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Fr. Kevin Hanlon is the Vocation Director for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. He was born in 1956 in Rochester, N.Y. After graduating form the Catholic University of America, he went for two years on mission to Mexico. After returning to the States, he taught at St. Agnes High School in Rochester, N.Y. In 1985, he went as a seminarian to mission in Japan, working in Tokyo and then in Hokkaido. Ordained for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in 1989, he worked as a missionary again in Hokkaido. In 1994, he went to Rome to study for a master’s and then a doctorate at the Gregorian University. For his dissertation, he researched popular Japanese Catholicism and was awarded a doctorate in Mission Theology (Missiology) in 1997. Returning to Japan, he worked as a missionary in the city of Nara, Japan, and also taught Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Women’s College in Kyoto. He wrote a book, published in both Japanese and in English, on the modern Japanese Church, Popular Catholicism in Japan (Tokyo: Enderle, 2004). At present, Fr. Hanlon works in the U.S. as a missiologist, mission educator and promoter for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, and has served for two years as an advisor to the USCCB Committee on World Mission.

"For me, it is a great joy to be together with priests." -Pope Benedict XVI