Monthly Archives: February 2018

Meet a Missioner – Kathleen Flatoff – Kenya – Class of 2017

Today we continue our #MeetaMissionerMonday series by introducing one of our newest missioners, Kathleen Flatoff, who is now working in Kenya.

Kathy is a parishioner at Queen of the Apostles in Tomah, WI, in the Diocese of La Crosse. In her parish she has served as a guild chairman and president of the Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW). She has her BSN from Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI, and her MSN from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She retired in 2012 after 28 years as registered nurse in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Before starting her nursing career, she worked as an oral surgery assistant. Previously, she served 4 years as a corpsman in the US Navy, stationed in Guam. There, she worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. She also worked at St. Joseph’s Indian School, an American Indian boarding school, in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Kathy has been to Haiti, Tanzania and Ethiopia on short-term mission trips over the last decade. In her long career with the military and nursing, mission work never left her mind. She found the experience to be enriching and rewarding. After her retirement, she decided that now was the time and she would finally go back to mission work. A friend finally encouraged to her to take the first step and apply in September 2016.

Doing God’s work runs in the family as her sibling is a Salesian brother. She grew up with the Maryknoll Magazine in her house and often went on websites to read about the Lay Missioners. Though she had once considered joining the Peace Corps, she decided she wanted a more faith-based experience and signed up with MKLM. She also felt MKLM was a better fit for someone who’s retired as it appeals to a wider variety of ages. She believes she will do very well in Kenya as that is where she is being called. Ideally, she would love to work with orphans or in a clinic or school. However, once there, she will determine the needs and interests of the people she will be serving and go with the best fit.

Please join us in praying for Kathleen as she begins this meaningful chapter in her life. We hope that you wish her well and support her in her endeavors. Please share Kathleen’s story and Maryknoll Lay Missioner with others, especially committed Catholics who may be discerning God’s call to serve.

CLICK HERE or below to view her interview.

Meet a Missioner – Kathleen Flatoff – Kenya – Class of 2017

Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) introduces new Missioner Kathleen Flatoff – Class of 2017 – who works with the people of Kenya

Sending Ceremony 2017 video

We are excited to share with you the final edited Sending Ceremony video! A million thanks to Luis Ortiz of the Maryknoll Sisters, and team, for their extraordinary video skills!

Ash Wednesday

27858795_10155574686009209_1374661419732168367_nNo matter what anxieties trouble you today, to dust you shall return.

Regardless of the possessions you cherish, to dust you shall return.

It does not matter what identities you cling to or try to shake, to dust you shall return.

No matter the barriers you put up to draw attention to our differences, to dust you shall return.

Regardless of you accomplishments and accolades, to dust you shall return.

It does not matter how high you climb or how low you fall, to dust you shall return.

As you reflect this Lent on the legacy you will leave, Maryknoll Global Concerns guide is a great tool to lead your reflections.

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Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns – Lenten Reflection Guide 2018

Lenten Reflection Guide 2018

Come pray, study, act with us.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we offer reflections, questions, prayers, and actions for the season of Lent based on each week’s Gospel reading and the six principles of nonviolence offered by Dr. King in Stride Toward Freedom, his memoir of the 1957 Montgomery bus boycott. According to Dr. King, the book is ‘‘the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth.”

Lent offers us all a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. Use this guide individually or in small groups to reflect upon our life patterns, to pray more deeply, and renew our spirits to face the realities of our world.

Each day in the Lenten Guide:

February 14, Ash Wednesday

February 18, First Sunday of Lent

February 25, Second Sunday of Lent

March 4, Third Sunday of Lent

March 11, Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 18, Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 25, Palm Sunday

A reflection on Cambodia – Maria Montello

maria montelloCambodia is a country with one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. But in a country plagued by corruption, such growth does not mean a more manageable standard of living. Rather, it means a growing divide between the haves and have-nots.

Pedaling though the streets of Phnom Penh, I pass women carrying baskets of produce on their heads to earn $30 a month as I dodge luxury cars whose owners paid $100,000 for their prize. Complicit in this are other nations, near and far, who pull on ends of the supply-demand chain. Entrepreneurs with eyes on Cambodia’s resources build roads sufficient to haul out anything above and below the surface that is of value—trees and rice,
gold and copper, power from her rivers and oil from below her waters, cheap factory work from her daughters and sweat labor from her sons.

We think we need products so we need the resources—materials, power, people—to make them. This has dire consequences for the Cambodian people and their land. Maryknoll works with those who live in the path of development projects and are forced to relocate. Thanks to deforestation, there is hardly a cool season and flood waters rise every year, threatening harvests and livelihoods. Families are forced to sell their land—and their daughters. “Do we see the connection between our demand for products and the ramifications for nations like Cambodia?”

– MARIA MONTELLO, Maryknoll Lay Missioner

A Day in the Life: Work and Play in Cambodia – Maria Montello – MKLM

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Maria Montello takes us through a day in the life of the people she serves in Cambodia.

Meet a Missioner – Angelica Ruppe – Tanzania – Class of 2017

Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) introduces new Missioner Angelica Ruppe – Class of 2017 – as she works alongside the people of Tanzania.

Meet a Missioner – Angelica Ruppe – Class of 2017

angelicaToday, we continue our #MeetaMissionerMonday series by introducing one of our newest missioners, Angelica Ruppe, who is now working in Tanzania. Angelica has a BS in accounting from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico and a Masters in General Studies from Southern Oregon University. She also has training in Neuro Linguistic Programming from Wings Seminars. She served as Chief Financial Officer of a community and migrant clinic in southern Oregon. She is a CPA and has taught accounting.

Angelica spent a month serving as a missioner in Cameroon, Africa. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Ashland, Oregon, with which she often returns to Mexico for projects to bring housing, water, stoves and playgrounds to rural communities. She grew up in Mexico and came to the US to attend graduate school. Angelica enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, dancing, and camping. She has two adult children.

Angelica came to MKLM having been referred by a missioner friend. When she applied to become a Lay Missioner, she said her dream got bigger; everyone knows about MKLM, she said. She is excited to serve in Tanzania, as that was her first choice. Having served previously in Africa, she knew she wanted to go back and do mission work there. She looks forward to her work in Tanzania, following “whatever God wants her to do.”

Please join us in praying for Angelica as she begins this meaningful chapter in her life. We hope that you wish her well and support her in her endeavors. Please share Angelica’s story and Maryknoll Lay Missioner with others, especially committed Catholics who may be discerning God’s call to serve.

CLICK HERE or below to view her interview.

Rural Chile Experience and Intensive Spanish Program

Bienvenidos, Bienvenidas al fin del mundo! – Welcome at the end of the world!

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Specifically created for Notre Dame and Marquette Universities

February 9 – 25, 2018

Deadline for Sign Ups: November 9, 2017
Maryknoll Lay Missioners provides an intensive Program of Spanish language and Chilean idioms through classroom work, practical and cultural experiences to increase knowledge of terminology, vocabulary and cultural differences in communication. They will introduce you to Chilean rural life, history and culture through presentations, both academic and artistic, tours to different areas of interest and a living experience with a Chilean rural family to strengthen your cross-cultural competencies and language.

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