Maryknoll History

A Treasure Especially Our Own

Maryknoll Mission Archives centralizes, collects, organizes, preserves, protects, and makes available for research the legacy of Maryknoll’s participation in the worldwide mission of the Church.

The Maryknoll Mission Archives is the official repository for all corporate records and manuscripts produced by the three expressions of Maryknoll: the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

Here you will find detailed descriptions (or “finding aids”) of primary sources documenting the lives, mission work, culture, and history of the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

Our goal is to make your research experience as efficient and pleasant as possible. Please explore our Researcher Information page to plan your work at the Archives. We look forward to helping you with your research!  


Stories by Maryknoll Mission Archives Staff 

Unscheduled Flights

Sometimes when researchers visit the Archives, they uncover mistakes made by Staff and researchers past. For example, a researcher came to learn more about the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers’ mission in Guatemala, and discovered that several diaries from those...

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Christmas in the Big City

Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Heidi Cerneka, spent nearly 20 years missioned in Brazil, focusing primarily on women’s prison ministry.  While reading through her newsletters I found an entry from December 2004 where she talks about what Christmas is like for the women in...

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Sisters in the Snow

As it gets chillier and chillier here in New York, it makes me hope for snow. I’ve always thought of a gentle snow as winter’s reward, because if it’s going to be 20 degrees, we ought to be rewarded for suffering the cold with something beautiful outside. The...

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Maryknoll Through History

Explore our timeline of major events in the life of Maryknoll