Tag Archives: Sao Paulo

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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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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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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Women Prison Education Ministry

Written by Kathy Bond I love this image of St. Ann and Mary that powerfully promotes women’s education. I also feel a connection to Saint Ann, as one of the female prisons that I have worked in over the last four years is named after her. In my ministries with women’s health education, I have seen many doors open over...
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Teaching new Catechists at Santa Terezinha Parish

Catherine Heinhold, Maryknoll lay missioner presently serving in Sao Paulo has these words to share about one of her ministries in Brazil. The training course for new catechists that I give meets in the choir loft of the main church of my parish, Santa Terezinha. Men, women, and teenagers take two hours out of their very busy Saturday for eight...
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