Showing posts from January, 2014

Floritas: A teacher's life is changed in Bolivia

Maureen Giusti  is a Catholic school teacher in Boston.  In the summer of 2013 she participated in a Maryknoll immersion trip to Bolivia.

Three little flowers are the smallest gift that has left the biggest impact on my life to this day. Three little flowers are what showed me the true gift of selflessness, acceptance, and humanity. Three little flowers are what showed me the true gift of seeing God in another human being.
When I first experienced the ‘tug’ at my heart to venture outside of the United States to experience God’s world and His people, I had no idea that my heart’s conversion would take place in the small city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. While reading an issue of Maryknoll Magazine one day, I stumbled across an article that mentioned a Catholic educator’s immersion trip that would be going to Bolivia the following summer. It was literally one sentence out of this whole magazine issue. And it was the biggest ‘God nod’ that I have ever ‘stumbled’ upon.
Being a person who is convi…

Interreligious Community Peace Pole Dedication

Perhaps you've seen a Peace Pole planted in a garden at a church, university, or other community location.  The Peace Pole Project is sponsored by the Interfaith Peace Project and the United Nations and they represent a community's commitment to bringing about peace. 
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and the neighboring Buddhist Temple (Compassion Meditation Center) have been given matching Peace Poles. 
Please join us in the blessing of the Peace Pole at the Buddhist Temple on Sunday, Jan. 19th at 11am located at 17327 Meekland Ave., Hayward (next to Colonial Acres School).  A group will walk over together from Maryknoll at 10:45am so feel free to meet us at either location.  Maryknoll's address is below.  
Save the Date!
The Maryknoll Peace Pole will be blessed on March 9th.  Stayed tuned for details.
Contact Kris at 510-276-5021 or at for more information.
Bring in the New Year with peace in your heart for our community and our world!

Maryknoll 2014 Mission Symposium--Going Forth with Joy: Mission in the Spirit of Jesus and Pope Francis

Maryknoll 2014 Mission Symposium Going Forth with Joy: Mission in the Spirit of Jesus and Pope FrancisJoin us for this extraordinary mission symposium with esteemed mission theologian Fr. Anthony Gittins.  

The words "mission" and "evangelization" are two of the most important -- and sometimes misunderstood -- notions that are foundational to the Church.  Join us as we probe their meaning as we look to Pope Francis and his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Guadium as a road map.  
Accepting Jesus' invitation to carry on his mission means creating and living a culture of encounter.  Fr Gittins will guide us in exploring the essential discipleship themes of pilgrimage, accompanying the poor, working in the margins and crossing borders.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9 am to 3 pm |  Lunch Included
Maryknoll Regional Mission House St. John the Baptist Parish 16642 Ashland Ave. | San Lorenzo, CA  94580
Coming Soon:  Register Online
Suggested Donation $40 
Limited Overnight Accommodati…

Family Beyond Borders, Reflection on an Immersion Trip To Juarez

Last Sunday, on the feast of the Holy Family, Deacon Herb Casey gave the following homily reflecting on his recent Maryknoll immersion trip to Juarez, Mexico/El Paso, TX.  The Gospel from last Sunday was about how Joseph, Mary and Jesus had to migrate to Egypt to flee prosecution by Herod.

This past November 28th (Thanksgiving Day), the Bishops along the Texas/New Mexico and Mexican border issued an Open Letter to all Catholics and All People of Good Will called “Family Beyond Borders”. I urge you all to read this document. It can be found on the USCCB web site.

It reads like this:
Since his election as Roman Pontiff, Pope Francis has often stated that our efforts to renew the Church will only have credibility when we become courageous Christians and seek out those on the margins who are most in need. The Holy Father has recognized the tragedy that involves millions of migrants on every continent; and the Holy Father has given expression to the Church’s responsibilities in their rega…