Honduras continues to experience the highest levels of violence in the world with 92 deaths per 100,000 people (compared to a global average of 6.9 per 100,000). Sadly, members of the Honduran police and military not only have been unable to decrease it, but are often themselves perpetrators of the violence.
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 is reprinted from the Trial of Efrain Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez website.
No More Deaths has circulated the following alert to respond to the death of 16-year old José Antonio Elena Rodriguez.
In the last few years, Ecuador has experienced a disturbing increase in government, police and military crackdowns on peaceful protests held against the exploitation of natural resources.
On March 19, Guatemala's former president Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez are going to trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for massacres committed against indigenous civilians in Guatemala's Ixil triangle.
Over the past year, Honduran indigenous and peasant people have been caught between the land grabbers and the "war on drugs."
On January 28, 2013 a Guatemalan judge ruled that former head of state Efrain Rios Montt would be tried for genocide in a domestic court.
Last summer, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), in conjunction with the SHARE Foundation, issued an invitation to religious women and all faith-based groups to participate in a delegation to El Salvador from November 29 to December 6.
The National Coalition of Environmental Networks in Honduras is calling for urgent solidarity TODAY in order to try to halt the final debate on a mining law that does not incorporate their proposals
In November the Guatemalan Bishops’ Conference issued a statement recognizing the current crises in Guatemala. Many of the points raised highlight the goals that the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns has outlined for our Sustainable Pathways to Peace and Inclusive Security (SPPS) program work
Statement from the Bishop’s Conference of Guatemala to all sisters and brothers of faith and to all Guatemalans of good will
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.