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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A play for peace

As the U.S. announces a plan to stop aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, Maryknoll missioners like Larry Parr work to address the root causes of emigration By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds Halfway up the back slope of San Salvador Volcano, César Hernández wakes up at 4 a.m. and leaves his family’s home on a coffee plantation at 5. He makes the...
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‘Signing your name in the book of poverty’

Gabe Hurrish reflects on the immense challenges facing teachers—and students—in South Sudan By Gabe Hurrish According to report issued by the United Nations in February 2019, South Sudan has the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world. There are more than 2.2 million school-aged children in South Sudan who are not attending classes. Either no schools exist or the...
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A new lease on life high up in the Andes

By Joe Loney Here in Bolivia we enjoy lots of sunshine, but the sun simply does not truly shine equally for everyone. Doña Evarista is a mother of six children and needs some sunshine. She and her husband were subsistence farmers when we met them last year at their home in Sachacaymane, Tacopaya. Their main crop has been potatoes. Last...
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