Monthly Archives: March 2014

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 of these experience take over my day or attitude so I had been praying for creative nonviolent responses to rude and vulgar greetings and comments.

In Mombasa a common greeting to other Catholics is “Tumsifu Yesu Kristu” (Praise to Jesus Christ) and the common response is “Milele na milele amina” (forever and ever Amen).  So on my way to work one day I received a typical rude greeting from one of the motorcycle drivers sitting on the side of the road. Instead of ignoring the comment I smiled as best I could and shouted “Tumsifu Yesu Kristu.”  He paused a minute (I think confused) and then responded with a smile “Aleluia!”  So that day instead of brewing over the daily frustration, I laughed and realized creativity and prayer together can help us find another way. This was ministry to self and ministry to other wrapped up in one creative greeting.

Gonzaga names jurors for Opus Prize nominees

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University, chosen to host the 2014 Opus Prize, one the world’s most prestigious faith-based humanitarian honors, has selected 15 distinguished jurors who will meet at Gonzaga this month to narrow the list of nominees for the award to three finalists and one alternate.

Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner Marj Humphrey has been chosen as one of the jurors to narrow the list of nominees.

Gonzaga will welcome prize finalists to campus Oct. 12-16 for a series of events designed to inspire the region. The Opus Foundation will select the primary award winner by late summer based, in part, on the judgment of GU students, faculty and staff who will have participated in vetting trips to the work sites of the finalists.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s major honors for faith-based humanitarian initiatives, the annual award supports the work of one of these “unsung heroes” with a $1 million award and the efforts of the other two finalists with $100,000 each. Opportunities for the Gonzaga and Spokane communities to learn with and from the three Opus Prize finalists begin Oct.14 and include classroom discussions and open presentations, concluding with a public awards ceremony Oct. 16 at Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox.

Gonzaga expects the finalists’ narratives of “faith that does justice” to propel the campus community and residents of the Inland Northwest toward greater awareness and support of social justice work worldwide.

Michael Herzog, professor of English and chief of staff to Gonzaga’s president, has assumed responsibility for the project.

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress

Anaheim Convention Center – Booth #348

March 14 – 16, 2014

Come by and chat with us about becoming a Maryknoll Lay Missioner.

Pick up our promotional material, and a  great DVD will be available to bring you to those places overseas where our Missioners make God’s love possible.

If you need more information please contact:

Alma L. Garcia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1-888-818-5276

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