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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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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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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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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 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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