Maryknoll Sisters June Appeal Sister-Mary Little, Cambodia

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St. Mary’s Preschool Destroyed by Fire

Please help us rebuild this community as well as many others around the world.

Just four months after opening its doors to Vietnamese children integrating with Cambodian society, Saint Mary’s Preschool burned to the ground. Everything in the building, including all the handmade teaching materials and brand new equipment, was destroyed. The fire swept quickly through this small village, taking the homes of 97 families and displacing many Vietnamese who are already unsettled as stateless residents of Cambodia.

Maryknoll Sister Mary Little organizes education for the most vulnerable of poor children — the ethnic Vietnamese — in this village of Chake Angre, Cambodia. With Sr. Mary’s help, these Vietnamese children learn Khmer, the language they’ll need to attend Cambodian public schools. They also study math, start to read and make friends for life.

This is just one of the many ways the Maryknoll Sisters serve in mission. As teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers, economists, environmentalists, and communicators, the Sisters bring healing and hope to marginalized communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 

 

What can you do?

Donate now. Your gift will enable Sister Mary to help the families and children affected by the devastating fire.  Your gift is more than a donation; you will help the families of this community and many others in our Missions throughout the world.

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Your monthly, quarterly or yearly contribution helps us plan and sustain our work. As a sponsor, you will receive a membership card, remembrance in our Friday prayers and special tribute at our annual Benefactors’ Mass. 

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Love is at the heart of prayer and the heart of mission.

The Power of Prayer

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“Love is at the heart of prayer and the heart of mission”
-Sister Theresa Baldini

Sister Theresa’s words are at the core of our Maryknoll spirituality. They bring to life our deep commitment to the Gospel message and to making God’s love visible in all our ministries.

Sister Theresa Baldini and Sister Madeline McHugh have amazing stories from their years in mission in Sudan. But before we share them, we want to tell you about a very important part of our congregation: the Maryknoll Sisters Contemplative Community. This prayer community became a reality in 1932 and continues strong today.

Prayer and sacrifice are at the heart of our contemplative community for Sisters Theresa and Madeline. Our Sisters who become a part of this community cherish silence and solitude. Silence helps create a listening attitude to God and the promptings of the Spirit. Solitude nurtures an inward journey – emphasizing our dependence on God and our union with all of humanity. Our Sisters’ contemplative way of life is simple, rooted in mission, and focused on the needs of others in active ministries around the world.

Sisters Madeline and Theresa went to Sudan at the invitation of Bishop Taban. As Sister Theresa states, “We saw the face and imprint of God in those who are handicapped, who have lost arms and legs because of the lethal shrapnel from the bombings. In the people, we have met the God who is continually healing wounds of despair and giving hope.”

Sister Theresa with Esther and her son Junior in Sudan.
Sister Theresa with Esther and
her son Junior in Sudan.

“We have learned through the suffering of the people that a salient part of being human is to see that no one suffers alone, that no pain goes unnoticed, and that no pain is without meaning. God’s signature is scrawled across the face of every person – every person’s life matters to God.” Catherine, you go with us every day – helping to make God’s love visible throughout the world as our partner in mission. In Sister Theresa’s words, “Like Jesus, we are called to be servants of love… and the presence of love is the essence of service.”

Please help us go forth in 2016 as nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers, environmentalists, contemplatives, and more. Your gift today will help our Sisters give voice to the poor, the ailing and the marginalized. Whatever gift you can give will be deeply appreciated.

May 2016 bring you peace and joy.

Healthcare shouldn’t be left up to chance.

Everyone is a winner in our cash raffle! You’ll have the chance to win prizes – $500, $250, $100 – while helping our Maryknoll Sisters provide healthcare to poor men, women and children around the world. In places like Peru, Tanzania, Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala and the United States, our Sisters bring medical and spiritual care to those who have nowhere else to turn.
Your raffle ticket will make their ministry possible. Talk about a win-win!

Here are some of the healthcare services your raffle tickets will help us provide:

  • care for those with HIV/AIDS
  • care for orphans, especially of parents with HIV/AIDS
  • nutrition education classes
  • training for healthcare workers who go to remote areas
  • medicines that complement local herbal remedies
  •  transportation of extremely ill patients to Maryknoll doctors and clinics nearby
  • establishment of new health clinics
  • holistic care
  • care for polluted land and water that endanger humans and animals
  • safe agricultural practices
  • mental health therapy, including PTSD support groups for those
  • suffering the effects of war, violence and extreme poverty
  • spiritual guidance and support

Your raffle ticket will ensure poor men, women and children get the medical care they need.

Will you help Maryknoll Sisters continue to provide a full array of healthcare services to people in need? Just send back your raffle tickets today. It’s so simple and yet so powerful.

Get your raffle tickets today. Here’s how:

Select your tickets below with a chance to win $500, $250 and $100. The drawing will be on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015.

I hope that you will want to contribute to the mission of our Sisters and the care of the poor. However, no purchase is required. Suggested donations are: $10 for a sheet of 12 tickets; $5 for six tickets, $1 for each single ticket. Winners will be notified by telephone and the prize money sent by check. Please select how many tickets you would like below. God bless you for joining us in this effort.

Gratefully,

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