Who is my neighbor?

Christine Bodewes, a former Markynoll lay missioner in Kenya, reflects on learning the lesson of the parable of the Good Samaritan. By Christine Bodewes Today’s Gospel calls on us to treat our neighbor as our self – it is one of the most challenging Gospels for me. It asks us to think deeply about who exactly is our neighbor. We know...
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Strengthening bonding through baby massages

In Brazil, Kathy Bond teaches Shantala baby massage to women in marginalized communities. By Kathy Bond I recently had the privilege of giving a Shantala baby massage workshop to 16 women and four public health workers in a clinic in an economically marginalized community. There are so many benefits for babies who receive Shantala on a daily basis, including motor...
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Working together to be good Samaritans

Francisco and the call of the Gospel By Joe Loney Francisco Ayala is a man who reminds our Maryknoll Lay Missioners community in Bolivia that we must constantly be prepared to answer God´s call to creatively work together to achieve inclusive, social justice. Francisco is from the small town named Entre Ríos, located in the tropical area of Cochabamba, Bolivia. As...
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A Via Crucis of hope for El Salvador’s youth

Walking the Stations of the Cross in Santa Leonor and La Esperanza By Rick Dixon In front of her home, Iris, a single mother of two teenagers, assembles a small altar. On it, she places an image of Jesus with his hands tied, a candle, and bouquets of deep purple bougainvilleas. We are at the first Station of the Cross—Jesus...
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Cathy Breen and Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds to receive Spirit of Mission Award

Maryknoll Lay Missioners is proud to announce the creation of the new Bishop McCarthy Spirit of Mission Award, which will be conferred on lay missioners who exemplify an outstanding dedication to the spirit of mission after their return to the United States from their overseas mission commitments. The award will be given on Aug. 3, 2019 during Maryknoll Lay Missioners’...
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Holy Trinity Sunday: Always connected to profound love

Ted Miles reflects on the power of love to heal our broken relationships and bind us together as God created us to be. By Ted Miles In 2010, during my first visit to Bolivia, I had the privilege of meeting Sister Doris Huertas, founder of a refuge for young men living on the streets of El Alto, a rapidly growing...
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Papaya pause

Interrupted again! Who keeps disturbing the focus of our gathering? By Kathy Bond During a recent gathering with women at the Garden of Hope Center in the northeastern Brazilian city of Bayeux, Dona Cleide arrived late and began greeting some of the women near her place on the blue judo mats.  I gently remarked to the group that it was...
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Welcome to the Cave of Elijah

At the Lake House of Prayer in Tanzania, Judy Walter helps to provide a sacred space for prayer and contemplation By Judy Walter At our Lake House of Prayer in Mwanza, Tanzania, one of the things we offer to our neighbors who come often to pray with us is a sacred space within which people can feel free to express...
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