Monthly Archives: November 2013

World AIDS Day: Join the 24-hour prayer vigil

Maryknoll missioners have worked in ministries focused on persons living with HIV and AIDS since the early 1980s, before the extent of the pandemic would be known, long before the loss of millions of lives from AIDS.

In the ensuing years, Maryknollers have accompanied people dying of AIDS, worked with children orphaned by AIDS, supported women and girl children who are at risk of violence or sexual abuse, and witnessed the direct impact of debt, trade issues and poverty on societies being decimated by AIDS.

World AIDS Day is December 1 — Join the 24-hour vigil to pray for those living with HIV and AIDS and for those whose lives were cut short due to HIV or AIDS; the vigil will begin at 12 AM Eastern Standard Time (U.S.) on December 1.


Pope Francis addresses “globalization of indifference”

The following reflection by Fr. Dave Schwinghamer, MM was published in the November-December 2013 NewsNotes.

TZ07_0014On July 1, over 300 Eritrean and Somali asylum-seekers drowned one half mile from the coast of Italy. When their fishing boat caught fire and sank near the island of Lampedusa they had travelled between 2,500-3,000 miles from their home countries in the Horn of Africa. The news of this tragedy moved Pope Francis to make a personal visit to Lampedusa to offer his sympathy and to show his solidarity to the survivors and to the Italians who pulled them from the Mediterranean Sea. In a short but moving homily during a mass for those who had drowned, Francis called attention to one of the major challenges of the 21st century: the growing indifference to human suffering that has arisen in part as a result of globalization.


Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Read about Mission Life Experiences of Lay Missioners serving people living in poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Learn about the following ministries

    • Education and Leadership Training
    • Faith Formation/Pastoral Care
    • Healthcare and Health Promotion
    • Justice & Peace
    • Sustainable Development


Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2013

Pope Francis’ reflection on Mission during the Year of Faith, calls us to see how “the Church’s missionary spirit is…the testimony of a life that illuminates the path, which brings hope and love.”


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