Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
We represent the Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and we work closely with the Maryknoll Affiliates.
We bring Maryknoll experience:
• To important debates about public policy in the United Nations, the U.S. and other governments, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and the corporate world
• To educate for social justice, peace and the integrity of creation
• To inform advocacy and action for social, economic and environmental justice
We facilitate the understanding and involvement of Maryknoll missioners by clarifying the links between their experience on the ground, and systems or structures that create or perpetuate poverty, human rights violations, conflict, and environmental destruction.
We are staffed jointly by missioners from each Maryknoll entity, salaried personnel, and Affiliate volunteers.
We are located in Washington, D.C., at Maryknoll, N.Y., and in New York City, across from the UN.
We provide information and analysis of critical issues and events such as peace-building initiatives; practical new relationships with Earth; transparency and participation in political and economic arenas; and just economic alternatives.
We cooperate with other Maryknoll departments on education and advocacy initiatives.
We collaborate with various institutions and organizations working for peace, social justice and the integrity of creation, on strategy for advocacy; public statements to policymakers; education materials; conferences, meetings and public witness.
Our office works regularly with other Catholic and faith-based organizations and communities working for peace, social justice and the integrity of creation. We serve as a resource for Maryknollers, and we attempt to bring the voice and experience of Maryknoll into policy discussions in the United Nations, the U.S. and other governments, international financial institutions and the corporate world.
Maryknoll is the popular name of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America (priests and brothers), and the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic. The lay missioner branch of the Maryknoll family is the Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful. Maryknoll trains, recruits and supports missioners serving in more than 30 countries in Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
The Fathers and Brothers’ Justice and Peace Office, established in 1974, and the Maryknoll Sisters’ Office of Social Concerns, established in 1978, were created to assist in carrying out Maryknoll’s responsibility of promoting concern and action for justice as constitutive to the preaching of the Gospel and so too Maryknoll’s work of mission. See a timeline of Maryknoll’s justice and peace work: the work of the Justice and Peace Office, the Office of Social Concerns, and the Office for Global Concerns. This timeline was created in the spring of 2012 as part of Maryknoll’s centennial celebrations.