Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation 
His Excellency Governor Deval Patrick


Whereas Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, was born Mary Josephine Rogers in Boston, on October 27th, 1882; and

Whereas Inspired by a call to service at Smith College in Northampton, Mother Rogers established the first Mission Study Club for Catholic students at Smith College in 1906, and continued to work for the mission cause as an assistant editor for The Field Afar, a magazine founded by Reverend James Walsh, director of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith in Boston; and

Whereas Mother Mary Rogers made her first mission trip to China in 1921, and was elected Mother General of a diocesan religious congregation known as the Foreign Mission Sisters of St. Dominic (also known as the Maryknoll Sisters) in 1925, a position in which she served until 1946; and

Whereas By the end of Mother Mary Rogers’ tenure in 1946, the Maryknoll Sisters had grown to 733 members, and had sisters working in areas as diverse as East Asia and Latin America; and

Whereas Under Mother Mary Rogers’ leadership, the Maryknoll Sisters facilitated increased communication and understanding among those of different religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds, in the Commonwealth, in the United States as a whole, as well as overseas,

 

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 12th, 2013, to be, 

Mother Mary Joseph Rogers Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twelfth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin          
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts