March 24 – Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero and 37th anniversary of his Martyrdom: Reflection by Peter Altman, MKLM

Every day, when I drive past the entrance to the town where I live in El Salvador, I see a bust of Archbishop Romero. I see his portrait in every church. His face greets me from the wall of the local barber shop, at the local bakery, and on countless murals across this small country. It isn’t strange to see...
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International Women’s Day

Written by Joanne Blaney. As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, we remember the many women of courage and hope in our world. We celebrate the improvements in the lives of women and girls in some areas; however we know that there is still much to be done for those who suffer from prejudice, abuse, poverty, lack of health...
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Hope

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Hang Tran in Cambodia In 1990 the Missionaries of Charity started welcoming the abandoned and the sick in the capital of Phnom Penh, then later established other houses in Cham Chaov – an outskirt area of Phnom Penh and in Siem Riep – a northwest province near Thailand. 2015 marks the 25th year anniversary of...
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Betty the Survivor

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Judy Walter St Patrick’s Dispensary, where I work as a nurse in Mombasa, Kenya, offers an outreach clinic at Kiberani every other Friday. This location is to better serve a population located about four miles away from our regular clinic, and is held at the St Francis’ school where Maryknoll Lay Missioner Teresa Villaruz teaches...
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Income Generating Projects in Kenya are Ever-Evolving

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner John O’Donoghue The Kapenguria Women’s Co-operative Group, one of the income-generating projects I help counsel, is now four years old. Presently, they are 17 members in their group; they would like the group not to exceed a membership of 20. Recent conversations with this group caused me to recognize that there is no such thing...
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Teaching Fundamentals of Restorative Justice to Brazilian Youth

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Kim Fischer How do you summarize an entire 20 week course in one final activity? By messing around with toothpaste! Lay Missioner Catherine Heinhold and I just finished up our Fundamentals of Restorative Justice course at the youth center Clube da Turma Cavanis in São Paulo, Brazil. During the months we spent with the youth...
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Restorative Justice goes beyond Legal Training

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Joe Loney We met in a ten by five foot room, which serves as a computer skills room, library, interview room and combined storage-closet for the newcomers and sleeping quarters in the nighttime. Through the grapevine, Miguel learned that the free lawyer from the “Church” was attending to legal questions. He must have waited fifteen...
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Unexpected Babysitter for a Day

Written by Minh Nguyen I often remind myself to expect the unexpected. Things still hit me by surprise, sometimes to test my compassion level and/or my flexibility in shifting my priorities. This happened four days after the New Year, I received an urgent email from a Franciscan friend who does pastoral work at the San Sebastian Women’s prison. She mentioned...
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Finding Alternatives to Violence: Reaching Youth in Brazil

Written by Flávio José Rocha da Silva, This past January, I was invited by the NGO GAIA to facilitate a short workshop on Theater of the Oppressed for teenagers who have been in prison. The youth were able to leave prison on some conditions, like participating socio-educative activities like my theater workshop at this NGO. Most of them come from...
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