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Edward Quinn and Liturgies in Tanzania (Archives)

Corpus Christi Wins in Africa by Edward J. Quinn originally printed in Maryknoll Magazine (November 1999) When I started learning about liturgy decades ago, I was shocked that my favorite feast, Christmas, ranked only third in liturgical importance, behind Easter and Epiphany. Despite the Church's official emphasis, however, Christmas remains the favorite feast of most Western Christians. I know people in the pews do their own ranking, but I was still surprised by which feasts most appeal to African Christians. At least in Tanzania, where I serve, the feast of Corpus Christi is far and away number one on the hit parade. Fervor and emotion carry the day, and rightly so, when a celebration that coincides with the Sukuma people's...

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Daniel Ohmann among the Nomadic Wataturu

Mary's Love Beads by Daniel Ohmann originally printed in Maryknoll Magazine  June 2000 It's now two years since I left my ministry with suffering exiles from Burundi and Rwanda in the refugee camps in western Tanzania. Since then I've been working in the Shinyanga region with the Watatulu people, dwellers along the Rift Valley for some 300 years. I live in a tent among these seminomadic people. I've been working with them very patiently, longing for the day when they will see that the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel complement the many positive values they have in their traditional religion and eliminate some negative aspects, such as the fear of evil spells. I've had little success so far-in fact,...

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John Lange’s Ministry in the Nairobi Slums

Chaplaincy, Slums, and Water by John Lange I am chaplain to the Little Sisters of St. Francis in their Regional House and Spiritual Center in Kasarani, Nairobi. I am very happy in this work. The Sisters have been wonderful to me. They spoil me and I love it. My duties, so far have been very light. Morning Mass from Monday Through Saturday. On Sunday the parish priest comes here for an outstation Mass. That leaves me free to continue my 8-year ministry in the Mukuru slums of Nairobi where I usually have two Masses. During the week, I keep busy by visiting the slums and following-up on several development activities. In the slums I have 11 community health workers from...

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Mark Gruenke’s Ministry in the Namibia

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...

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Herb Gappa at Bariadi Parish (Archives)

St. John Parish, Bariadi by Herb Gappa originally printed in Maryknoll in Touch (January 2001) Rooted in Faith I'm overjoyed to begin this new year by thanking our Partners in Mission for all you do to help your brothers and sisters in St John parish in Banadi in northern Tanzania Our parish has received great deal of help from the faithful in my home state, Minnesota, but all of you have helped by your prayers, your donations and your concern. When I was appointed pastor of Bariadi in 1977, our rural parish launched a 20-year plan with three objectives: To make faith come alive by forming Small Christian Communities (SCCs), groups of some 20 families who would pray together, read...

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James Eble at Mabatini Parish

Transfiguration Parish by Jim Eble Father Jim Eble’s ministry is not confined to the membership of Transfiguration Parish; it takes in the entire community of Mabatini, just west of downtown Mwanza, Tanzania. As a missioner his ministry includes those who have not heard of the Good News and those in need. The focus on Christian formation and leadership seeks to form mature Christians ready to push the growth of the Church towards the edges of the community. The small Christian communities are key entry points of ministerial service to the community. If they are healthy, Christian service to the wider community will be helpful. Ministerial opportunities here include leadership formation, training visitors for the sick, seminars for human development and prayer....

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Edward Davis at St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic Church (Archives)

St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic Church Mtoni, P.O. Box 167,  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by Ed Davis The Mtoni Catholic Church was begun as an outstation of the parish of Chang'ombe. It was erected as a parish by the Archbishop, Polycarp Cardinal Pengo, in 1996, and placed under the pastoral care of the Maryknoll Fathers (the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America). The base of the parish is 24 small Christian Communities located in the various sections of the parish. These communities are the Church in miniature, reaching out to all the people in the area with Christian love and service. It is from the leadership of the small Christian Communities that the Parish Council and its various committees are chosen....

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James Conard’s extended ministry at Kowak Parish

Education Out of the Ashes by Lynn F. Monahan;  From the pages of Maryknoll Magazine Aug 22, 2008 Educating young women, a Maryknoll Father helps build future in Tanzania.   As a young missionary new to Tanzania in the late 1950s, Maryknoll Father James Conard tried to establish a school in the African bush. Villagers burned it down, fearing the schoolhouse would attract outside government officials. The priest persisted and other villagers rebuilt the thatched classroom. The school and 12 other "bush schools" Maryknoll missioners founded in the area were seeds for the villages' own government primary schools as the country grew from a colony to a modern nation. Today, an hour and a half away by pickup truck over...

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James Conard and William Daley at Kowak Parish

Pastoral Activities at Kowak Parish by James Conard Father Bill Daley, Father Sabinus Moremi and now a new temporary deacon along with myself are assigned to Kowak Mission in the North Mara part of Musoma Diocese. This was one of the very first Maryknoll missions in Africa and still remains one of the most active. Kowak Parish includes about 30 villages. It is divided into five centers of five or six villages each. Masses, sacraments, Christian Life take place at these centers each Sunday. On week days Bill and Sabinus also have Masses at individual villages. They along with sixteen catechists, instruct and baptize about 400 catechumens each year. We have built four new chapels and will continue to add...

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Richard Baker’s Ministry to Sudanese Refugees (Archives)

Dying before Their Time Dying before Their Time by Frank Breen originally printed in Maryknoll Magazine (December 1997) Maryknoll missioner ministers to thousands of Sudanese refugees struggling to survive in Ethiopia Under the blazing afternoon sun in a refugee village in Ethiopia, not far from the Sudan border, tears stream down the faces of young choir members as Maryknoll Father Richard Baker prays over a freshly dug grave. The missioner is burying a young Sudanese refugee who died not from war-related wounds but a more mundane, albeit deadly, disease-meningitis. Baker's face reflects the melancholy missioners often experience in ministering to the poor, so many of whom die before their time. The Maryknoller from Yonkers, N.Y., has seen more than his...

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