Showing posts from March, 2011

Singing at Glendevon, Montego Bay, Jamaica


Signs of Hope


God is Good, All the Time

(Below is a talk on faith given to students at Assumption-St. Bridget School in Seattle, WA)
--- I used to teach in Birmingham, AL. Who knows where Alabama is? Who has been to Alabama? In Alabama, and in other places around the South, there is a popular saying: "God is good, all the time." If you are a Christian in Alabama, and I said to you, "God is good," you would probably respond back, "All the time." And if I were to say to you, "All the time," you would probably know to say, "God is good."
--- Now, this is a nice thing to say, but a very hard thing to feel and believe sometimes. "Really? God is good ALL the time?" How can God be good all the time if my life doesn't seem good all the time? How can God be good all the time if bad things happen to me? Raise your hand if something bad has ever happened to you? I know that I have. I have had people lie about me, gossip about me, try to hurt me. Raise your hand if anyone has…

News from Maryknoll Fr. Richard Czajkowski on Japan after the earthquake

I thank you so very much for your kind and love-filled e-mail!  Time is short this will be just a short note.  Surely the super giant earthquake and tidal waves have been truly unbelievable - so many many deaths, missing persons (at least 16,000 plus), destruction of lands, houses, families, businesses, roads, etc.

I survived with "a colorful face" -  as the family I reside with and I were fleeing to a higher level of land, along the way, we had to walk rapidly for about 4 or 5 miles; when crossing a street I fell down, banging the right side of my head and face on the ground - resulting in a big black/blue right eye, a partial black/blue left eye and a slight bruise on my face, besides the bump on the forehead.  No pain and no damage to my eyesight.  Two doctors have said that "the black/blue" will go away naturally.  So, praise God, nothing to worry about.  
We are concerned about more strong earthquakes - with our necessary belongings at the front door …

Report from Japan from Maryknoller Missioner Fr. Jim Mylet, MM

I am Father Jim Mylet, A Maryknoller, ordained in 1975. I was born and raised in St. Margaret's Parish on Queen Anne Hill attending St. Margaret's Grade School and graduating from O`Dea High School. I first came to Japan as a seminarian in 1970. I work in the northern island of Hokkaido where we presently have a couple of feet of snow around the rectory. I am pastor of two Japanese parishes and diocesan coordinator for migrant ministry.Our Diocese (Sapporo) consists of all the island of Hokkaido、population of about 5,8 million people (roughly equivalent to the population of Washington I believe) with about 17,300 Japanese Catholics and about 2,100 foreign Catholics. All the parishioners here and I are physically okay. but depressed by the overwhelming devastatiopn dealt to our nation. There really are no accurate figures on the deceased and missing since whole towns were swept out to sea. The estimates are that the death toll will be well over 10,000, but nobody really knows si…

Maryknoll Sister Recognized

Sr. Jean Fallon, MM, was recently recognized as a distinguished alumna of Holy Names Academy in Seattle. Read more about Sr. Jean below, as well as her words of acceptance of this honor.

"As a Maryknoll sister, [Sister Jean] studied Japanese at the Yale University Institute of Foreign Languages.For 23 years she found something worth living for in her parish ministry in the Kyoto diocese.She was energized by her participation in the World Awareness Group that fostered a better understanding of global situations.She was enthused by her work with the Nuclear Issues Committee.She continued to move ahead with her passion for justice when she returned to the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and through her involvement with the United Nations...Since 2005 to 2011, Sister Jean has travelled to Palestine several times and lived with the Christian Peacemaker Team in learning to understand wh…

Maryknollers in Japan ok. Ways to help through Maryknoll

A MASSIVE 8.9 EARTHQUAKE struck Japan Friday March 11, 2011 followed by a tsunami that washed away homes, property and thousands of people.  More than 50 countries that surround the Pacific Rim have also been affected.

We have received word that all our Maryknoll missioners are fine, although the teams in Sapporo and Tokyo reported feeling the effects of the earthquake and the continuing aftershocks. Maryknoll has had a mission presence in Japan since 1933.  Currently Maryknoll Fathers Regis Ging, William Grimm, Roberto Rodriguez, Alfonso Kim and John Brinkman are stationed in the Tokyo Archdiocese. Fathers James Jackson, Bryce Nishimura, Joseph Hamel and Robert Nehrig are assigned to the Kyoto Diocese. Fathers James Mylet, Francis Riha,  Joseph Hermes and Kenneth Sleyman work in the Sapporo Diocese. 

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be assessing the devastation in its totality, to determine where the Society can best provide help as the situation develops.  Because of the cascading…

Holy Names Peace and Justice Day 2011

On Thursday, March 10th, Holy Names Academy held it's annual "Peace and Justice Day" on campus. For those of you that don't know, Holy Names Academy (HNA) is an all-girls high school in Seattle that was founded in 1880. A few Maryknoll sisters are graduates of HNA, including Sr. Jean Fallon, MM, who did mission work in Japan and was recently honored as a distinguished alumna of the school. Fr. Thomas J. Marti, MM, the director of our Maryknoll Mission House in Seattle, was invited to speak, and I had the honor of accompanying him.

The entire vibe of this day, not to mention the school itself, was inspiring from the get-go. As Tom and I wandered the halls in search of the sign-in desk, a student quickly noticed our confusion and offered to help. As we walked to the desk, many students greeted us with smiles and "hellos," and I was surprised at how welcoming the students at the school were. The student assigned to lead us around, a junior by the name of Angela…

Mission Education Ideas and Tips from Veteran Missioner Br. John Blazo

Check out these great ideas and tips from veteran mission educator and Maryknoll brother, John Blazo, in Catechist Magazine:

Teaching beyond Borders by John Blazo, M.M.CATECHIST Magazine - Article Archive

My Problem with Lent

I had breakfast today with my good friend who is a Church historian and he was telling about the Lenten regulations from the early 1900’s about when to fast, abstain, eat, etc.    This weekend, I had been thinking about what I planned to do this Lent.   While I certainly appreciate the freedom that we have to tailor our Lenten renewal and not have to follow a strict regiment, I began to think more about the whole Lenten experience and how it fits in with big picture, and particularly how it connects with mission.
I find myself sometimes thinking of Lent as primarily a personal renewal program.    There is certainly some need for that and ongoing personal conversion and renewal are essential and important.   But I think that there is a problem if that is all there is.   Personal conversion and growth are only one part of the Gospel.   It’s never solely about our own relationship with God.   I’m reminded of that in the parable of the final judgment in Matthew 25 involving the sheep and g…