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Mission: What is it?

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November 2010




Supplementary Articles

Send Me!
  • November 2009, page 24
  • For grades 7 and up
  • This article shows the unfolding of a new mission for an experienced missioner. It also touches on the 36 year civil war in Guatemala, andhow that, as well as precious centuries of oppression affect the indigenous Mayan people.

Come and See
  • January 2010, page 34
  • For grades 5-12
  • After a presentation from Father Robert Jalbert and reading Maryknoll Magazine, several high school students in a Catholic high school in Massachusetts, expressed an interest in a mission trip to Tanzania. For ten months, students, parents, teachers and chaperones prepared in many ways for the trip. This article tells of the students' experiences, and their reflections.


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.

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.
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Keeping Mission Intentions Alive
  • July/August 2011, page 28
  • For grades 7-12
  • While is is about how Maryknoll Affiliates in Mexico support each other in their individual work in their community, the information about a young woman who is a leader, and her impressive past experiences in mission would be the focus for students.   
Exploring Mission
  • November 2010, page 12
  • For grades 7-12
  • Two young adults from the United States who won the "Explore My Mission" contest, tell of their life-changing trip to mission in Tanzania.

Happy Birthday, Lay Missioners!
  • November 2010, page 18
  • For Grades 10-12
  • In 2010, the Maryknoll Lay Missioners celebrated their 35th anniversary as a community. The article shows what has results from the Vatican II pronouncement that all Catholics are called to be missioners. Examples of different kinds of work and faith experiences abound in this article.

Man for All Peoples
  • October 2010, page 12
  • Grades 5 -12. 
  • This is a clear description of a man's journey to priesthood, and the rich experiences he has had and brought to many places. Born in Puerto Rico, Father Jose Aramburu served in Tanzania, Peru, United States and Hong Kong. He speaks of his vision of mission in the future.

"They Call Me Dona Theresia"
  • March 2010, page 12
  • For grades K-12
  • Sister Theresia Ndesoma, from Tanzania, now works in Brazil. She feels loved by God and her definition of mission is to bring God's love to others.

Feeling the Earth Beneath His Feet

  • Sept 2010, page 24
  • For grades 7-12
  • Father Thomas Burns' commitment to mission and social justice has led him down a harrowing path at times. When Peru was wracked by violence in the 1980's and 1990's, he survived threats to his safety and later post traumatic stress disorder. His passionate struggles for justice have resulted in great accomplishments. He continues to try "to create a world where people live together as one."