“New Mission, New Hope”

24. October 2013 prayer, Priests & Nuns 0
Several years ago, as I walked with Sr. Gina through the streets of Manila, she was leading a motley crew of street kids to a classroom, where she lovingly taught them. She’d borrowed the classroom from a local school; she’d obtained the curriculum from the Philippines government — and she’d recruited her students straight from ...

Divine Calling

18. July 2013 Priests & Nuns 0
After seven years as a nurse in the Philippines, Myrna did not feel fulfilled. Something was missing.  She asked the Lord for direction. Should she get married and start a family? Or should she become a nun?  She asked that if God wanted her to become a nun, he would send someone to encourage her. ...

Healthy Child, Happy Nun

Sr. Marge loves to see little children enjoying their lunch at the Lady of the Star Nursery in the Philippines. These children come from extremely destitute families and begin preschool gravely malnourished.  Throughout the year, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary not only provide early education and a hearty meal, but they also treat many of ...

Blind chess?

04. July 2013 children 0
At first glance, you might never guess that these girls engaged in a scrappy game of chess are blind. They know the feel of the chess pieces, and they’re playing on a special board. See the holes in each square?  Sr. Luan, who runs the home for blind girls in Vietnam, is amazed by the ...

Staying in School

She couldn’t take it anymore. Sixteen-year-old Suyen had been helping her ill mother with housework and her father with farming — plus riding her bicycle to school 12½ miles each way. Something had to give. “The school is too far from home. Most of my friends dropped out of school for that reason,” she said.  ...

Achieving More Together

Here are some moving insights from the administrator of Carmen Pampa University, one of our ministry partners. It was founded by a Franciscan nun to serve the needs of poor but hardworking high school graduates from rural areas of Bolivia, the poorest country on the South American continent. We all imagine being part of something ...

Crazy Obedience

14. March 2013 prayer, Saint 0
When Pat was a teen, he was kidnapped, taken to an island and forced to serve a warlord. Six grueling years later, a voice whispered to him in his sleep, “Your hungers are rewarded. You are going home. Look, your ship is ready!” Pat soon escaped to a ship and made it off the island. ...