When a cow is more valuable than a human life

A week with far too many tragedies at a school in South Sudan By Gabe Hurrish In South Sudan, tragedy is never far from our doorstep. At our Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio, we frequently get news of a person related to our students who has died or been killed. These incidents are never easy. This past week we...
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Learning the art of slowing down

Abby Belt on her new ministry at a Catholic school in Haiti By Abby Belt Of the many beautiful things Haiti has taught me since opening her arms to me, the art of slowing down is for me a continuing lesson. I walk the same 1.5-mile route to the school where my ministry is taking shape, sometimes four times a...
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Time for art with Margarita!

Margarita Duran brings joy and beauty to refugee children in Brazil By Kathleen Maynard I have recently had the joy of accompanying Margarita Duran, a fellow lay missioner here in São Paulo, Brazil, to her ministry of teaching art to immigrant and refugee children. Last week I accompanied her to the homeless shelter Centro Social Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady...
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Sheltering lives from violence in El Salvador

Fleeing gang violence, internally displaced Salvadorans find a temporary safe haven By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds Nineteen-year-old Pablo has been in what he jokingly calls “this paradise” for 13 months. Together with his father, his 12-year-old brother and currently seven other people, he lives in a secret church-run shelter outside of San Salvador. Except for a few appointments related to their asylum applications,...
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, … no, it’s my superheroes

Claire Stewart reflects on the superpowers in her theater classroom  By Claire Stewart “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” —Christopher Reeve I am not sure how a child chooses their favorite superhero. It might be the person they can relate to the most or the one with the...
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Signs of hope

How lay missioners have assisted Cambodia’s Deaf community in building a better future Story and photos by Karen Bortvedt “I remember hiding in a ditch, with some tree limbs over us,” says Heang Samath. “There were four of us together. My parents, my older brother who was hearing, and me—the one deaf person. My parents told us we needed to...
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Musings from Musoma

Updates on vocational training for young women at risk, a home for children with disabilities and an uplifting celebration of International Women’s Day By Angelica Ruppe Greetings from Musoma, Tanzania. After a year of being here, I have learned that no matter where I go, I will be home and create a community where I feel supported and loved. I...
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Friendships that form us

Being a Maryknoll lay missioner has opened the door for transformative friendships  By Kathleen Maynard When people ask me “What is Maryknoll all about?”, I often describe friendship and formation as the two pillars of being a Maryknoll lay missioner. I find that forming friendships with people who are different from me has broadened my perspective in profound ways. Maryknoll...
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