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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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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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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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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Maryknoll lay missioners in El Salvador

Maryknoll lay missioners in El Salvador accompany internally displaced refugees, homeless persons and people in economically poor squatters’ communities. They work in education, youth services, parish outreach, economic empowerment, nutrition, agriculture and environmental concerns. In this video, they talk about their lives and ministries in a country that continues to experience an epidemic of gang-related violence, while also celebrating life...
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Grandma’s faith

Learning life lessons from Cambodia’s elders By Hang Tran There are a few fishing communities along the Basaac River. Depending on traffic, it takes about an hour by car from Phnom Penh to the vicinity, then another 10 to 15 minutes by boat to cross the river to reach the other shore. In one of these communities, about five years...
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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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Plastic bottles, organic crops and sharing life’s journey

Lay missioner Peg Vámosy reflects on her life and ministry in El Salvador  By Peg Vámosy I have now been a Maryknoll lay missioner for 10 years, and I still love what I do! I continue working on agricultural and environmental issues in the rural parish of Monte San Juan, about an hour outside of San Salvador, and continue to...
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A thank you from a prison in Brazil

Maryknoll lay missioner Marilyn Kott recently shared a beautiful thank-you letter she had received from a man named Kingsley, who is incarcerated in the Itaí prison for foreigners in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.  When a priest and a sister from the São Paulo archdiocesan office for prison ministry visited the inmates at Itaí last October, they took a...
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