Tag Archives: Maryknoll Lay Missioners

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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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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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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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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When a cow is more valuable than a human life

A week with far too many tragedies at a school in South Sudan By Gabe Hurrish In South Sudan, tragedy is never far from our doorstep. At our Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio, we frequently get news of a person related to our students who has died or been killed. These incidents are never easy. This past week we...
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Learning the art of slowing down

Abby Belt on her new ministry at a Catholic school in Haiti By Abby Belt Of the many beautiful things Haiti has taught me since opening her arms to me, the art of slowing down is for me a continuing lesson. I walk the same 1.5-mile route to the school where my ministry is taking shape, sometimes four times a...
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Time for art with Margarita!

Margarita Duran brings joy and beauty to refugee children in Brazil By Kathleen Maynard I have recently had the joy of accompanying Margarita Duran, a fellow lay missioner here in São Paulo, Brazil, to her ministry of teaching art to immigrant and refugee children. Last week I accompanied her to the homeless shelter Centro Social Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady...
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Blogging from Baraki

New missioner Sam Janson is getting immersed in Tanzanian village life By Sam Janson With language school having ended, I have made my way to the village of Baraki, Tanzania for an immersion experience. I decided to come to Baraki following a suggestion of long-time Maryknoll lay missioner Liz Mach. While new missioners study Swahili at the Maryknoll-founded Makoko Language School in Musoma,...
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