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Unto Us A Child Is Given

By Maryknoll Lay Missioner Joanne Miya It was the day before we would close for the Christmas Holiday. Deo, a husband and father, who is HIV positive and the leader of his village’s support group, came to our office with a child to be registered. With him was Janet. It was hard to believe that she was already ten years...
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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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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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St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center

St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center by Russ Brine Maryknoll Lay Missioner Russ Brine recounts the story of a young girl in the slums in Northern Kenya. “I have served as the Project Manager of the St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Centre in Kenya since 2005.  This is a project of the local church and my colleagues are Kenyan teachers and social...
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Bolivia and My Road to Emmaus

by Joe Loney Just a few weeks ago the Sunday Gospel told us the story of the disciples unknowingly meeting the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  I would like to tell you about my own road to Emmaus. Early one Friday morning I journeyed by bus from my home in Cochabamba, Bolivia to a village called Sipe Sipe,...
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Teaching new Catechists at Santa Terezinha Parish

Catherine Heinhold, Maryknoll lay missioner presently serving in Sao Paulo has these words to share about one of her ministries in Brazil. The training course for new catechists that I give meets in the choir loft of the main church of my parish, Santa Terezinha. Men, women, and teenagers take two hours out of their very busy Saturday for eight...
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A day in the life of a Lay Missioner

As a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya, one of the biggest frustrations as a lay woman is the constant harassment of men as I walk to and from work or use public transportation. To live out our Christian values takes a lot of creativity and patience sometimes. Now in my second contract, I would prefer not to allow the anger and frustration...
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My encounter with Antonia

My encounter with Antonia (Minh Nguyen) “Would you buy my knitted jacket, please?” The woman prisoner in her late 60 looked at me begging while she continued knitting. Our eyes met. My curiosity urged me to find out more about why someone wanted to sell something she was still working on. I was the last visitor leaving the prison before...
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