Maryknoll nearing centennial

It seems like just yesterday that I wrote about Maryknoll’s 90th birthday:

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OSSINING – A family reunion of sorts has been taking place here, bringing together men and women from the poorest, most desperate regions of the world.

Many haven’t seen each other in years, but they’ve shared remarkably similar tales about the fallout from globalization, the continuing spread of AIDS, unabated threats to the environment and the basic plight of the oppressed, illiterate and hungry.

A depressing scene, perhaps, one without hope. But these are Maryknoll missioners, the heart of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, and they have been trying to bring light to the darkest corners of the world for 90 years.

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Now here we are, on the cusp of Maryknoll’s 100th anniversary, which will be celebrated through all of 2011.

Here’s the anniversary logo (it’s kind of small, I know):

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.