Founders Day Mass: 110th Anniversary of the Founding of the Maryknoll Sisters

Maryknoll School
Today was a day of celebration as we held our Founders Day Mass: 110th Anniversary of the Founding of the Maryknoll Sisters — joining our school community in worship and commemoration. Following the mass, our Maryknoll Sisters then toured the campus, visited our young Keiki, and delivered their traditional frozen desserts to students, capping the day with smiles.

In attendance, we were blessed to have Sr. Rosalinda Barrozo, Sr. Earnest Chung, Sr. Aurora de la Cruz, Sr. Lourdes Fernandez, Sr. Eleanor Killion, Sr. Yoo Soo Kim, Sr. Bitrina Kirway, Sr. Cecilia Santos, and Sr. Paulette Yeung.

The Maryknoll Sisters Congregation began in January 1912 when foundress Mary Josephine “Mollie” Rogers (known as Mother Mary Joseph) was chosen as their leader. Choosing mission as her theme, she turned to Father James Anthony Walsh of the Archdiocese of Boston’s Propagation of the Faith Office for help in providing materials that her new group could use.

That meeting with Father James Anthony Walsh led to a lasting partnership that would result in the founding of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in 1911 and the Maryknoll Sisters a year later. Today, Mother Mary Joseph Rogers is seen as one of the Co-Founders of Maryknoll, along with Father James Anthony Walsh and Father Thomas Frederick Price.

Our Maryknoll Sisters give witness to God’s love and devote their lives in service. As nurses, doctors, teachers, theologians, social workers, environmentalists, and more, they serve the needs of the people – the poor, the ailing, and the marginalized – where they are missioned.

The vision that is now Maryknoll School began with a young priest and six Maryknoll Sisters more than 90 years ago. When Maryknoll School was blessed in 1927, the student body was comprised of just 93 boys and 77 girls. Six Maryknoll sisters taught classes in a one-story building on Dole Street.


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