A statement by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Maryknoll missioners around the world feel the impact of social injustice and see its effects in the communities were they live and work. Flowing from their ministries of presence and accompaniment, as well as from the concrete programs and projects in which Maryknollers participate, we engage in the hard work of identifying root causes of social and economic injustice. With a particular focus on the geographical regions where Maryknoll is present, as well as on structural or systemic injustice affecting women, children, indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees and people with HIV and AIDS, we join with others of like mind to identify potential pathways to social transformation and to move our world in that direction.
On November 20, 14 Catholic organizations, including the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, sent a statement to members of Congress regarding the Syrian refugee crisis and the need to welcome Syrian refugees.
Maryknoll recognizes the great importance of the publication of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the use of torture, which details terrible acts of horrific brutality.
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International news agencies have reported in recent weeks that thousands of people in Myanmar who identify as religious and ethnic minorities and face severe restrictions inside the mainly Buddhist country have fled to the border with Bangladesh to escape fighting between the military and armed members of minority groups, only to be turned back by the Bangladeshi border guards. Faith groups in the U.S. were scheduled to deliver the following letter to Congress in early September in an attempt to halt a provision in a current defense authorization bill that would increase U.S. military cooperation with the government of Myanmar.
This week's reflection is written by Kathy McNeely, who is currently a staff member with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Kathy spent several years in Guatemala as a lay missioner.
This week's reflection was prepared by Fr. Tom Tiscornia, who has served the people of Sudan/South Sudan for many years.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by lay missioner Christine Perrier.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by Chris Bodewes, who served as a lay missioner in Kenya.
This reflection, by Fr. Dan McLaughlin (Brazil), is also found in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year (Year C).
Fr. Leo Shea has served as a missioner in several locations, most recently in Jamaica.
Fr. John Northrup wrote this reflection in 2010; it is also published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year (Year C), available from Orbis Books.
Erica Olson recently returned to the U.S. after serving as a Maryknoll lay missioner in El Salvador.
Fr. Gene Toland has served the people of South America for many years; he writes this Sunday's reflection.
This week's reflection is written by Christine Perrier, a former lay missioner who continues to live and work in Peru.
In this reflection, Sr. Theresa Baldini remembers women she encountered in South Sudan.