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Father Dennis Moorman: My North Star

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]When Jesus called his first disciples, he began a ministry of healing that would become my north star. A compassionate person, I have learned, is a powerful healer.

I serve the people of Brazil as a Somatic Experiencing practitioner. Let me explain…

Somatic Experiencing is a therapy that aims to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and other problems caused by trauma. We assess a client’s perceived body sensations—or somatic experiences—focusing on the mind-body connection. Then within a safe environment, we work to free up the body’s tensions so that the person returns to a state of calm.

In and around São Paulo’s poorest neighborhoods, I see some of the most difficult trauma cases imaginable. People live under constant physical threat. Trauma can be the result of gun violence, domestic abuse, assault, or abandonment.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1530627231744{margin-top: 0px !important;}”]There are underlying reasons for São Paulo’s extreme social conditions. Poverty and unemployment are widespread, and drug trafficking is just a fact of life. Conditions in some neighborhoods are so bad that people tell me they are actually afraid to venture out for an evening prayer service or a community meeting.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text el_class=”F18 Dred” css=”.vc_custom_1530626680724{margin-right: 15px !important;margin-left: 15px !important;border-top-width: 1px !important;border-right-width: 1px !important;border-bottom-width: 1px !important;border-left-width: 1px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;border-left-color: #440000 !important;border-right-color: #440000 !important;border-top-color: #440000 !important;border-bottom-color: #440000 !important;border-radius: 5px !important;}”]“In my practice I can never separate the physical from the emotional—or the spiritual. As a witness to the Gospel, I believe that to love is to heal.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”16915″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_3d”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”16779,16777,16778″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]At our centers we offer natural methods of healing as an alternative to medications. Each of our training sessions has from 10 to 60 clients. A volunteer assistant is present for every three clients. A unique feature of our program is that many people who have gone through Somatic Experiencing return as volunteers. They return out of gratitude for their healing and to encourage those still in therapy.

I remember one young woman in her 20’s who suffered from depression and tried to commit suicide three times. After undergoing therapy, she was finally able to escape her suffering. That’s when she decided to become a volunteer. She wanted to give back by helping others.

With trauma, a common defense mechanism is dissociation from all the important ways we connect to ourselves, other people, and the world. That’s when I discovered that trauma and spirituality are intertwined. Spirituality is the experience of being connected—to our self, other beings, our physical environment, and to God.

In my practice I can never separate the physical from the emotional—or the spiritual. As a witness to the Gospel, I believe that to love is to heal. As Jesus said in one of his greatest lessons, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these…” (John 14:12)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I am humbled by this scripture. Will I live up to Christ’s words? That’s when I remember that you are praying for me, and with your every act of compassion we are building God’s Kingdom together. God bless you for being a healer, too, and for making my mission a north star for so many people in need.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”top”][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”F20″]

~ Father Dennis Moorman, M.M.

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ABOUT MARYKNOLL

We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.

OUR GENERAL COUNCIL

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. Tom O’Brien, Fr. Ray Finch, Fr. Joe Everson, Fr. Russ Feldmeier)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Fr. Ray Finch.

OUR FOUNDERS

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

PLACES WE SERVE

EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

USA

STORIES OF MISSION

(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Enrich your own vocation, walk-in solidarity with people overseas, and work together with Maryknoll Missioners. We offer US priests and Brothers ordained elsewhere the opportunity to work in overseas missions.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop
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