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May 2013
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November 2012
May/June 2011

October 2010



Additional Activities

Children of the Earth, Navajo Reservation, Disk 1
  • The study guide for older students also includes Chehalis Reserve, British Columbia, Canada

Supplemental Articles
A Mother's Protection

  • July/August 2011, page 48
  • For grades 7-12
  • Each August in Carthage, Missouri, a gathering of some 70,000 people celebrate Mary. The majority are Vietnamese-Americans. These annual "Marian Days" began in 1977 to honor the Blessed Mother for her help for thousands of Vietnamese boat refugees reach safety a few years earlier. Years later, Mary is still the center of this festival, and it is also a colorful cultural event, and serves as a family reunion. The article also tells of several attendees who are now missioners and the events that led to their decisions to join Maryknoll.

Our Immigrant Neighbors 

  • October 2010, page 38
  • For grades K-12
  • Maryknoll Affiliate Ann Coady had a Peace Corps experience as a young adult. She always planned to go back, but her life kept her in the United States. Still mission work continually "found" her in ways she could never have anticipated and in numerous and varied situations. Use this to talk about the ways people use their skills to reach out to others, and to look into needs of people nearby.

Neighbors on the field

  • February 2010, page 25
  • For Grades 4-12
  • Migrant workers coming to Buffalo, New York, to harvest apples and other food, have spiritual needs as any group of parishioners. A local group pf volunteers, including Father Ivan Trujillo, join them to celebrate Mass, and to share prayers, pizza, music and laughter. This article helps students appreciate the experience and contribution of migrant workers. It also speaks of the needs of all people, no matter where or what the circumstances, need to pray together.
  • At the time of this article, the migrant workers were harvesting apples. Challenge students to read where their apple come from. Say a prayer for the many people involved in providing them with this fruit.
  • VIDEO: This shows many aspects of BUFFALO IN MISSION  includes scenes from this article.

Buffalo Answers, "Who is my Neighbor?"
  • February 2010, page 14 
  • For grades 4-12
  • The variety of ways the people of Buffalo, New York, reach out to others is amazing. Buffalo is called the "City of Good Neighbors" and though it has been hit hard economically in recent years, it still lives up to it title.
  • In the article, can you find at least 8 different projects done for others in need?
  • Name the three countries that people from Buffalo travel to, to help, pray with and learn from.
  • Many immigrants arrive in Buffalo to settle. What five other countries to they come from and how to the residents there welcome them? 
  • See a video showing many aspects of BUFFALO IN MISSION  here.

Visiting Jesus on the Reservation

  • October 2009, page 38
  • For grades 7-12
  • A Maryknoll Affliate, Ronni Gilligan, has volunteered in five countries, but here she writes of her experience of mission in her home sates of New York at the Wind River Indian Reservation. Through varied responsibilities there, she encountered wonderful people, great societal problems, sadness, joy and Jesus.

Service is Sleepless in Seattle

  • September 2009, page 24
  • For grades 4-12
  • The Seattle area is home to many mission-minded people and consequently to many projects and opportunities: from high school students doing day care in a migrant camp to a parish successfully battling a parasite in Ghana. Read this for inspiration and then look at your own diocese to see what is happening and where you can get involved. For younger students, the teacher can read just the parts about specific work.


Formation in Manzanar


  • July/August 2009, page 30
  • For grades 5-12
  • Father Bryce Nishimura was a child when his family was uprooted and sent to a "relocation" camp in the Mohave Desert. In this setting of injustice, suffering and discrimination, he had experiences that led him to become a priest years later. Now in his 80's, draws on these memories to understand and minister to migrants to Japan. Some humorous references of being told he might go to hell for his actions might be disturbing to students. Addressing this may help students see the real value in this story.