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Maryknoll sisters to celebrate order’s centenary Sunday at St. Ann’s

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Maryknoll sisters from the Diocese of Wilmington will celebrate their congregation’s 100th anniversary Sunday, May 6, at the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ann’s Church in Wilmington.

The event will include a talk on the sisters’ work in Tanzania and Panama given by Sister Mary Reese, who was raised in St. Ann’s Parish, and Sister Gerri Brake, director of Maryknoll Sisters Residential Care Facility, who is from Christ Our King Parish in Wilmington.

Maryknoll is the first U.S.-based Catholic congregation of women religious dedicated to foreign missions. Mother Mary Joseph Rogers founded the order in 1912.

The sisters currently number close to 400 members who serve in 25 countries. Maryknoll sisters are nurses, doctors, teachers, theologians, social workers, agronomists, veterinarians, writers, artists and environmentalists. Many sisters work in AIDS ministry, on behalf of the poor, youth, women, migrant workers and victims of human trafficking.

For more information, visit their website www.maryknollsisters.org.

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