Tag Archives: bolivia

Report from Rosario

By Hiep Vu and Tawny Thanh  In June, the church commemorated Corpus Christi, the feast of “The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.” In order to participate in the street processions, everyone from our small village had to travel to the bigger town to commemorate how God is with us through the blessed sacrament. A week earlier we celebrated the...
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Working together to be good Samaritans

Francisco and the call of the Gospel By Joe Loney Francisco Ayala is a man who reminds our Maryknoll Lay Missioners community in Bolivia that we must constantly be prepared to answer God´s call to creatively work together to achieve inclusive, social justice. Francisco is from the small town named Entre Ríos, located in the tropical area of Cochabamba, Bolivia. As...
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A new lease on life high up in the Andes

By Joe Loney Here in Bolivia we enjoy lots of sunshine, but the sun simply does not truly shine equally for everyone. Doña Evarista is a mother of six children and needs some sunshine. She and her husband were subsistence farmers when we met them last year at their home in Sachacaymane, Tacopaya. Their main crop has been potatoes. Last...
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A true gift

Maria Montello publishes children’s book in Cambodia In an effort to raise consciousness in Cambodia about the gifts of children with disabilities, Maria Montello has translated and published a story she wrote some time ago called The Gift. It is beautifully illustrated with watercolors by Cambodian Huyno El and was published in both Khmer and English by Jesuit Service Cambodia....
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Whoever has ears, let them hear

Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Bolivia use the 6 Rs to give the gift of hearing. By Joe Loney Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Bolivia COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — When I was in grade school, I recall that the three Rs were reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. When my children were in grade school, they taught me that the three Rs were reduce, reuse and...
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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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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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Preventative Health Care in Bolivia

By Lexie Adams Stress is all around us and in us. That’s what I am noticing here too in Bolivia, it’s all over the world. It manifests itself in many ways, many of which are negative: from violence to depression, from hectically scrambling around to lack of patience, from feeling physically sick to verbally bringing down others. How do we...
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