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Tuesday, 03 August 2010 18:00

2010 Western Regional Conference

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Conference LogoWe are taking this opportunity to address all you who worked so hard to make the Western Regional Conference a success. We have been receiving kudos for having led the organization of the Conference. In reality, we are humbled by the gratitude bestowed on us and feel that you all were the key to the success of the Conference. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the team effort that led to the Conference success.

DVDs of the conference are now available! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order. DVDs are available of the keynote address of John Dear SJ and Janice McLaughlin MM and of the Panel Dialogue and the Seven Jewish Children. A single DVD is $7. Each additional DVD in one order is $2. The set of 4 DVDs is $12. 

childtochildOn July 4, 2010, a team of mental health specialists travelled to Jeremie, Haiti to conduct a mental health training with the goal to sow the seeds for a mental health approach which would be truly Haitian in nature. The team consisted of Jeannette Diaz-Laplante and Renate Schneider (Maryknoll Affiliate - Chicago Central), both psychologists, and Celine Woznica (Maryknoll Affiliate - Chicago Central), a public health specialist as well as Stania Philizaire, interpreter and photographer, and Gerard Vital, interpreter. The project was sponsored co-jointly by Haitian Connection – Koneksyon Ayiti and the University of West Georgia.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 13:20


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Tupendane (Let us love each other) is a special place. It's a place where young women cooperatively work together in their own business. Two Maryknoll Sisters, (Sr. Mary Reese and Sr. Rosalie Lacorte) with 80 years of African mission experience developed this model of cooperative work with incentives and working together. It is very successful in that young women have been educated have skills, have a job, have a good self-image and have a future.

Purchasing items from them would increase their business. Ideas of new products would keep them dynamic and help increase sales.

For the past five years our JustFaith Group at St. Michaels in Olympia sold on the average $800 of Tupendane products at the annual Christmas Fair Trade Sale. With an average wage of $50 a month this $800 provides 16 girls a salary for one month. $50 is a big deal for young women to earn in Tanzania. If you have a Fair Trade Sale or Christmas bazaar in your community you might consider ordering some items from Tupendane. You can also order items individually from the brochure we have attached.

Education of girls is the most important ingredient to giving hope to a community.

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Thursday, 08 July 2010 21:23

"God Moments" in Kenya

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Recently returned from a medical mission trip, the following are my reflections on the "God Moments" during my time in Kenya. I went there with New Frontiers Health Force.

Padre John Martin con Afiliados/as de MéridaLos Afiliados de Maryknoll de Mérida aparecieron en el periodico Diario del Yucatán después de celebrar el jubileo de Maryknoll y una ceremonia de aceptación de una nueva Afiliada, Nelly Asunción Adra Pech.

Se puede leer el artículo, Colaboración crucial de los laicos, aquí.

Sister Carla Piette MM

By Jacqueline Hansen Maggiore

The Lord is calling me to be poor with His poor.

 Vessel of Clay traces the compelling life of Carla Piette, MM, as she accompanied the poor who suffered through two violent regimes—Chile and El Salvador.

Carla—remembered as clown, poet, artist, prophet, scripture scholar—was known for her radical poverty and fierce commitment to the "poor, ole beatup people" whom she loved.

As a Maryknoll missioner in Chile from 1964 to 1979, Carla lived with the poor during the terror of the 1973 military coup and years of the ensuing dictatorship.

Thursday, 24 June 2010 20:34

Youth in the Family

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How fortunate I am to have two teenage members of my family who recognize that not everyone in their neighborhood, whether local or global is blessed with a middle class life style. One in Virginia, Nicole my granddaughter and the other in Vermont, Anna, my niece’s daughter. Both are graduating from high school this June and looking forward to pursuing their academic studies, Anna at George Washington Univ. and Nicole at Northern Virginia Community College. 

I decided these two young people are worthy of being acknowledged for their good works, not that they are ready to save the world, but because I believe in quiet ways they are recognizing the earth and its inhabitants need to be treated with respect. 

When our Red Bank Catholic high school chapter met in September, we decided to take on a new challenge this year--to bring the story of mission to the second and third graders at our nearby elementary school, St. James.

Kelly Fitzpatrick (left) and Michele Fisher
Kelly Fitzpatrick (left) and Michele Fisher at Saint James Elementary

The affiliate students created a theme for each lesson then planned activities and stories to implement the lessons. At year's end, we all agreed that this was a fun-filled way to share mission with some of God's youngest children. Lessons included topics such as  the role of a missioner, geography, a touch of Spanish and Kiswahili as well as prayer, coloring, story telling and singing.

Projects included the terrific Maryknoll coloring book series, "Mary & Knoll' (the twin angels sent to bring  the Good News to people), making Christmas cards in Spanish and Kiswahili (glitter, glitter everywhere!), creating friendship bracelets out of yarn, and writing prayers. The recipients of the cards and bracelets were children in Tanzania, El Salvador and Bolivia.

Our students were thrilled when large envelopes covered in stamps from El Salvador and Tanzania arrived, containing letters and homemade cards for our students.

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Volunteering among the poor in the US is different from doing so in other countries.  In the Appalachian mountain area of eastern Kentucky, many people are indeed poor but we speak the same language (with different accents and pronunciations) and we share the same national heritage.  In many ways, volunteering in Appalachia was less stressful than my previous 10 volunteer trips to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 15:33

Up Close and Personal

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An older, gray-haired white woman riding on the back of a Motorcycle elicits many stares from the dark skinned residents of Cite Soleil, Haiti.


Children call out “Hey you… hey you” as we pass by in this dangerous and largest slum in the Western Hemisphere… Just this week two white people were kidnapped. Many prisoners who escaped from the jail during the earthquake have returned here… with weapons. Turf wars, robberies are common. People have even been killed.


The driver of the bike, a Haitian, is in charge of a compound called Mission Ranch where we hold a Medical clinic. I am a nurse, part of a team who comes regularly to take care of the poorest of the poor in this more than crowded slum.

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