as part of the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East) in March 2011, 5 million children have been affected and 1.2 million children have been forced to flee Syria.
  • South Sudan was named the world’s most fragile state in 2014 following a violent tribal conflict that began in December 2013.