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History

Use these resources to supplement history and social studies curriculum. They present a period in history through a spiritual lens, and offer examples of people making courageous choices based on their faith.

Study Guides

April 2013; March/April Issue
  • (K-5)
  • (6-12)
  • Based on Finding Faith
  • 1940's, United States: a Japanese-American child's experience of internment camp and the support his family received through Maryknoll.

September 2012; September/October issue


Supplemental Articles


Formation in Manzanar
  • United States, 1940's
  • 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.  
Prayer for Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Japan, 1945
  • July/August 2009, page 28
  • A very brief article recognizing the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Sister Jean Fallon's work toward peace.
  • See information on Sister Jean Fallon's work against nuclear arms here 

Supplemental Articles continued


Faith in Action at Hungnam

  • Korea, 1950's
  • January/February 2011, page 23
  • For grades 5-12
  • Korea, 1950's
  • Father Patrick H. Cleary was chaplain to the US Army X Corps in Korea during the war there. He played a a huge role in the evacuation of about 100,000 refugees. This is a story of heroism, tremendous faith, vocation, and history.


A Mother's Protection
  • Vietnam, 1970's (and currently in the United States)
  • 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.
                                
Tears to Dry
  • Central America, 1970's-1980's
  • March 2009, page 36
  • For grades 7-12
  • On an anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Salvadorans remember the chaos, terror and grief they experienced when he was assassinated and many others were also martyred. They hope for justice and reconciliation so they can begin to heal.