Maryknoll Celebrates Founders Day with All School Mass

Our Maryknoll community of 1,300+ students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered together, as they do every year, on February 14th at the MCC Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium to honor our school's founders, the Maryknoll Sisters and Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Founders Day is a chance for our community to reflect on and celebrate the six Sisters and young priest who founded Maryknoll in 1927. We were honored to have some of Oahu’s Maryknoll Sisters present at the community center for mass with Maryknoll alumnus Msgr. Gary Secor ’69 presiding. 

Founders Day is a reminder of the sacrifices our Maryknoll Sisters, Fathers and Brothers make every day across the globe. The Sisters currently serve in 24 countries across the world, championing a wide range of causes from economic development to women's advocacy. The Fathers and Brothers serve in the Asia, Africa and Latin America regions. The groups have been in existence for 105 years and 106 years respectively. Their efforts are a true testament to our school’s motto Noblesse Oblige, “to whom much is given, much is expected.” 

Fittingly and without cue, the Sisters received a standing ovation at the conclusion of mass as they exited the gym on their way to a luncheon held in their honor. Just as generations of Maryknoll Sisters gather with us each year to celebrate, our students get to enjoy ice cream after mass. 

We are blessed and grateful to our founders and the legacy they leave to ensure the world is a better place.

Photo Captions: 

  1. The Maryknoll Sisters enjoy mass at the Maryknoll Community Center.
  2. Students perform a traditional Chinese dance at the 2017 Founders Day Mass. 
  3. Msgr. Gary Secor ’69 presides over the 2017 Founders Day Mass at the Maryknoll Community Center.
  4. Maryknoll School President Perry Martin speaks to the Maryknoll Sisters after the 2017 Founders Day Mass.