Monthly Archives: May 2016

Fr. John Walsh, MM receives award from MKLM

fr john walsh plaque presentation

Fr. John Walsh, center. (L-R) Steve Chinnavaso (returned missioner), Margo Cambier (Director of Mission), Sam Stanton (Executive Director), Richard Ross, Nancy Davies, James Havey and Kim Fischer. Nancy, James, Kim, and Richard are Mission Integration Program participants.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners presented Fr. John J. Walsh, M.M. a plaque on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in appreciation of his more than 30 years of participation in giving workshops for the Orientation Program.  Due to health reasons, Fr. Walsh is no longer able to do the workshops.  Sam Stanton (Executive Director), Margo Cambier ( Director of Mission), Joanne Blaney (Head of the Mission Services Department), Debbie Northern (Training and Educational Programs Manager), and Mission Integration Program participants went over to St. Teresa’s, the nursing home residence for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, to present Fr. Walsh with the plaque.  We are indeed appreciative of Fr. Walsh’s great and long commitment to our Orientation Program!

St. Andrew the Apostle. Brooklyn, NY

Church Talk, May 28-29

1gfischerSpeaker: Greg Fischer MKLM

Location: 6713 Ridge BLVD,
Brooklyn, NY

Pastor: Rev. Gregory Stankus

Mass: Saturday at 5:00 pm
Sunday at 9:00, 11:00 am and 12:30 pm

Website: Click here

Bishop John McCarthy 60th year Ordination to the Priesthood.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners wants to give thanks to God for the ministry of Bishop John Edward McCarthy on the 60th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. Bishop John has often been referred to as the “mission bishop”. Throughout his priestly life and as bishop first as auxiliary in Houston and then as ordinary in Austin, TX he has been an articulate and tireless advocate of mission and the call of the laity to service and mission as a vocation. In recent years he has become a good friend of Maryknoll Lay Missioners and on the 30 of November 2011 he wrote a blog about Maryknoll Lay Missioners. You can read portrait-mccarthythe blog by clicking here.

Let us together give thanks for the life of this Valiant pastor and friend. Happy Anniversary Bishop John!

St. Christopher. Tiverton, RI

Church Talk, May 21 – 22

ecambierSpeaker: Erik Cambier MKLM

Location: 1554 Main Rd,
Tiverton, RI

Pastor: Rev. Przemyslaw Lepak

Mass: Sunday at 9:30 am

Website: Click here

St. Theresa. Tiverton, RI

Church Talk, May 21 – 22

ecambierSpeaker: Erik Cambier MKLM

Location: 265 Stafford Rd,
Tiverton, RI

Pastor: Rev. Przemyslaw Lepak

Mass: Saturday at 5:00 pm
Sunday at 8:00 and 11:00 am

Website: Click here

Learn about Maryknoll Lay Missioners Gathering: Raleigh, NC

 Thursday, May 19, 6:30pm-8:00pm

 Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Monica Center
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Who:  Anyone with an interest in learning about mission service and immersion opportunities through Maryknoll Lay Missioners.  Maryknoll Lay Missioners provides opportunities for US Catholics to serve in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Contact: Lindsay Doucette at 1-800-818-5276, email: for more information or to RSVP.

What: Presentation, Q&A + Pizza, salad and drinks provided!


Most Precious Blood. Brooklyn, NY

Church Talk, May 7 – 8

Blaneyj80Speaker: Joanne Blaney  MKLM

Location: 70 Bay 47th Street,
Brooklyn, NY

Pastor: Rev. John Maduri

Mass: Saturday at 5:00 pm
Sunday at 7:30, 9:30, 10:45 am and 12:00 noon

Website: Click here

Learn about mission with Maryknoll Lay Missioners Dinner, Washington, D.C

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 6:30PM

Who:  Anyone interested in learning about mission and Maryknoll Lay Missioners + Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners and Maryknoll Affiliates in the DC area

What: This event includes dinner, sharing from current and returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners who served in Cambodia, Brazil, Venezuela and other countries, information on the application process, and update from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and opportunities to get involved in mission domestically and internationally.

Where: 1233 10th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Hosted by: Maryknoll Lay Missioners and Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns
RSVP: Lindsay Doucette at 1-800-818-5276, email:


Brazilian Closeness

written by Jim Kott, Maryknoll Lay Missioner serving in Brazil

All I wanted to do was get home and take a shower.

After spending a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon outside at a small health fair on the periphery of Sao Paulo, I was tired. The day began with a two hour walk/train/bus ride to the outer edges of the city. The neighborhood health fair my Maryknoll Lay Missioner colleagues and I helped support was an amazing experience. The health fair was organized by a group of Catholic nuns who themselves are missioners. One of our “Maryknollers” provided holistic healing in the form of acupuncture and reiki to the locals. The health fair also incorporated massage, music, health foods, plants, and hand crafts into the program. Overall it was one of many wonderful missioner experiences we have had in our first three months in mission.

But now it was time to return home…and I was not looking forward to another two-hour trip. After surviving the first 90 minutes on two different Sao Paulo busses (I will have to Blog about buses here some other time), I entered the metro train feeling exhausted, hot, and rumpled; I must have looked it too.

As I stepped onto the train, I spotted one open seat next to a middle-aged Brazilian woman who looked like she had just finished her own shopping for the day and was headed home too. She had dark brown hair and skin and could have been the age of an older mother or a young grandmother…it was hard to tell. As I sat down we exchanged glances and she looked at me like she knew I was not from “around here.” I used the customary “Tudo Bem” in my American accent and she smiled and replied “Tudo.”

The metro train moved and the homestretch began; I would soon be in our apartment close to the city center. As I looked over at my newest Brazilian friend sitting next to me she pulled out a small bottle of Coke from her shopping bag and opened it. She then unwrapped a small straw, placed the straw in the bottle, and handed the bottle to me. My eyes must have opened up wide because she gave me a small smile as I took the bottle and drank. Brazilians are know for their closeness, even with strangers, and this was a delicious example.

We chatted for a while in my broken Portuguese and I gave her the half-finished bottle back and and she drank too. It is not uncommon in Brazil to share in this way.  As I approached my stop, I got up, thanked her for the drink, and gave her a light kiss on the cheek in normal Brazilian fashion. She graciously accepted the kiss, smiled and said “Tchau.”

The Brazilian people are known for their closeness. As a new Maryknoll Lay Missioner in this exciting country, it has taken me a while to adjust to this closeness and realize one has to adjust to much less personal space in Brazil. That train ride and my friend may have finally helped me to shrink the personal space bubble around me.

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