World Teacher’s Day
“So, we must teach those who come to us, those to whom we go, not only prescribed secular knowledge, but especially, how to use, how to interpret this knowledge rightly, how to walk safely over the highways and byways of life, how to meet its joys and sorrows, how to avoid sin, how to live to God.”
Those words, written by Mother Mary Joseph in a letter to all Sisters from March 18, 1940, reveal her thoughts on the ideal Catholic teacher. Over the course of the last century, the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers have sent out hundreds of missioners to teach the youth of the world. Founding schools in remote areas, these intrepid Maryknollers helped educate those who, prior to Maryknoll’s arrival, might not have had access to a safe and secure place to learn. In the early years of mission in Hong Kong, Sister Mary Paul McKenna opened what would become the Maryknoll Convent School; Father George Pfister set up and managed the Maryknoll Language School in Musoma, Tanzania in order to help train the missioners in the language of their mission; and Sister Martina Bridgeman and Sister Regina Johnson founded the Colegio Monte Marie, a girls’ school in Guatemala in 1953.
Maryknoll has a long and robust history of providing education to those in areas of the world where it was lacking. So today, on World Teacher’s Day, we celebrate those Maryknoll teachers and thank them for their countless years in the classroom attempting to help navigate their students “safely over the highways and byways of life.”