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Joy Complete

Joy Complete by Don M.

I had only two issues with the immersion trip to Jamaica. One, it was over before I had a chance to unpack the last can of mosquito spray. Two, the natives continually misspelled the name of their own country.

Absurd! Embarrassing!
Well, regardless of their insistence, I prefer my version: Joymaica.
There was no shortage of joy during our one-week excursion. It wasn’t only seen and heard; it was felt. It penetrated the depths of my soul and settled there, shaking me from my slumber. I can run down a long list of things we have at home that Jamaica doesn’t. But what Jamaica has and demonstrates in abundance—unashamedly and indisputably—is joy.
It is a classic case of quality over quantity. Throw out all the numbers. The 4% Catholics in Jamaica. The 95% of children born to single mothers. They matter, sure. But then they don’t. Back home, we are too process-oriented in our parishes. Everything has to go according to the book. You know, basically the kind of stuff t…

What's it like to go on an immersion trip to Jamaica?

Visit the link below to hear a great interview on the Sacramento Diocese Bishop's radio program by Rosina Hendrickson who recently returned from an immersion trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.  The interview starts at about 3:40 minutes.  You'll feel as though you were there! Let us know if you are interested in an immersion experience with Maryknoll!

What seventh-graders can learn, and teach us, by becoming missionary disciples

What seventh-graders can learn, and teach us, by becoming missionary disciples
Seventh graders from Our Lady of Lourdes School in Vancouver worked on a community farm as part of their Mission Institute experience. Photo: Courtesy Our Lady of Lourdes School, Vancouver
Written by Louis McGill
Published in NW Stories
On a gray day last December, Rachel Hammes was busy getting her hands dirty.

The seventh-grader and her classmates from Our Lady of Lourdes School in Vancouver were working hard, picking turnips and radishes at Clark County’s 78th Street Heritage Farm. Now Rachel was pulling carrots from the earth and placing them in a bucket so they could be cleaned, packed, and taken to the county’s food bank — sent on their way to feed the hungry in southwestern Washington.

“It was really cool how many people besides our class were there to help volunteer and help to make a difference and help the people who are hungry,” Rachel said.

For Rachel a…