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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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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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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John O’Donoghue serving at Missionaries of Charity center in Cochabamba

John O’Donoghue is a Maryknoll lay missioner working and living in Cochabamba, Bolivia. At a center run by the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, John is helping men with disabilities, HIV and AIDS. This video was created by fellow Maryknoll lay missioner Sonny Nguyen. ...
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A canga special

Kathy Bond makes new friends in João Pessoa, Brazil. By Kathy Bond After eight years in São Paulo, our family recently returned to João Pessoa, a coastal capital at the most eastern point of the Americas, to reopen the presence of Maryknoll Lay Missioners here. In order to reconnect with partners and explore ministry possibilities, my husband, Flávio, and I are...
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All our children

Anne Berry 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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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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