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Where in the world will you discover God's joy? 2017 Immersion Trips

Where in the world will you discover God's joy? Greetings!
"Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others".     Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel 
The most frequent comments we hear from people who have been on a mission immersion trip are that it was "live changing" and "transformative." More than ever, we need to reach out across borders and immerse ourselves in global solidarity.
Join us on an adventure of a lifetime to Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, El Paso/Juarez and San Francisco. Experience the true Joy of the Gospel that comes from an inter-cultural encounter with our brothers and sisters around the world.     
Yours in Mission, Deacon Matt Dulka
Upcoming Immersion Trips - discover your next trip below!
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Why this Lent I will shift my focus from my personal sin to my social sin

For most of my life, my Lenten practice has focused on addressing my personal sins. As my family and friends will testify, I certainly need ongoing work in that area. But this Lent, I want to do something different. I’ve been inspired by what Pope Francis has been preaching but disturbed by what’s going on in the world, so this year, I plan to focus on my social sins.

By social sins, don’t mean bad things I’ve said on Facebook or at parties. Rather, I mean my involvement in sinful and evil social-political-economic structures. In Catholic Social Teaching, we have a rich tradition that teaches that because we are all interconnected, personal sins can become collective sins that infect social structures. (See John Paul II, Sollicitudo rei Socialis 35-37).

Lent is a penitential season that provides the opportunity for us to grieve our sins, seek forgiveness, make amends and move beyond our mistakes. A time to grow into the person God hopes us to be and find our place in the crea…

Love your enemy: It's the very nature of love.

From her death bed, the wife called her husband and said,
"One month after I die I want you to marry Sandy."
"Sandy! But she is your enemy!" he replied.
"Yes, I know that! I've suffered all these years so let her suffer now."
Most of us, sadly, go through life with no matter how hard we try, few people seem still to hate us. There are people at work who are jealous of us or have set themselves against us. There are people in our families who hold grudges against us for some mysterious reason that we can never understand. And there are people who seem to dislike us or wish us ill for no good reason. It’s a sad and hard part of human life. And when we hear Jesus telling us to love our enemies, it seems to make things even harder. "You have heard it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”Obviously, Jesus is trying to break us from the law of justice: an eye …

Looking Backward to Move Forward: Welcoming the Stranger

At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by a culture of fear and division, especially towards immigrants and refugees, we are called to stand up for human dignity.

Maryknoll's commitment to standing with the stranger in our midst touches the United States in a distinct way. In the first half of the 20th Century, Maryknoll administered a parish serving Japanese and Filipino Americans in my hometown of Seattle. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, our parishioners of Japanese descent were viewed as a threat by the US Government - evicted by executive order from their homes and forced to live in internment camps. Our Maryknoll priest, sisters, and brothers followed them to the Minidoka camp in Idaho, continuing to accompany and serve them. Once released and having lost their homes, many relocated to Chicago. Their pastor, Maryknoll Fr. Leopold Tibesar (native of Quincy, IL), relocated with them.

From the moment that I joined Maryknoll's mission education team in Seattle, t…