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Relief and Education for Burmese Refugees at Wat Prok Mon Temple

Relief and Education for Burmese Refugees at Wat Prok Mon Temple

Relief and Education for Burmese Refugees at Wat Prok Mon Temple

Region:

Asia

Country:

Thailand

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John J. Beeching, M.M.

For more than two decades, Wat Prok School, established by Maryknoll two decades ago, has provided education, skill training as well as clothing, food and medical assistance to 34 and 52 Mon Migrant boys, ranging from six to seventeen years old, living at small Mon Buddhist monastery in Bangkok. The number of students varies primarily due to new students.

The boys parents are migrant workers mostly working in the fish process plant outside of Bangkok or on the fishing boats. The Maryknoll Thailand team members work with the Informal Education Department of the Thai Government to provide basic education to the boys, including Mon, Thai and English language training, some basic grammar school classes and sponsors skill training for the older boys.

Initial emphasis is on teaching the boys the Thai language, which makes them eligible for special temporary ID cards until age 17. The younger is then recognized as having a right to be in the country. It also provides protection against the boys being trafficked, given the extent of the problem of trafficking in Southeast Asia.

 

Assistance to Refugees and Migrants

Assistance to Refugees and Migrants

Assistance to Refugees and Migrants

Region:

Asia

Country:

Thailand

Missioner Responsible:

Bro. William Raible, M.M.

Bro. William Raible, M.M.’s project mainly focuses on Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Prisoners and Victims of Human Trafficking. We work as a team and in collaboration with Caritas-Thailand, Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees (COERR) and five Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Bangkok, as well as close cooperation with the Thai people in our effort to assist these various groups of people in need.

Many people continue to flee their homes, villages and nations for a variety of reasons, mainly Religious and Political persecution. In the city of Bangkok alone, it is estimated that we have over 6,000 illegal Refugees and Asylums Seekers. The people we reach out to are people running from the violence in their homelands and they come from the various countries of Asia and Africa.

Poor living conditions and violence in their homelands have resulted in an increase in refugees into Thailand from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and other countries in the Middle East. Brother Bill and others take care of their physical needs by providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education to refugee families as well as the poor Hill Tribes people in North of Thailand.

These poor people speak little Thai and need medical care, food at times, transportation for their children to and from school. We do our best to protect, feed and help, as we continue to be inspired by Pope Francis, who asks all of us to continue to reach out to the Stranger, the Refugee and the Poor.

Environmental Education in a Religio-cultural Setting

Environmental Education in a Religio-cultural Setting

Environmental Education in a Religio-cultural Setting

Region:

Asia

Country:

Thailand

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Lawrence Radice, M.M.

Working with Thai priest Fr. Niphot Thianwihan, and the Research and Training Center for Religio-Cultural Community (RTRC), the approach to environmental and development work is that all education is based in first knowing yourself, your community and your religious-cultural roots.

The Strategic Plan gives particular attention to the following program areas:

  1. Training of village leaders, catechisst, religious/priests, high school and university students, and others  from general society interested in the center’s approach.
  2. Community Development – Rice Merit Network.
  3. Knowledge Management through studies, research, and publications.
  4. Community Development with the empowerment of organizations and networks.
  5. Theological and Spiritual Reflections and Retreats.
  6. Partnerships with the Church, Academics, Universities, NGOs, and the local government.

Those that will be help will be people mostly from northern Thailand, but also Laos (where we began teaching 3 years ago), and now with good prospects of working with groups in Myanmar as well.

English Education Program for Buddhist Monks

English Education Program for Buddhist Monks

English Education Program for Buddhist Monks

Region:

Asia

Country:

Thailand

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John J. Beeching, M.M.

Your gifts enables Brother John Beeching, M.M., to provide English-language training for approximately 33 Thai Students and 62 student monks (from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar). The purpose of the program is to provide English as a job skill for poor Thai students and for some retired Thais and it provides English training for student monks studying in high school or university.

This training also provides a wonderful opportunity for Maryknoll volunteers and affiliates to serve overseas in a unique interfaith experience.

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