Newsletter November 16

We Rebuilt Our Preschool
Thanks to You!


Saint Mary’s Preschool burned to the ground last year, just four months after opening its doors to Vietnamese children in this small Cambodian village. Everything in the building, including all teaching materials and brand new equipment, was destroyed. The fire swept quickly through the homes of 97 families and displaced hundreds of people who are already unsettled as stateless residents of Cambodia.

But thanks to you, we rebuilt together! The new school uses bricks, a much safer building material, instead of wood for construction. The books, teaching materials and toys have been replaced. Since the children are too poor for these kinds of things in their homes, they come to play and have a good time together at the center. St. Mary’s Preschool is once again a popular destination for the young villagers of Chake Angre, Cambodia.

Sister Mary Little, M.M., who organizes education for the children in the village, writes:

“The preschool building of two classrooms has been completed. We moved, with the help of the children, from the rented house that we had been using since March. We have continued with the two preschool classes using the upstairs room and had opened a play center in the downstairs room for any of the children in the neighborhood who want to come.”

However, the new books and toys have recently been put aside to make room for a literacy center, where older children who have never even been to school can learn to read. The growing development of this vital service is just one example of how your donations contribute to the success of our missions. We continue to seek your support.

This Thanksgiving, we ask you to give these children, as well as other children in our mission countries, the opportunity for a better childhood. These are small steps that bring dignity and respect to people yearning to make life better for themselves.

Maryknoll Sister Mary Little visiting the Tu Taing pre-school for Vietnamese children living in Phnom Penh Cambodia, where they learn Khmer language in order to fit in better with Cambodian society.

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Maryknoll Sisters Breakfast Bread Recipe

Sad you can’t get our popular breakfast bread at our Bazaar? Don’t be, you can make it at home. The recipe below makes one loaf of bread.


2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup shortening-melted
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, nutmeg, shortening then remove 1/4 cup for crumbs.
  3. Once you remove mixture for crumbs, add egg, milk, baking soda, and baking powder and continue mixing.
  4. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Top with crumbs and bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.



Our Prayer for You

These have been lovely years
in which we have worked together
and my heart will always sing its hymn of gratitude,
to you,
for your patience, your faithfulness and your love,
and to God,
for having given us to each other in this glorious work
for the extension of God’s Kingdom.

– Mother Mary Joseph, Foundress

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