The following article was written by Eben Levey, who has served as an intern with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns since September 2013.
The history of Maryknoll in Latin America is rich and deep. Our commitment to the promotion of social justice and peace in the region cost several of our missioners their lives during the years of oppression, including Fr. Bill Woods, MM in Guatemala (1976), and Sisters Ita Ford, MM, Maura Clarke, MM and Carla Piete, MM in El Salvador in 1980. Some, like Fr. Miguel D’Escoto in Nicaragua, have served in public roles in support of those who live in poverty. Countless others have accompanied the Central American people in their daily struggles for survival, for social justice, for an end to the violence that destroys their communities; for new life.
Among the particular concerns of Maryknoll in Latin America are poverty, its causes and consequences; migration and refugees; health care, especially holistic care that includes good nutrition and preventative care; access to essential medicines for treatable or curable illness; HIV and AIDS; the rights and dignity of women and children; the response of authorities to the growth in gang violence; mining concessions; just trade agreements; debt cancellation; small and subsistence farming and other work accessible to people who are poor; and environmental destruction.
Articles, alerts, events
The following article was prepared by Maryknoll lay missioner Joe Hastings, who lives and serves in El Salvador. It was published in the July-August 2014 NewsNotes.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the Argentine government’s appeal in its case against hedge funds leaves that country in a very difficult situation, much like when the country defaulted on $81 billion of debt in 2001.
The following alert is based on information from our colleagues at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA and other sources.
On May 28, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) delivered a Dear Colleague letter addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry articulating concerns and worries about the high levels of violence and impunity that plague Honduras.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined 17 other organizations in signing a statement expressing concern about the recent beating of Casa Alianza in Honduras.
Ecuadoran social movements have successfully pressured their government to embark on a historic process to "remake the roots of Ecuador’s economy and thereby begin the transition into a society of free and open knowledge."
On April 11, Carlos Mejía Orellana, a radio journalist and staff member at the Jesuit-sponsored community radio station Radio Progreso, was attacked and stabbed to death in his home in the town of El Progreso.
The following article was written by Eben Levey, an intern who is working with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns this year.
The following article was originally published in the December 2013 issue of El Quetzal, the newsletter of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission-USA. It was reprinted in the March-April 2014 NewsNotes.
Rick Dixon, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, reflects on the Christ child and the Magi in El Salvador.
Dan Moriarty is a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner who now coordinates the Maryknoll Bolivia Immersion Program.
This week's reflection is written by Kathy McNeely, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner and former staff member of Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by Christine Perrier, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner who served in Peru.
Chad Ribordy and his family are returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners who lived and worked in Brazil.
This reflection, by Father Dan McLaughlin, who lives and works in Brazil, is also found in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year (Year C), published by Orbis Books.
Bob Short, who served as a lay missioner in Ecuador in the 1980s, now coordinates the Maryknoll Affiliates, an international community.
Joanne Blaney has served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Brazil for many years and is currently working as the Mission Services Director for the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, based in New York.
Father Leo Shea has served as a missioner in several locations, most recently in Jamaica.
Father John Northrup writes about his mission experience in Mexico in this week's reflection.
Erica Olson, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner who lived and worked in El Salvador, writes this week's reflection.
Father Gene Toland has served the people of South America for many years; he writes this Sunday's reflection.