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Homeless Ministry (Rede Rua)

Homeless Ministry (Rede Rua)

Homeless Ministry (Rede Rua)

Region:

Brazil

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Dae W. Kim, M.M.

Fr. Dae Kim’s project focuses on feeding, as well as, providing various services for the homeless. In collaboration with the São Paulo municipal government, Rede Rua currently offers nearly 1,000 meals per day to the homeless. With the financial downturn due to COVID-19, the municipal government has diminished its benefits program for the homeless, especially its budget to feed the homeless, which is vital to their survival. There is also a center that first began providing locker spaces for the homeless to keep their belongings. Since then, the services it provides have grown where homeless can now come and receive the following services during the day: Permanent lockers for their belonging; coffee and snacks; meals (limited amount); shower; laundry; health services (checkups, vaccination, psychological counseling); administrative services applying for various social benefits, applying for job listings; legal services with a lawyer that can provide information for various legal issues); skills workshop (i.e. haircut, cooking, arts & crafts, etc.); and information seminars on various topics.

“Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” Luke 3:11

Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling

Region:

Latin America

Country:

Bolivia

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Gregory McPhee, M.M.

The project will provide individual and group counseling to local Bolivians. Along with a psychiatrist, Fr. Greg hopes to counsel low-income adults and families who do not have financial access to professional counseling services. The psychologist and Fr. Greg will offer counseling services in individual offices at the Maryknoll Center.  They will counsel adults and families on home visits. In order to accommodate the needs of a few clients, they will sometimes meet them at a public location near their place of work.

In collaboration with two other Bolivian professionals, Fr. Greg will offer courses, workshops and seminars. The courses will focus on spirituality for personal transformation. The education and counseling will emphasize the potential healing, purpose and interior peace of a mindful spiritual life.

In Bolivia, there is a genuine need for group and individual counseling to address the psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of struggling families and individuals. Nevertheless, many families are more concerned with immediate material needs than counseling. Fr. Greg would like to take a combined approach to address the counseling needs of poor Bolivian families by creating a small counseling center for single mothers through collaboration with a pre-existing tutoring and daycare center for the children of single mothers and fathers.

Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.   

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Aid to Women and Children

Aid to Women and Children

Aid to Women and Children

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John Waldrep, M.M.

Fr. John Waldrep has developed a system to assist women meet their expenses and start some small on-the-street businesses (fruit and vegetable stands, fast food stands, and stands for small domestic items and beauty products) that enable them to meet their expenses and move away from commercial sex work. The second part of this project is maternal assistance to pregnant secondary school young women and university women. Pregnant university students are denied on-campus accommodations soon after the first trimester. In addition to meeting the costs of pre-natal care, they must pay rent and utilities, prepare to cover delivery costs, purchase baby clothes, and buy food. Often, families refuse to assist pregnant students and insist on ending the pregnancy.

With your help, women will be able to establish small on-the-street businesses and meet their daily needs for food, housing, education and medical care for their children. Pregnant young women will be able to attend secondary school and university students will continue their studies.

“Everywhere we are touched by the triumph of the human spirit and enriched by encountering people’s faith experience. We join with them announcing the healing, reconciling and liberating Jesus.”

– Maryknoll’s mission vision, Maryknoll Magazine Welcome Issue, circa 1996-2002

Medical and Pastoral Services for Prisoners

Medical and Pastoral Services for Prisoners

Medical and Pastoral Services for Prisoners

Region:

Latin America

Country:

Peru

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Joseph Fedora, M.M.

Fr. Joe Fedora works to provide medicine to the detained and secretarial services the Chaplain at Peru’s largest prison, San Pedro de Lurigancho, a facility built for 3,300 prisoners that currently holds 10,000, making it the most densely populated prison in the Americas. The aim is to accompany people abandoned by society and, for many, even by family. Established in 1999, the project continues to medical and pastoral care to the forgotten.

Father Joseph Fedora offers counseling, the Sacraments, and medicines to prisoners who are HIV+ and receiving little or no care.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,* and I will give you rest.   

Matthew 11:28

Ministry for People with Albinism

Ministry for People with Albinism

Ministry for People with Albinism

Region:

Africa

Country:

South Sudan

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John W. Waldrep, M.M.

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Mission Service:

Health and Social Welfare

The number of people with Albinism is very high in Tanzania–far more than in many other Sub-Saharan African country. People with Albinism are horribly persecuted in Tanzania. Their skin is thought to have magical properties, so they are killed, dismembered and their body parts used in magic potions. Or, they are killed because people think them cursed and bearers of bad luck. Either way, they’re in an incredibly precarious situation.

