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A Popular History of Maryknoll’s Specialized Work in Africa

Serving the National Church by Joseph Healey The fifty years from 1946 to 1996 actually contain many Maryknoll histories. While Musoma and Shinyanga are the best known places with the largest number of Maryknollers, another important story is Maryknoll and the National Church in Tanzania. Also some other Maryknollers have worked at the AMECEA or the Eastern Africa level of which Tanzania is a significant part. During these past 50 years the number of Maryknollers who have served at the national or regional level are impressive: two bishops, 28 priests, one Brother, 11 Sisters, two lay associates and one lay affiliate. The breakdown according to their main work is: 12 people: Tanzania National Episcopal Conference/Catholic Secretariat. 5 people: Tanzania National...

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Ray McCabe’s thoughts on Retirement in Africa

Some Thoughts on Retirement by Ramon McCabe These days in Musoma it is not only the scarcity of men but also the aging and retiring of those few we have left that we encounter all the time. An old missioner once said: "Old age is not a privilege; it's a burden." I find it interesting how people ask so many questions of a person recently retired. My own answers vary according to who asked and why. Here are some examples of questions asked and some answers and comments. "What work do you do now that you are retired?" I have at least three answers to this question: Actually I'm unemployed at this moment. I'm just part-time now wherever anyone needs...

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Doug May’s Home for Mentally Handicapped Children in Cairo

Home for Mentally Handicapped Children by Doug May (January 2007) Our Lady Queen of Peace Masaakin Sheraton, Cairo, Egypt “Handicapped Children”, this is a kind of misnomer as the age range of our “children” is from five to fifty years old. Our Lady Queen of Peace Home was the dream of a Coptic Catholic priest friend, Father Antoun Francis. He had been the national chaplain in Egypt for Jean Vanier’s “Faith and Light” movement know in Arabic as “Imaan wa Nuur”. Antoun discovered that parents of the mentally handicapped in Egypt were distressed as they and their children became older that their sons and daughters would have no place to live and no one to care for them once they...

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Mark Huntington’s Overseas Training in Mozambique

Overseas Training in Mozambique by Mark Huntington I am currently in formation as a Maryknoll Brother on the Overseas Training Program (O.T.P.) in Metangula, Mozambique. I see my ministry as working with African communities at the grassroots level dealing with faith and health issues. My experience and learnings while working as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya, as well as recently completing a Masters in Public Health has been good preparation for ministry in Mozambique. I am involved in administration of health posts in the parish and assisting local hospital staff in vaccinating people in the rural villages. I also work with our parish team to implement the Lichinga Dioceses program to combat AIDS. We work with youth and adults...

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Joe Healey and the Mission Awareness Committee

MAC Promotes Missionary Spirit by Joseph Healey MAC is the Mission Awareness Committee of the Religious Superiors Association of Tanzania (RSAT), started in 1987. It has members from missionary-oriented societies and congregations in Tanzania, with a wide variety of people interested in "Ad Gentes" mission, including priests, sisters, brothers and lay people. Ed Hayes helped start the committee. Presently John Sivalon is the contact person with RSAT and John Waldrep and Joe Healey (chairperson and half-time coordinator) assist the group.[catlist categorypage="yes"]

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Peter Agnone’s Home for Street Children in Nairobi

Ukweli Home of Hope by Peter Agnone When Kids say "Hodi" (knock, knock) ... We say "Karibu" (welcome) The Ukweli Home of Hope Project was established in 1995 to serve the needs of poor street children in Nairobi. The Project includes a small home for boys and a daytime drop-in center; they receive guidance and counseling, food, shelter, education and a sense of hope for their future. MISSION The Ukweli Home of Hope is our response to the call of Jesus... "let the little children come unto me". We provide love and care to street boys recognizing their value and the importance of becoming self-sufficient; we also support the value of family in their lives and make every effort to...

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Loren Beaudry’s Rescue Center for Street Children in Mombasa

A Rescue Program for Street Children by Loren Beaudry Our Vision Street Children that are empowered and self-reliant. Our Mission Statement The Grandsons of Abraham is a Catholic Church based rescue center in Mombasa working with the community in rescuing, rehabilitating, offer skill, training and remitting the children back to their families or relatives. We believe in the strength of working together with all the stakeholders. Our Goal The goal of The Grandsons of Abraham is to reduce the number of street children on the streets of Mombasa through daily street work. Our aim is to create an environment of growth through counseling, informal education and human needs. This is in view of preparing the grounds for rehabilitation either back...

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Lance Nadeau’s Thoughts on AIDS in Nairobi

Ministering to People Living with HIV/AIDS by Lance Nadeau In my dissertation I am writing here in Rome, I am trying to offer a missiological evaluation of the health ministry (huduma ya afya), that has developed in the jumuiya (small Christian Communities) of Nairobi East. My interest in the health ministry is missiological. Why? Because lay ecclesial ministry, such as the health ministry, is a critical index of the local church's formation. And formation of the local church remains a basic goal of missionary activity. Furthermore, I see the huduma ya afya as an East African expression of a global phenomenon in the postconciliar church, namely, the rapid expansion and diversification of lay ministry. The worldwide growth in lay ecclesial...

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John Eybel’s AIDS Ministry in Mwanza (Archives)

Training AIDS Care Givers by John Eybel In the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Bugando Medical Center people are trained to face detestable "shadow" behavior. For example, an HIV+ spouse refuses to tell a mate about the positive test result and proceeds to infect him/her with the virus; or a nurse or family member will not care for a dying member out of ignorance, disgust or contempt; or an angry HIV+ person is "impossible" to please and full of resentments; and the like. "Shadow" behavior is the "speck" that shows up for us in the other's eye. The object of the training for a pastor or counselor is to meet the "speck" with compassion and with an invitation to explore,...

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