As James Keane, S.J., pointed out in a recent issue of our magazine, this year marks the 100th anniversary of Maryknoll. And given the order's long history of service to the church and to countries around the world, it certainly has reason to celebrate. Dozens of events have been planned, and the latest calendar can be found here.
America visited Maryknoll headquarters in (appropriately) Maryknoll, N.Y., on the occasion of the Centennial Mass, held June 29, 2011, in honor of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. The Maryknoll Centennial Choir performed a stirring entrance Hymn, "Non Nobis Domine," inspired by Psalm 115:1: "Not to us, O Lord, but to your name be the glory." The choir was directed by Lucille Naughton and it was composed of Maryknoll Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Lay Missioners, employees, neighbors and friends. The Mass took place in the Maryknoll chapel at the headquarters. We'll post a video report about the history of Maryknoll, starring online editor Tim Reidy, soon. For now, you can catch a glimpse of the celebration—and the choir's extensive talents—in the short video, below.