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Missionary Documents Online Missionary Documents Online by Joseph Healey These documents are provided for those interested in reading more in depth about the Church's missionary work, especially in Africa.   Click on the following link to connect with The African Bishops' Preparatory Working Document of the 2009 Second African Synod. Instrumentum Laboris Read articles by Joe Healey: Tip: Just Click to open a document Small Christian Communities (SCCs) and the New Way of Being Maryknoll in Africa What does the upcoming African Synod Working Document say about Small Christian Communities (SCCs) Now It Is Your Turn: African Missionaries Go to the Ends of the Earth Inculturating the Feast of Pentecost in Africa A Collection of African Prayers Praxis is Prior...

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Don Sybertz & Joe Healey’s Book on African Narrative Theology

Towards an African Narrative Theology A Book by Donald Sybertz and Joseph Healey published by Orbis Books and Paulines Publications Africa(Two Excerpts from the book) One type of inculturation theology is an African narrative theology of inculturation. The starting part is African culture, but specifically African oral literature and the wide range of narrative and oral forms: proverbs, sayings, riddles, stories, myths, plays and songs explained in their historical and cultural contexts. Sister Anne Nasimiyu-Wasike, L.S.O.S.F. states: "The oral literature of the African people is their unwritten Bible. This religious wisdom is found in African idioms, wise sayings, legends, myths, stories, proverbs and oral history." The theologian Rev. John Mbiti adds: "Proverbs are a rich source of African Religion and...

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Dave Smith’s Thoughts on Computers and Mission

Computers, Mission, and the Vatican Computers, Mission, and the Vatican by David A. Smith Every time one of us returns to the United States for a vacation or home leave, we can't help but be awed by the rapid pace of the computerization of the developed world. The pervasiveness of computers is staggering. Cash registers announce each item and price, cars remind one when fuel levels are low, and every TV commercial / magazine ad includes the company's World Wide Web address. College students need a computer nowadays instead of the pen and notebook of old. When I went to the Toyota spare part department, the mechanic processed the whole search and purchase transaction on his computer, never looking in the stock room. Even...

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Dick Quinn’s Video Ministry

Evangelization through Video by Richard Quinn The late bishop Tiberius Mugendi told people that Dick Quinn left the diocese of Kisii because of his love for video productions. If he had said that I was looking For the latest technology for instant pictures and to improve the audiovisual capability of the first pastoral center in Kenya, Viongozi Center, he would have been correct. Nineteen years in electronic communication changed my life and my whole understanding of how you communicate the Word of God. This electronic ministry has enables me to reach thousands of Catholics across the continent and beyond. My pulpit is everywhere. Hundreds of people have said how grateful they are for our African videos on pastoral and social...

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Joe Healey’s Radio Ministry

Tanzanian World of Radio and Video by Joseph Healey Presently I am working half time as the Coordinator of the Mission Awareness Committee (MAC) of the Religious Superiors' Association of Tanzania (RSAT). Members of MAC produce a monthly half-hour radio program in Swahili called Sisi Sote Ni Wamisionari ("We Are All Missionaries") on Radio Tumaini ("Radio Hope"), the Catholic FM radio station of the Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam. The program uses a magazine-type format combining interviews, short talks, songs, instrumental music, short stories and practical examples. This year we have produced six programs on "The Missionary Outreach of the Responsible Family," the 1996 theme of the implementation of the African Synod in Tanzania, on such topics as street children...

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Joe Healey’s Inculturation Ministry

Proclaiming the Good News by Joseph Healey About half of my time is devoted to research and writing on African culture especially African oral literature such as African proverbs, sayings, riddles, stories, fables, plays, and songs and their relationship to inculturation and evangelization. Working with Father Don Sybertz, M.M., Mr. John Mbonde, the Sukuma Research Committee based at Bujora, Mwanza, Tanzania and other research groups we have written a number of books, booklets and pamphlets in English and Swahili including: Towards An African Narrative Theology (Paulines Publications Africa, 4th Reprint, 2005 and Orbis Books, 5th printing, 2004); Kueneza Injili Kwa Methali and Kugundua Mbegu za Injili (Benedictine Publications Peramiho, Tanzania); What Language Does God Speak? (St. Paul Publications, 1989) that...

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George Cotter Teaches the Gospel with Proverbs

The Gospel in Proverbs by George Cotter originally printed in Maryknoll Magazine (June 1997) The Brooklyn Bridge hangs suspended from huge cables woven together with millions of thin wires. Those small wires support the heavy roadway connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, allowing people to pass from one shore to another. Those wires are like African proverbs, little sayings that tie the Lord to the people, allowing revelation and prayer to pass back and forth. I got interested in African proverbs when I was studying the Kisukuma language to work with the Sukuma people of Tanzania. During the yearlong program, I visited homes and conversed with people. It gave me great pleasure to hear them laugh whenever I used one of their...

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