Monthly Archives: June 2015

St. Boniface. Stewart, MN

Church Talk, June 27 and 28


Speaker: Maria Montello MKLMmmontello

Location: 551 Main St,
Stewart, MN

Pastor: Rev. Gerald S. Meidl

Masses: Sunday 8:30am

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St. Anastasia. Hutchinson, MN

Church Talk, June 27 and 28


Speaker: Maria Montello MKLMmmontello

Location: 460 Lake St SW,
Hutchinson, MN

Pastor: Rev. Gerald S. Meidl

Masses: Saturday 4:30pm
Sunday 10:30am

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St. Anthony of Padua. Westbrook, ME

Church Talk, June 27 and 28


Speaker:  Debbie Northern MKLMdebbie 80x80

Location: 268 Brown St,
Westbrook, ME

Pastor: Msgr. Joseph Ford

Masses: Saturday 4:00pm
Sunday 9:00am

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Seizures: Curse or Disease?

By Maryknoll Lay Missioner Judy Walter

Hamida is a 10 year old girl living in the slum of Bangladesh on the outskirts of Mombasa, Kenya.  Because of a seizure disorder, her mother never sent her to school, wanting to protect her from the shame and embarrassment of having a seizure in front of classmates.

In Kenya and many other countries in Africa, there exists a common belief that seizures are the result of a curse or witchcraft, and the person can bear the stigma of that belief their whole life. But Hamida wanted to go to school, and persisted in her demands until her mother, Furaha, finally went to the Head Teacher at the Catholic school and told her the story of Hamida’s “curse.” The Head Teacher advised Furaha to take Hamida to St Patrick’s Dispensary where she could get medicine for her daughter’s illness.

Judy congratulates Hamida and Furaha on a seizure-free report, during a follow-up visit mother and daughter made to St. Patrick’s Dispensary.

Furaha didn’t really believe the Head Teacher, but to appease Hamida’s demands to go to school, she brought her daughter to the Dispensary. This Dispensary is a ministry of St. Patrick’s Parish founded by the St. Patrick Fathers Mission Society in the heart of Bangladesh. Maryknoll Lay Missioners work with these Priests in providing Health Care to the residents of Bangladesh.

Hamida was diagnosed in our dispensary with a seizure disorder that could be well-controlled with medication. This was her ticket to education, and Hamida was thrilled. Furaha, however, remained skeptical, but was counseled on the importance and necessity of giving her daughter the medicine every day, which she did faithfully. Within a few weeks of starting the medication, the seizures stopped. That is until she paid a visit to Grandma’s home “upcountry “during the short school break.

Grandma just could not believe that a curse could be cured with pills, and threw out the medicine. The seizures returned and were uncontrollable until Hamida again received the medicine that allows her to live a normal life. It was this situation which caused Furaha’s to change her mind.  She saw the difference the medication made in her daughter’s life, and now Furaha is the one in the slum who is the first to tell neighbors and friends that seizures are not a curse, but a disease that can be well-managed with medication.

St. Jude’s. Cincinnati, OH

Church Talk, June 20 and 21


Speaker: Kip Hargrave (Returned MKLM)Kip Hargrove

Location: 5924 Bridgetown Rd,
Cincinnati, OH

Pastor: Rev. Michael Hay

Masses: Saturday 4:30pm
Sunday 8:30 and 11:00am

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St. Mary Magdalen. St. Louis MO

Church Talk, June 20 and 21


Speaker: Heidi Cerneka (Returned MKLM)Heidi

Location: 2618 Brentwood Blvd,
St. Louis, MO

Pastor: Fr. John S. Siefert

Masses: Saturday 4:30pm
Sunday 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30am

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Elevating Entrepreneurship & Nutrition with Soy Program in El Salvador

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Ann Greig:

As the Soy Program that I have overseen for more than 20 years has developed over the years, we always look for natural ways it can evolve. Many times, this means playing ‘matchmaker,’ by inviting people to participate in Soy Program trainings or workshops, and helping to equip them to make and sell soy milk and soy project for income. The communities who then receive these goods also have the benefit of a more well-rounded diet.

Between 2010 and 2011, our Soy Program began a collaborative training program in soy / nutrition education with a woman who has been a longtime force in the community, Peggy Gregson MPH, RDN and LD. Peggy had been coordinating a bakery project since 2005 with a group of women in Bajo Lempa, about 1½ hours outside of San Salvador. In 2010, the bakery contributed at a Gastronomical Festival in conjunction with the National University, collaborating with the making of soy recipes and how to utilize fruits in the making of marmalades.

When I saw how organized these women were, but lacking anyone to help them with technical assistance of soy preparation, I suggested that the Soy Program of San Ramon assist them with workshops. I also played ‘matchmaker’ in helping to seek funding from the World Initiative for Soy for Human Health (WISHH), which ultimately offered financial support that enabled us to hold Soy Workshops in marginal areas.

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Group of Paticipants from Bajo Lempa enrolled is Soy Workshops

Bajo Lempa was one of the locations I selected for these workshops. The Soy Team and a Nutrition Professor from the National University, Josefina Sibrian, have so far completed four workshops there, and we are extremely thankful for WISHH’s funding.

One of the women in the Bajo Lempa group is Señora Irma Peerz, whose dedication and organizational skills are of a tremendous help. Her goal is to produce soymilk and soy products to sell for income. Presently Irma washes and irons clothes for a steady income, but would like to dedicate more of her time in the bakery. She thanks us each time we come out and said, “I am going to make and sell these soy products.”

soy 1As shown in the photo, Irma has two daughters, Gabriela – 20, Yanette –10 and son Mateo – 3 years old. Yanette was still in her mother’s womb when her father died of cancer. Irma’s oldest daughter Gabriela’s dream is to attend university and study medicine. Presently, she is in her second year of high school. She wishes to become a pediatrician and I know she would become a wonderful and gifted physician. Already, Yanette has a deep compassion for others, while Mateo is the little serious man of the family.

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Irma grinding corn to prepare corn-soy tamales

Señora Irma is dedicated to her community; besides her own children, she also takes care of two neglected girls (Michele and Yeni) who were identified as being malnourished several years ago before Irma took them in. El Cuenco, a DC-based NGO, helps with some funds so that these two girls can attend school. Gabriela has also taken them under her wing, making sure that they receive plenty of love and care.

I am moved by the courage and persistence shown by Irma and others like her who participate in our Soy Program workshops. I pray that Irma is able to begin a small business to support her family and help her daughter Gabriela attend the university.

St. Monica/St. Luke. Gary IN

Invitational June 15


Speaker: Dee Dungy MKLMddungy

Location: 645 Rhode Island St,
Gary, IN

Pastor: Rev. Mick Kopil

Masses: Will speak on Monday by invitation from Parish Life Director Michael Cummings


Holy Cross, Atlanta GA

Invitational Church Talk, June 13 and 14


Speaker: Maria Montello MKLMmmontello

Location: 3773 Chamblee Tucker Rd,
Atlanta, GA

Pastor: Rev. Jude Michael Krill

Masses: Saturday 5:00 and 6:30pm
Sunday 9:00, 11:30am and 1:15pm

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St. Anthony. Knoxville, IA

Church Talk, June 13 and 14ddungy

Speaker: Dee Dungy MKLM

Location: 1202 Woodland Dr,
Knoxville, IA

Pastor: Rev. Jacob M. Greiner

Masses: Saturday 4:00pm
Sunday 10:30am

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