Your gift will help protect these people while providing food, medical care, assistance with rent, education, and necessities such as sunblock, umbrellas, sunglasses, and hats.

“Open your mouth in behalf of the mute, and for the rights of the destitute; Open your mouth, judge justly, defend the needy and the poor!”

Proverbs 31:8-9

Parroquia Cristo Resucitado Curico

Parroquia Cristo Resucitado Curico

Parroquia Cristo Resucitado Curico

Region:

Latin America

Country:

Chile

Missioner Responsible:

Bro. John J. Nitsch, M.M.

Existing on limited donations from its poor parishioners, the Parish of Cristo Resucitado needs your assistance to continue its soup kitchen, which provides more than 150 meals a day to the needy. In addition, the parish provides financial aid to seven of its students studying at the university, and runs a youth group for children during winter and summer vacations.

In 2017, the area received about 500 immigrates from Haiti, Venezuela and Columbia. The immigrants from Haiti require extra assistance because of language and climate differences. Your donations will help keep their assistance programs running and help Brother John Nitsch, M.M. support the increased number of immigrants.

Your donations will help keep their assistance programs running.

Project Updates

  • Assist university students in finishing their studies in law, social work, health care, and psychology.
  • Our soup kitchen now serves lunch to about 150 poor people six days a week.
  • Brother John Nitsch has been able to help begin raising bees for honey and to pollinate the fruit trees, increasing the income and standard of living of the people involved.
  • Starting a weekend formation program for our pastoral agents, and support other monthly and bimonthly retreats and formation times for the different parish groups.

Food Program for Prisoners with HIV

Food Program for Prisoners with HIV

Food Program for Prisoners with HIV

Region:

Latin America

Country:

Peru

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Joseph Fedora, M.M.

Maryknoll Father Joseph Fedora runs a feeding program in Peru’s San Pedro de Lurigancho prison for 20 ailing prisoners living with HIV/AIDS.  When prisoners on anti-retroviral drugs regain their weight, they no longer receive their medicines and become undernourished all over again.  Father Joe provides them with nutritious meals and counsels those who ask for spiritual guidance.

Through your generosity and prayers, these men will receive the nourishment they need – both physically and spiritually.

Ministry to AIDS Patients

Ministry to AIDS Patients

Ministry to AIDS Patients

Region:

Latin America

Country:

Peru

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Joseph Fedora, M.M.

Day after day, Fr. Joseph Fedora accompanies patients from diagnosis to death.

He also advocates for AIDS patients, providing them with medical assistance and transportation. Aside from attending the spiritual needs of the community, Father Fedora is involved in ecumenical and advocacy work as well in the context of HIV/AIDS. Become part of his mission of compassion. He is working with a group laypeople called Misioneros en Camio (Missioners on the Road, who are dedicated to accompany pastoral people living with HIV AIDS.

There are 16 people in this group and it is hopeful that this organization will continue this AIDS ministry in the future. Your gift will provide the pastoral and medical support to those most in need.

Become part of Father Fedora’s mission of compassion.

“Hogar de Vida” AIDS Shelter for Women and Children

“Hogar de Vida” AIDS Shelter for Women and Children

“Hogar de Vida” AIDS Shelter for Women and Children

Region:

Latin America

Country:

Peru

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Joseph Fedora, M.M.

Hogar de Vida in Lima, Peru shelters a small number of women and children living with AIDS while serving as a drop-in center for 45 women and 35 children.  Breakfast and lunch are provided six days a week.

Father Joseph Fedora and his staff provide occupational therapy and technical assistance in navigating Peru’s difficult public health system.

Your gift will make a difference in the lives of these women and children!

Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program

Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program

Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program

Region:

Africa

Country:

Tanzania

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Edward Phillips, M.M.

Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program is presently one of the largest multifaceted treatment and prevention programs in Kenya. In 1993 when Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program (EDARP) was founded by Father Edward Phillips MM at the request of Roman Catholic priests from the Eastern Deanery Nairobi.

Various services offered are adult and children basic AIDS care as well as anti-retroviral treatment. There is a special emphasis on preventing maternal to child transmission. Well-baby clinics provide a way to identify infants at risk for HIV infection and provide immunization for poor children who do not receive basic immunization services. There are over 19,000 adults and children receiving care and treatment.

People accessing counseling and testing is more than 50,000 clients in a year. With over 300 volunteers involved in the program, it has 13 clinics spread through the eastern side of the city of Nairobi. Please help Fr. Ed Phillips M.M., continue this project.

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. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly, Fr. Juan Montes Zúñiga)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

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

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

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EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

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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

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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.