Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Vision for a Meaningful Life

Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners Joe and Linda Michon (’90 Mexico, Bolivia, US) featured in Holy Cross Magazine:

MICHON_0036Holy Cross Magazine published an article about Maryknoll Lay Missioners Linda and Joe Michon who spent 20 years of their lives as Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Oaxaca, Mexico then El Alto, Bolivia and finally on the US / Mexico border at El Paso/Juarez.

They provided much needed and very valuable eye care and medical service. The article relays their journey and discernment that led to Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

Joe is graduate of Holy Cross and a classmate of Maryknoll Father Tom Henehan.

Please click here to read the article.

St. Christopher. Dorchester, MA

Church Talk, October 24-25

 

Speaker: Sue Marble-Cuthbert Returned MKLM

Location: 263 Mount Vernon Street,
Dorchester, MA

Pastor: Rev. George A. Carrigg

Masses: Saturday 4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am and 12:00pm

Website: Click here

“Faces of Migration” photoblog attracts attention in Brazil

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Greg Fischer serves in mission in Brazil with Missão Paz, a center for migrants and immigrants where he works to ensure basic human rights are respected and protected, while also assisting these migrants with basic services, work placement, housing and other needs.

Greg has been working on a special project with Missão Paz, to address the lack of education on migrant issues for the Brazilian public. Greg created a photoblog called “Rostos da Migração” (Faces of Migration) that is bringing attention to the prejudices and obstacles that immigrants face. He has gained local Brazilian media coverage for the project including BuzzFeed Brazil. Most recently, the project and Greg were featured by a Brazilian online publication, Clichetes.com. Read the resulting article here that has been translated to English.

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Greg interviews several immigrants for the photoblog Rostos da Migracao

St. Benedict. Johnstown, PA

Church Talk, October 17-18

SAM&CECILIA_SAN-ANTONIO-2011Speaker: Sam Stanton Executive Director at MKLM and
Cecilia Espinoza MKLM

Location: 2310 Bedford Street,
Johnstown, PA

Pastor: Rev. David S. Peles

Masses: Saturday at 5:00 and 7:00pm
Sunday 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30am

Website: Click here

Meet the Missioner

An Alternative Path: How to find meaningful work abroad

Join  Maryknoll Lay Missioner Kathy Bond at Notre Dame to learn about her experience promoting health and human rights for women in Brazil through Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Food and drink provided.

Location: Saint Mary’s College,
137 Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Date/time: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 12 noon-1:00pm

Description: St. Mary’s graduate, Kathy Bond, will share her experience promoting health and human rights for women in Brazil through Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Learn how you can apply your skills, develop language fluency, be part of a supportive community and gain incredible experience contributing to transformational work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Food and drink provided.

Click here to view and print our flier.

RSVP: to Lindsay Doucette: ldoucette@mklm.org

Meet the Missioner

An Alternative Path: How to find meaningful work abroad

Join  Maryknoll Lay Missioner Kathy Bond at Notre Dame to learn about her experience promoting health and human rights for women in Brazil through Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Food and drink provided.

Location: Notre Dame, Center for Social Concerns,
Coffeehouse (Geddes Hall, Bdg 1212)
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Date/time: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, 5:30-7:00pm

Description: St. Mary’s graduate, Kathy Bond, will share her experience promoting health and human rights for women in Brazil through Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Learn how you can apply your skills, develop language fluency, be part of a supportive community and gain incredible experience contributing to transformational work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Food and drink provided.

Click here to view and print our flier.

RSVP: to Lindsay Doucette: ldoucette@mklm.org

The Magic of Cultural Exchange

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Nancy Davies

When serving in a foreign country, we as Maryknoll Lay Missioners are sensitive to respecting the culture of the local people. We are also open to learning about their customs and way of living.

As I work here in Cambodia, I am surprised to find that the Cambodians are just as curious and open to learn about my culture and customs. I work at the Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme in Phnom Penh where we have classes for deaf students who have never had the opportunity to go to school. We have established football (soccer) teams for both men and women comprised of former students and others from the deaf community.

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Fun with face painting

As the men finished their first ever league, often against seasoned hearing teams, we decided to have a sports event to celebrate their accomplishments. We introduced the tailgate party.

First we had to explain, in sign language, what a tailgate party was all about. Even our co-director who is from Britain was not familiar with this US custom. Together we planned a barbecue, face painting, a half-time show with a lucky draw (raffle) and cheerleaders, an ice-bucket challenge, and lots of colorful banners and pom poms.

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DDP staff show their support for the Deaf Warrior team (Nancy at far left)

This was an immediate success with over 100 people attending the pre-game events as well as the game itself. We all wore shirts that were made when the league started in our team colors, but on this day many wanted to display the colors on their faces. The face painting table had a column of people waiting to be next. Cambodian barbecue is a local custom here so the men went about starting the charcoal while the women strung chicken onto skewers. The “lucky draw” as they call it here created a sensation at half-time only to be topped by the cheerleaders. I was surprised to see that four of our teachers had made skirts and practiced a routine for this special day. They were not deterred by the fact that they were all 30 years old and could not hear the music. This was a new experience for them and they embraced it wholeheartedly!

Cambodian style BBQ

Cambodian style BBQ

As our team and supporters streamed out of the building under a huge banner, I was amazed to see so many joyful faces. That day we saw the merging of cultures and customs produce something magical – a day that we hope will become an annual event here at the Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme.

Meet the Missioners

Come and Meet the Missioners

Location: Maryknoll House, 2360 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005

Date/time: Oct. 4, 2015, 2pm

Description: Join Lindsay Doucette to learn more about overseas Catholic mission at this “Meet the Missioners” event, presented jointly by Maryknoll Lay Missioners and our mission partners, the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Click here to view and print our flier.

RSVP:  to Lindsay Doucette, ldoucette@mklm.org or by phone 914-236-3489

St. Mary. Jewett City, CT

Church Talk, October 3-4

 

ecambierSpeaker: Erik Cambier MKLM

Location: 34 N. Main St,
Jewett City, CT

Pastor: Msgr. Ted Tumicki

Masses: Saturday 4:00pm
Sunday 8:00 and 11:00am

Website: Click here

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