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2021 Annual Report

If 2020 turned our world upside down, perhaps 2021 allowed us to see what we are capable of as a community. In our 2021 journey, more than 45 Maryknoll lay missioners remained in mission despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. Together with their communities, they responded to new and wide-ranging needs, adapted to the obstacles that continued to rise with ever-changing restrictions, and sought new and creative ways of shared accompaniment.

Throughout, our lay missioners demonstrated remarkable tenacity and a sense of renewal grounded in a deepened call to journey with our sisters and brothers on the margins — a journey that embraces the reality that all life is sacred, precious, and connected. The stories in our 2021 Annual Report are but a small sampling of this belief and the journeys to which it led in 2021.

With an eye to the future, Maryknoll lay missioners embarked on another journey — one of exploring mission in the 21st century. Between April and December, our community engaged in a period of intense reflection and dialogue as part of an Expanded Mission Assembly process that would culminate in 2022. This process helped us to see that the Spirit is awakening us to deeper transformation, love and hope.