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Bugando University College of Health Sciences

Bugando University College of Health Sciences Department of Academic Computing by David A. Smith A new adventure and a new challenge began for me in the year 2002. I accepted a three-year position as Head of the Department of Academic Computing at a new Catholic medical school that was being established in Mwanza, Tanzania, at the Bugando Medical Center. The school's founding was a collaborative effort between the Maryknoll Society, the Tanzanian bishops conference, the Tanzanian government, and the Weill Cornell medical college in New York. Having majored in computer science while in college (before going to seminary) and having been involved in various aspects of health ministries during my twenty years in mission in Tanzania, it seems as if...

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Mikindani Catholic Youth Polytechnic

Mikindani Catholic Youth Polytechnic Brother Ed Redmond teaches auto mechanics at the Mikindani Catholic Youth Polytechnic school in Mombasa. Located on the Kenya coast, the Institute is under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese. Ed not only teaches classes to the students, but he is also helping build a new workshop. Before Ed's arrival, the students were trying to learn mechanics without much hands-on experience. Now they have tools and motors on which to practice. As part of the ongoing improvements at the school, Ed recently took the initiative to repaint all the buildings with the assistance of the students and other staff. [catlist categorypage="yes"]

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Maryknoll Institute of African Studies

Overseas Training Program Maryknoll Institute of African Studies by Romane St. Vil I came to the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies which is affiliated to St. Mary's University of Minnesota and Tangaza College, Nairobi, Kenya at the end of May 2000. The program, for that term, lasted three months. During those three months, I had three courses. One was an overview of African cultures, another one dealt with marriage and family and the third one was on African traditional religion. In the program, there were people from different countries and many Africans from different ethnic backgrounds. I think this program is a gift for missionaries and anyone who would like to involve themselves in a respectful dialogue with African religion...

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Maryknoll Institute of African Studies of St. Mary’s University

Overseas Training Program Maryknoll Institute of African Studies by Romane St. Vil I came to the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies which is affiliated to St. Mary's University of Minnesota and Tangaza College, Nairobi, Kenya at the end of May 2000. The program, for that term, lasted three months. During those three months, I had three courses. One was an overview of African cultures, another one dealt with marriage and family and the third one was on African traditional religion. In the program, there were people from different countries and many Africans from different ethnic backgrounds. I think this program is a gift for missionaries and anyone who would like to involve themselves in a respectful dialogue with African religion...

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St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary

St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary by John Conway On the chapel wall of St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary hang pictures of Willie Collins and George Putnam perhaps Maryknoll Africa's ancestors in the formal religious formation and theological education for priesthood. One recalls also the ministry of Dick Hochwalt at Kipalapala and that of Bob Vujs, Walter Gleason, Mike Duffy, Jack Quinn and Artie Brown (library) in service to the Apostles of Jesus, a religious missionary congregation founded in Uganda in 1968. Each of these men labored in "a slice" of Maryknoll's global missionary task of founding and fostering local churches. In the major thrust of my missionary life, I follow in their footsteps. I am resident teacher in the community...

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Muhimbili University in Dar es Salaam

Muhimbili University in Dar es Salaam It has been a year and a half since my return to Tanzania after ten years of service in the U.S. This assignment has brought me to Dar es Salaam and a new experience as Chaplain at the Muhmbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), the medical university of Tanzania. This medical school at Muhimbili Hospital was once the only one in Tanzania. Formerly the School of Medicine of the University of Dar es Salaam it had a student population of just 400 in the 1970s. Today with a student body of 1600 it stands alone as MUHAS. Nearly 50% of the students are Catholic, a tribute to an historical emphasis placed on...

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Ministering to People Living with HIV/AIDS Ministering to People Living with HIV/AIDS

Ministering to People Living with HIV/AIDS by Lance Nadeau [caption id="attachment_276" align="alignleft" width="241"] (Kenya) Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program[/caption] 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...

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Clinical Pastoral Education Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education Clinical Pastoral Education by John Eybel Clinical Pastoral Education at Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania, is my ministry. Students from throughout East Africa (mostly from Tanzania) are brought together for pastoral ministry in the hospital and the fruits of reflection on that ministry to persons in crisis. An example of this ministry and reflection follows, an example of which I am particularly proud. Sister Peninnah Kaimukilwa is a Lutheran religious sister participating in CPE. She is also a nurse midwife and AIDS counselor at Ndolage Hospital in Tanzania. Her first verbatim report of a patient interview concerned a 34 year old woman suffering from vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF), an embarassing condition in which a woman leaks her...

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Kowak Girl’s Secondary School

Kowak Girl's Secondary School by James Conard Kowak Girl's Secondary School is an all girls boarding school located at the parish of Kowak. Kowak is a rural parish with the Town of Musoma 50 miles to the south. Musoma is a port on Lake Victoria. Bishop Justin Samba Bishop of Musoma Tanzania resides in Musoma To the north and east of Kowak is the small town of Tarime 25 miles away and where we have our Post Office. Tarime is 10 miles from the Kenya border. Kowak has no telephone but we hope to have one by the end of the year The progress on telephone service has been very slow. I have applied many times since 1980. At present...

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Responsible for New Life

Responsible for New Life by Mark Gruenke, M.M.; From the pages of Maryknoll Magazine Feb 15, 2008  Maryknoll Brother explains how African youth connect rights with responsibilities. The young people I work with in southern Africa make the words of St. Paul come alive for me, "Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe" (I Timothy 4:12). Not long after I arrived at Nyangana Mission in the northern part of Namibia, where I serve with Maryknoll Brother Loren Beaudry, the youth approached me to teach them to use the computer. Local schools barely have enough books, much less computers. Though these young people...

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