Died. Joseph R. Lang, M.M., 90, Maryknoll priest for 63 years, missionary and mission administrator, April 9, 2016, in Maryknoll, New York. After missionary service in Peru for fifteen years he was recalled to the United States to serve in the central administration of the Maryknoll Society, and then in Rome where he was director of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine, connected with the Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Church and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.
In 1981 he was co-organizer of the SEDOS Research Seminar in Rome and co-editor of the book Mission in Dialogue. Following that he was appointed executive secretary of the Maryknoll General Council until 1984 when he became the executive director of the US Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) in Washington, DC, where he served for six years. In that capacity he helped to organize the Ecumenical Mission Consultation on “Divided Churches/Common Witness: An Unfinished Task for US Christians in Mission.”
In 1989 he was a Vatican observer at the World Conference on Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches in San Antonio, Texas, and in 1991 he was a Vatican observer at the World Council of Churches Assembly in Canberra, Australia.
Before retiring in 2001, he served as a financial development officer for Maryknoll, and as a parish priest in Boca Raton, Florida.