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"From everywhere to everywhere"
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"...the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light..."​

Matthew 4:16
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Mission leaves a legacy, a legacy of "goings" and a legacy of lessons learned.
God engineers the goings—the places where we live out His assignments—and then asks that we share our most intimate experiences of Him for the lessons learned.

Bishop Alonso M. Escalante, M.M., exemplified how one person's goings and lessons learned spread the Gospel from continent to continent. From privileged beginnings in Merida, Mexico; to his ordination at the Maryknoll Seminary in the US; to humble missionary labors in China; to leading the Maryknoll mission band in the Pando, Bolivia; to returning to Mexico at the request of the Bishops of Mexico, Bishop Escalante came full circle as a missionary disciple.

He was a "missioner without borders", using theatre in his T'ung Hua mission in Manchukuo, China, to break down barriers against the Catholic Church. Five thousand Manchus—including civil and military authorities—attended his "Martyr's Play" at St. Joseph School in 1934. Then-Father Escalante carefully assessed the physical needs of the people he was sent to serve, especially when a WW II-era rice famine threatened thousands of Manchu lives.

He founded the Institute of Holy Mary of Guadalupe Foreign Mission Seminary—the Maryknoll counterpart in Mexico—later coined the "Missioners of Guadalupe", which is still thriving nearly 70 years later. And on this day in 1943, he was appointed first Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Maryknoll's mission in the Pando, Bolivia.

Prayer for 4th Sunday in Ordinary time​

O God of all peoples, present in all places, residing in all hearts, how we are grateful for the wonderful people You have lifted up to follow Your Jesus' footsteps in becoming outstanding missionaries. We rejoice at the testimony of Bishop Escalante lived out in many places with many peoples with such good humor and hospitality. Such examples are meant to penetrate the barriers of distance and ignorance and apathy surrounding our own hearts, so that we can imitate him as missionaries ourselves, where we live and with whom we work and as our relationships develop. May Your Spirit of Jesus help and guide us in this holy endeavor each day of this coming year.

Amen.

~ Father John P. Martin, M.M.
Dinh, what are you doing to share your mission, and what will be your legacy of faith and service? The nature of Kingdom Ministry as Jesus intended has three components: preaching the Gospel; learning and teaching His message; and healing physical, mental and spiritual wounds. "Escalar" means to climb in Spanish. Bishop Escalante climbed the stairway of mission, ever-ready for God's next assignment. Let us also take the steps toward our own baptismal calling.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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