Tag Archives: prison ministry

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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Prison Ministry Mission Story

Written by Catherine Heinhold Part of my prison ministry work is making phone calls for the inmates to their loved ones. Most prisons in Brazil do not have payphones, and possessing a cell phone can have serious negative consequences. Some inmates write and receive letters, but many don’t have access to pen, paper, envelopes or stamps – or simply are...
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O SÃO PAULO interview with Heidi Cerneka

Before departing Brazil to return to the States for law school this past June, returned missioner Heidi Cerneka was profiled by O SÃO PAULO, a Brazilian newspaper. The interview, titled “Fighting without losing hope and tenacity,” is published here both in its original Portuguese and with an English translation. Throughout the Q&A, Heidi recounts her experiences in mission and relates the accomplishments...
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For When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

“For when I am weak, then I am strong. “ – 2 Cor 12:10 When we first moved to Kenya in 2003 I remember a Maryknoll priest once telling me that our failures and inadequacies are perhaps the greatest gift we have to offer. He spoke about how meaningful it can be to others, who are often grappling with poverty,...
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