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Marisa showing the St. James students a photo of Mrs. Dunford.
Marisa showing the St. James students a photo of Mrs. Dunford.
“What is a missionary?” Red Bank Catholic’s Maryknoll Club spent a period at St. James teaching the second and third graders about missionaries. They explained that a missionary is anyone who spreads the love of God. RBC’s students helped the children see the similarities between the love that parents give to them, the love that missionaries give to others, and the love that God gives to the world. One young third grader even asked, “So then are our parents missionaries too… since they love us?” Just as parents love their children, God loves us; we are all children of God.
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 18:41

December 5, 2010, Philadelphia Chapter Meeting

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The Philadelphia Maryknoll Affiliates met at beautiful St. Malachy's Church rectory in north Philadelphia on Sunday, December 5, 2010. Fred Goddard honored us with his presence.

The meeting was an opportunity for reflection on the Northeast Affiliates Regional Conference on October 9 at Maryknoll, New York. The Philadelphia Affiliates hosted that meeting choosing comprehensive immigration reform as the theme, and asking the question, "What would Jesus do?

The Affiliates Seattle Chapter meeting agenda earlier this month included some items that you may find of interest to your Chapter (the minutes are posted here - Seattle Chapter web page does not require a password to access, but the minutes do). You are encouraged to post your meeting minutes and other information about your Chapter on your Chapter web page or submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for posting.

Monday, 06 December 2010 23:33

Christmas 2010 at Red Bank

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The students are busy buying Christmas presents for local kids who have cancer or have a sibling with cancer.

They are also busy making friendship bracelets and Christmas cards to send to kids in Tanzania and Cambodia. We were thrilled to get a large envelope filled with letters and drawings from the girls at Emusoi.

We are also going to teach an Advent/mission lesson to the second and third graders at St. James this week.

[Maryknoll Lay Missioner] Kathy Dunford (RBC 1961, MLM in Kenya) has written to us asking us to pray for and help a young Kenyan girl in serious need of surgery so Maria Safuna is our January project.

Monday, 06 December 2010 15:55

The Incarnation: Why God Wanted to Become Human

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Thursday, 02 December 2010 14:56

Prayer and Immersion

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Prayer is defined by Jesuit theologian, Fr Walter Burghardt as

On Thanksgiving day I sat at the bedside of a man who had just died. His wife of over fifty years was sitting across from me. She had just told her granddaughter about his death. The young girl wondered why she was still sitting there if he had died. The wife replied, “I just want to look at him some more”. Someday his grandchild will understand.

I doubt that the wife would have considered her “long, loving look “ a prayer….but I knew that it was. The reality of death was present as she recalled the more than fifty years together. It was all part of the sharing.

I have just returned from a trip to El Salvador. It was considered to be a pilgrimage, an immersion with the people. I had concentrated mostly on the pilgrimage part, the journey, the traveling with little baggage, trying to empty myself , so that I could be filled with whatever I would receive. I awaited the surprise of spiritual gifts.

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 15:20

Gracias Padre Thomas

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On Thursday, November 26, Maryknoll Father Thomas Goeckler departed for his eternal life. On that day, Americans celebrate "Thanksgiving" for all the blessings that God gives. What better day for the departure of Father Thomas because he was really a blessing to many people. Following the example of Jesus he chose to live and work with at risk youth in the "Walk for Peace Program" in Paradise II, Zone 18, helping then in their studies, sharing bread, and accompanying them and listening to their concerns. Following the example of Jesus, he recognized and valued all people, visiting prisoners, people living in the ravines, people forgotten by society. He believed in women as agents of change. as builders of peace. Close friend of the Community of Colegio Monte María, he shared the Maryknoll spirit, the charism of service, love of neighbor. Thank you, Father Thomas, for your words, for your dedication, for your example. While your departure pains us, your life witness encourages us to be true followers and followers of Jesus.

Después de conocer ayer la noticia que el Padre Thomas estaba ya en la presencia amorosa de Dios, me pase todo el día recordando anécdotas de nuestra relación en Monte María con él. También pensé que qué lindo que se había ido al cielo en el Día de Acción de Gracias. Ya no tuvo el almuerzo con los demás padres en la zona 10, sino que asistió al Banquete del Reino donde pudo dar a gracias a Dios cara a cara y compartió con todos los seres queridos que lo antecedieron. Especialmente me lo imaginaba contándole a las sisters mártires del Salvador aquello que nos contaba siempre a nosotras: que su vocación de sacerdote de Maryknoll fue por ellas y su testimonio de entrega hasta las últimas consecuencias.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010 15:15

Cambodia Tragedy

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Many of you already heard about the disaster that happened in Cambodia Monday night during the annual Water Festival and wrote to learn if we were okay. We were in Laos and didn't hear about it until Tuesday morning. The news was shocking, nearly 400 (mostly young people in their teens and twenties) died and twice as many were injured. The tragedy took place on the last evening of the festival after a concert on a small newly developed island in the Mekong River about a mile from where we live. There were thousands crowded on the island and only one narrow bridge. For some reason, panic erupted and everyone tried to get off the bridge at once. As far as we can tell, most died from suffocation and internal injuries but there is also speculation others died from electrocution and drowning. The bridge was festooned with lights for the festival and some people grabbed on to the wires in an attempt to get off the bridge.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 05:00

The Global Water Crisis: Conflict and Cooperation

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This past week, I attended a conference jointly sponsored by Villanova University and Catholic Relief Services as part of their formal partnership. The conference was called The Global Water Crisis: Conflict and Cooperation. The presenters were Environmentalists, Civil Engineers Health Specialists, Economists, Sanitation and Water Resource Experts, Lawyers and Peacebuilders… all from the University, CRS and private industry. Within the Villanova University, it was Co-Sponsored by the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Schools of Business and Law, the Office of Mission and Ministry, the Center for Peace and Justice Education and the Honors Program, the Department of Geography and the Environment.

One of the presenters from CRS was Thomas Bamat, Ph.D. Senior Technical Advisor, Justice and Peacebuilding. Prior to coming to CRS, he said had been with Maryknoll for 20 years.

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