The following statement was approved on September 6, 2006 by Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers General Council, the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic Congregational Leadership Team, and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners Association Leadership Team.
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.
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These policy goals are endorsed by 23 faith-based organizations and have been sent to the White House, USAID and the State Department.
A scripture reflection on Our Lady of Guadalupe, written by Sr. Esther Pineda of Pax Christi USA's National Council.
This prayer of thanksgiving is written by Jane Deren, senior advisor for the Center of Concern's Education for Justice project.
Write to Guatemalan authorities to ask for an independent investigation into the actions taken by military forces on October 4 which resulted in the deaths of six people and injuries of over 40.
From SOA Watch: This past Saturday and Monday (September 22-24), two human rights lawyers, Antonio Trejo and Eduardo Diaz, were brutally murdered in Honduras, bringing to over 60 the number of victims caught in the struggle for life and land in the Bajo Aguan in Honduras. The debate over the production of food for families versus bio-fuels for corporations has reached a high note.
The U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign applauded the introduction in Congress of a bill that would impose a tax on Wall Street speculation. Introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, would raise up to $350 billion in annual revenues that would be used to breathe new life into Main Street communities across the U.S., as well as international health, sustainable prosperity and environmental programs.
After nearly 30 years, Efrain Ríos Montt finally will face trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. Ríos Montt was Guatemala's president for 17 months during 1982 to 1983, when at least 1,771 people were killed, 1,445 raped and nearly 30,000 displaced, the bloodiest period of the country's brutal 36-year civil war. The following article was published in the March-April 2012 NewsNotes.
The following piece, published in the July-August 2012 NewsNotes, is an update from an article by Sarah Anderson with the Institute for Policy Studies, published in the March-April 2012 NewsNotes.
Kathy Morefield, a Maryknoll Affiliate serving in Cambodia, wrote the following reflection.
Fr. Paul Masson has served as a missioner in Chile and on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Kathy McNeely served as a Maryknoll lay missioner in Guatemala in the 1990s. She subsequently worked with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Br. John Beeching has spent years in Thailand, and share many beautiful reflections about living his Christian life surrounded by Buddhism.
Bob Short, who served as a lay missioner in Ecuador in the 1980s, now coordinates the Maryknoll Affiliates, an international community.
Sr. Ann Hayden has served as a missioner in Central America; she will wrap up her six-year term on the Maryknoll Sisters' Congregational Leadership Team in the fall of 2014.
After serving as a lay missioner in Guatemala in the 1990s, Kathy McNeely was a member of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns staff for many years.
Dan Moriarty is a former Maryknoll lay missioner who works with Maryknoll's immersion program in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
This week's reflection is written by Angel Mortel, who served along with her family as a lay missioner in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sr. Teresa Dagdag, MM recently finished her term as executive co-secretary of the Commission on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the Union of Superiors General in Rome. She continues to work as a JPIC promoter in Rome.
Gerry Lee, who spent 10 years in Venezuela as a Maryknoll lay missioner, now serves as director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Sam Stanton is the executive director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. He served as a missioner in Chile for 19 years.