Tag Archives: Brazil

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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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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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 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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Joanne Blaney on popular education and restorative justice in Brazil

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Joanne Blaney talks about her work in popular education and restorative justice. At the Popular Education and Human Rights Center in São Paulo, Brazil, Joanne works with vulnerable and marginalized populations, including homeless and incarcerated women and men. Joanne and her Brazilian teammates also train educators, community leaders and church groups in restorative justice practices and violence...
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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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São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Immersion

Bem-vindo, Bem-vinda! – Welcome to Brazil! June 8 – 17, 2018 Deadline for Sign Ups: February 8, 2018 Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Brazil invites you to visit their ministries that focus on meeting basic needs and working to create a more just world. We are particularly focused on the people who live on the margins of Brazilian society including, but...
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“Faces of Migration” photoblog attracts attention in Brazil

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Greg Fischer serves in mission in Brazil with Missão Paz, a center for migrants and immigrants where he works to ensure basic human rights are respected and protected, while also assisting these migrants with basic services, work placement, housing and other needs. Greg has been working on a special project with Missão Paz, to address the lack of education on migrant...
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Finding Alternatives to Violence: Reaching Youth in Brazil

Written by Flávio José Rocha da Silva, This past January, I was invited by the NGO GAIA to facilitate a short workshop on Theater of the Oppressed for teenagers who have been in prison. The youth were able to leave prison on some conditions, like participating socio-educative activities like my theater workshop at this NGO. Most of them come from...
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