Monthly Archives: September 2013

St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Louis MO

Church Talk

SIMON_002Speaker: Vicki Simon (Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner)

Location: 1118 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis MO
Pastor: Rev. Richard Potts CSSR
Masses: Sunday at 8:15 and 11:00am


Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown IL

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Speaker: Rev William Vos (Chair MKLM)

Location: 8925 S. Kostner Ave, Hometown IL
Pastor: Rev Thomas S. Cabala
Masses: September 28 at 5:00pm
Sunday 29 at 8:30 and 11:15 am

San Juan de los Lagos. San Antonio TX

Church Talk

ESPINOZA2011_002Speaker: Cecilia Espinoza (Maryknoll Lay Missioner)

Location: 3231 El Paso St, San Antonio TX
Pastor: Rev Richard Hall, OMI
Masses: Saturday 21 at 5:00pm in Spanish
Sunday 22 at 8:00 & 10:00am in Spanish and 12:00pm in English

St. Monica, Converse TX

Executive Director of Maryknoll Lay Missioners MKLM Sam StantonChurch Talk

Speaker: Sam Stanton (Executive Director MKLM)

Location: 501 N Street, Converse TX
Pastor: Rev Alejandro Del Bosque
Masses: Saturday 21 at 5:30pm in English
Sunday 22 at 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 am & 5:30pm in English
at 1:00pm in Spanish


Maryknoll Lay Missioners Presentation

SAM&CECILIA_SAN-ANTONIO-2011Speakers: Sam Stanton (Executive Director MKLM) and Cecilia Espinoza (Friends Across Borders)

September 20, 2013 at 6 PM

Host: Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner Virginia Burns and Jose Luis Yantas
Address: 1939 Walter Raleigh, San Antonio, TX 78239.

Phone to RSVP: 914-762-6364 ext. 207 (Cecilia)
E-mail to RSVP:

Little House on the Hilltop

By: Chris Reid.

If you are a regular reader of our quarterly newsletters, you may remember our brief story on Paulina, a woman with whom we are acquainted through Chris’s caregiver support group, Chanua. Paulina has no formal income or education and scrounges for the little money she has to support her family. She has 6 children one of which was born this summer. Of her 3 school-aged children, only one has ever attended school. She is married, but by default she is a single mother, as her husband simply disappears for months at a time. After falling many months behind on her rent (for a tiny house overcrowded with her landlord belongings), the family was forced to move into a single-room “home” the size of a storage shack.

There are many women that we encounter who live in very similar and difficult circumstances, but Paulina’s situation was particularly dire to us. Katie and I, along with my Capacitor coworkers, decided to take a more active role in assisting this family and help with the construction of a small house for Paulina and her family (two of her older kids attend my twice a month children’s group).

Pic2Despite her daily struggles, Paulina had luckily managed to purchase a small plot of land far up on the side of a rocky hill. After meeting with a fundi (a builder), we determined what our group could contribute to help at this time. Even with the low cost of local materials and the cheap cost of labor, the total added up to a significant amount (several hundred dollars). So we decided at this time we couldn’t build the whole house, but we could at least build half, which basically meant just one room. Katie and I contributed about a third of the building costs from our mission account donations (the remaining costs were provided by my coworkers).

Pic3The construction went well and quickly. The fundi had it built in just one week! So Sr. Genie and I made the trek up to the plot to see the house. Mwanza is a crowded area and growing daily. For those seeking land, the options are often limited especially for those who don’t have the ability to “shop around” and spend a lot to get a plot. The house is built on the rocky top of a steep hill- a hill that is already covered with other small shacks and houses. There are no formal roads to reach it. You either climb up the steep hill, scurrying over the rocks, our you take a daladala (a local bus) to an area called Buzariga and then either walk in or take a pikipiki (a motorcycle). We had to meet the fundi to guide us in because we couldn’t find the plot on our own, and then we each opted for a pikipiki and rode in to the spot.


Truly, the home is small- a single room with no toilet. You may be surprised to see how basic this home is. Remember, there are SEVEN people living in this room. (I myself was surprised at how small the house ultimately was), but this type of housing arrangement is not unusual for the poor in Mwanza. And maybe it’s tiny, but Paulina is now a homeowner, which puts her in a better position than many others in her circumstances.


Paulina stands with the builder (and her 3-day old newborn) at the new house.


The view from the house.


The above picture is a view of the house from the ground. As you can see, the house is located way up on a hill. this picture doesn’t adequately convey the hike it takes to get up the hill. When we had previously visited the spot before construction began, it took us about 20 minutes of climbing to reach it. To grasp the inequality that exists in Mwanza, compare Paulina’s house to the house in the foreground.

The family moved the week after it was completed, and the week after Paulina’s new baby was born. I can’t say their life is not hard, but perhaps it is a little easier now that Paulina will not have to worry about paying rent. There is space to build an additional room for the house, so hopefully in the future we can help make this happen. Katie and I are grateful for the financial support we get from our donors! It was the support of our donors that made this possible.


Maryknoll Lay Missioners Presentation

SAM&CECILIA_SAN-ANTONIO-2011Speakers: Sam Stanton (Executive Director MKLM) and Cecilia Espinoza (Friends Across Borders)

September 14, 2013 from 9:30 am to 12:30 noon

Host: Maryknoll Affiliates of North Texas
Address: house of Jason and Felicia Gehrig, Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners, 2336 Marigold Ave., Fort Worth 76111 (just NE of downtown).

Phone to RSVP: 817-229-6263 (Felicia)
E-mail to RSVP:

Holy Angels, Clifton TX

ESPINOZA2011_002Church Talk

Speaker: Cecilia Espinoza (Maryknoll Lay Missioner)

Pastor: Rev. Tom Kenned
Location: Holy Angels, 1915 W. 5th st., Clifton TX
Masses: Saturday Sept 14 at 5:30pm
Sunday Sept 15 at 8:45 and 11:00am

Location: Our Lady of Guadalupe, 304 Charles St., Morgan TX
Mass: September 15 at 12:45pm (Spanish)


St. Mary Magdalen, Kentwood MI

LA_ElSalvador_TyroltChurch Talk

Speaker: Nan Tyrolt (Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner)

Location: 1213 – 52nd St. SE, Kentwood MI
Pastor: Rev. Godfrey C Onyekwere
Masses: Saturday at 5:00pm
Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00am


Most Blessed Sacrament. Arlington TX

Executive Director of Maryknoll Lay Missioners MKLM Sam StantonChurch Date

Speaker: Sam Stanton (Executive Director MKLM)

Location: 2100 N. Davis Dr, Arlington TX
Pastor: Rev. Msgr. Joseph S. Scantlin
Masses: Saturday 14 at 5:00pm
Sunday 15 at 8:00, 10:00 and 11:30am


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