Maryknollers from Brooklyn Observing Anniversaries

Three Maryknoll priests who are celebrating significant anniversaries this year were born in the Brooklyn Diocese. They are among 37 Maryknoll priests and brothers who will be commemorating their ordination to the priesthood or Final Oath as a Maryknoll Brother on June 24.

Bishop Francis X. Ford – Quintessential Missionary

While an observance of the 100th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of the late Bishop Francis X. Ford, M.M., was being celebrated, his colleagues at Maryknoll were excited about the prospects of his being canonized a saint.

Maryknoller Earns Matteo Ricci Award for Ministry with China

Maryknoll Sister Janet Carroll, founding executive director of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau, was the recipient of the organization’s 2017 Matteo Ricci Award, an honor bestowed upon people who best exemplify the bureau’s mission to build a bridge of friendship and service between the Catholic Church in the U.S. and China.

Brooklynite Observes 70th Year at Maryknoll

Sister Kathleen Higgins, M.M., a native of Brooklyn, observed her 70th Jubilee as a Maryknoll Sister recently. She was one of 39 Sisters marking significant anniversaries at the headquarters in Ossinning, N.Y.

Father Brennan

Fr. Brennan, M.M., served in Hong Kong

Father Anthony V. Brennan, M.M., a native of  Brooklyn, died in Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 19. He was 80 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 53 years. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was raised in Manhattan. After ordination on June 10, 1961, he was assigned to Hong Kong to study Cantonese.  In […]

Cause for Bishop Ford’s Sainthood Moves Slowly

Someday, the late Bishop Francis X. Ford will be declared a saint, but no one thinks it will happen soon. “It’s a moving, alive process,” says Father Raymond Finch, M.M., the Brooklyn-born Superior General of Maryknoll. “Now, can I tell you exactly where and how long it’s gonna be? Can’t. Different things happen at different moments, some steps are taken and some steps take a little longer.”

Maryknoller From Brooklyn Dies After 60 Years as Priest

Father James M. Gilligan, M.M., 87, a Maryknoll priest who only this month marked his 60th anniversary of ordination, died May 17. Born in Brooklyn, he attended P.S. 193, and graduated from St. John’s Prep, Bedford-Stuyvesant. He attended Maryknoll School of Theology, Ossining, N.Y., and he earned a degree in canon law from St. Thomas […]