The Day of the Dead in Latin America

There is a history of celebrations in most of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, the Aztec, Mexica, Maya, Purépecha, Nahua and Totonaca ethnic groups. The rituals that celebrate the life of the ancestors have been carried out in these civilizations for at least three thousand years. In the pre-Hispanic era, it was common to keep the skulls as trophies...
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Our Lady of the Rosary

The October 7th Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary by Marilyn Kott — Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Brazil “Joyful…sorrowful…luminous…glorious…” These adjectives describe the titles of the mysteries of Christ that we consider when praying the traditional rosary. The Joyful Mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesdays and Sundays. And the...
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Hope

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Hang Tran in Cambodia In 1990 the Missionaries of Charity started welcoming the abandoned and the sick in the capital of Phnom Penh, then later established other houses in Cham Chaov – an outskirt area of Phnom Penh and in Siem Riep – a northwest province near Thailand. 2015 marks the 25th year anniversary of...
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Betty the Survivor

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Judy Walter St Patrick’s Dispensary, where I work as a nurse in Mombasa, Kenya, offers an outreach clinic at Kiberani every other Friday. This location is to better serve a population located about four miles away from our regular clinic, and is held at the St Francis’ school where Maryknoll Lay Missioner Teresa Villaruz teaches...
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The Magic of Cultural Exchange

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Nancy Davies When serving in a foreign country, we as Maryknoll Lay Missioners are sensitive to respecting the culture of the local people. We are also open to learning about their customs and way of living. As I work here in Cambodia, I am surprised to find that the Cambodians are just as curious and...
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Piano Lessons

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Caitlin Reichelderfer When I skyped my mother to tell her that I was going to be teaching piano lessons she just started laughing. “But, you haven’t played piano in over 10 years,” she said still grinning, “and you’re not a teacher.” She was correct on both accounts. I had barely touched a piano since my...
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Melissa Altman featured in Manhattan College Magazine

With a masters degree from Manhattan College, Maryknoll Lay Missioner Melissa Altman is featured in the school’s magazine as an alumni working to be an “agent of change” through her mission service in El Salvador together with her family. The article contains quotes and descriptions that paint a vivid picture of the outreach Melissa and her family are engaged in through...
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Elevating Entrepreneurship & Nutrition with Soy Program in El Salvador

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Ann Greig: As the Soy Program that I have overseen for more than 20 years has developed over the years, we always look for natural ways it can evolve. Many times, this means playing ‘matchmaker,’ by inviting people to participate in Soy Program trainings or workshops, and helping to equip them to make and sell...
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Unexpected Babysitter for a Day

Written by Minh Nguyen I often remind myself to expect the unexpected. Things still hit me by surprise, sometimes to test my compassion level and/or my flexibility in shifting my priorities. This happened four days after the New Year, I received an urgent email from a Franciscan friend who does pastoral work at the San Sebastian Women’s prison. She mentioned...
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A Light Shed into Poverty: Kenya Ministry

Curt Klug together with his wife Anita, co-direct project H.O.P.E for the Diocese of Mombasa in Kenya as Maryknoll Lay Missioners. This ministry seeks to assure that no child orphaned by AIDS on the West and  North Coasts of Mombasa is deprived of basic education needs, as well as to enhance support for orphans and their guardian/family through a holistic...
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