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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The miracle of Pentecost

Communication lessons learned from the Deaf community in Cambodia By Karen Bortvedt “Can I come and visit your center? I want to meet other Deaf people. I am Deaf and visiting from …” started many of the emails I received while working at the Deaf Development Programme in Cambodia. As a naturally anxious person, I would sometimes think, “Oh no!...
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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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On a mission to restore justice

Joanne Blaney applies restorative justice to break cycles of urban and domestic violence   By Julie Bourbon Joanne Blaney realized a long time ago that justice sometimes has nothing to do with the judicial system. But this has not turned out to be a handicap in her work. In fact, as a Maryknoll lay missioner who works with victims and...
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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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Letter from El Paso

Heidi Cerneka reports on the latest from the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas By Heidi Cerneka El Paso is truly a unique place that has been in the news a lot lately. Despite all of our government’s talk of invading hordes of criminals, it remains one of the safest cities in the U.S. People still greet you on the street. The...
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