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...
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Understanding the African Culture

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Richard Ross At the Lubango Center where I work, in the hills of Mwanza, Tanzania, I try to help keep the complex clean. Most of the garbage we generate is burned; there are not many, if any, garbage collection services. Now Tanzania does use marabou storks to process garbage by cleaning areas via their ingestion...
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Piano Lessons

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Caitlin Reichelderfer When I skyped my mother to tell her that I was going to be teaching piano lessons she just started laughing. “But, you haven’t played piano in over 10 years,” she said still grinning, “and you’re not a teacher.” She was correct on both accounts. I had barely touched a piano since my...
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Melissa Altman featured in Manhattan College Magazine

With a masters degree from Manhattan College, Maryknoll Lay Missioner Melissa Altman is featured in the school’s magazine as an alumni working to be an “agent of change” through her mission service in El Salvador together with her family. The article contains quotes and descriptions that paint a vivid picture of the outreach Melissa and her family are engaged in through...
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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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Seizures: Curse or Disease?

By Maryknoll Lay Missioner Judy Walter Hamida is a 10 year old girl living in the slum of Bangladesh on the outskirts of Mombasa, Kenya.  Because of a seizure disorder, her mother never sent her to school, wanting to protect her from the shame and embarrassment of having a seizure in front of classmates. In Kenya and many other countries...
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Elevating Entrepreneurship & Nutrition with Soy Program in El Salvador

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Ann Greig: As the Soy Program that I have overseen for more than 20 years has developed over the years, we always look for natural ways it can evolve. Many times, this means playing ‘matchmaker,’ by inviting people to participate in Soy Program trainings or workshops, and helping to equip them to make and sell...
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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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