All our children

Lay missioner reflects on the Tanzanian value of extending compassion and care beyond the nuclear family By Dr. Anne Berry I listened as Mama Catherine, the experienced and capable operating room nurse, discussed cancer of the cervix with our next client. She explained to the middle-aged woman sitting in a wooden chair in our small cervical cancer screening room that...
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‘Joining hands’ to end human trafficking

In Cambodia, Lay Missioner James Havey and the Chab Dai Coalition fight human trafficking and empower its survivors By Carolyn Trumble Lita carefully traces daisies on the cake she is preparing for her client in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is grateful for the work she has and the skill she has gained as a pastry chef. But her life has...
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Plastic bottles, organic crops and sharing life’s journey

Lay missioner Peg Vámosy reflects on her life and ministry in El Salvador  By Peg Vámosy I have now been a Maryknoll lay missioner for 10 years, and I still love what I do! I continue working on agricultural and environmental issues in the rural parish of Monte San Juan, about an hour outside of San Salvador, and continue to...
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A thank you from a prison in Brazil

Maryknoll lay missioner Marilyn Kott recently shared a beautiful thank-you letter she had received from a man named Kingsley, who is incarcerated in the Itaí prison for foreigners in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.  When a priest and a sister from the São Paulo archdiocesan office for prison ministry visited the inmates at Itaí last October, they took a...
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Wake up, little baby God, and hear our cry!

This year’s Christmas card from Maryknoll Lay Missioners connects the Nativity story with the plight of refugees worldwide. This African depiction of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt reminds us that Jesus came into this world as a displaced person in Bethlehem, and that only days later, in order to escape from a murderous tyrant, his family had to flee...
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Pig skins help health project expand

Seeds planted by Maryknoll lay missioners 40 years ago continue to bear fruit.   By Liz Desimone (MKLM Class of 1977-Guatemala) In 1977 Fay Hauer and I traveled to Guatemala to answer a call from the late Maryknoll Father Mo Healy to begin a health promoter training program in the Petén jungle. Other programs existed in the country, set up...
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Returned lay missioner Jim McLaughlin honored by Cambodian government

Medal honors Jim’s contributions to Cambodia’s health care PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — On Nov. 16, Jim McLaughlin, a returned Maryknoll lay missioner who served in Bolivia and Cambodia, received a medal from the Government of Cambodia for creating the bacteriological media lab to provide agar plates for provincial hospital labs and for helping to improve the health care of the...
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Lay Missioner serves people with HIV in Kenya

Coralis Salvador gives HOPE in Mombasa  By Sean Sprague Coralis Salvador quotes part of a homily a Kenyan priest gave many years ago: “We are the body of Mary and we give birth to Jesus … not by words but by how we relate to one another.” That message, she says, has kept her on the path she has traveled...
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Maryknoll magazine remembers the late Mary D’Arcy

For 28 years, Mary D’Arcy served MKLM as staff psychologist. By Deirdre Cornell Among the many gifts Mary D’Arcy shared with her beloved Maryknoll family was her remarkable ability to be present. “When Mary sat down with you, it was as if you were the only person she had ever worked with, or even the only one in the world,”...
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