Love Your Neighbor

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  • Where are they now?

    by Julie Rattey

    Violet and her family “A BLESSING FOR VIOLET” In May 2010, we introduced Violet (last name withheld for privacy) and her family from Kenya. When Violet and her brother Wycliffe were children, their family’s house was burned and their father… read more

  • A new home for Amanda*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of Amanda (last name withheld for privacy). Information for this story was provided by Amanda and by Jamie Moody, LMSW, who is Amanda’s case manager and St. PJ’s Transitional Living Program supervisor.   “Mommy, … read more

  • Pedro and the 18th Street Gang*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on a story of a young man in El Salvador. Most names have been changed for privacy. Information for this story was provided by Irma Chávez, former director of RENEW International in El Salvador. The hot sun beat down on his back as Pedro, 24… read more

  • Rescue in Thailand*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of a young woman in Thailand. Some names have been changed for privacy. Information for this story was provided by Sister Anurak Chiayapheuk, coordinator of the Good Shepherd Youth Center in the province of Chiang Rai.   The… read more

  • David’s new job*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of David Turner. Information for this story was provided by David Turner; Jan Fuller, director of the Corporate Internship Program (CIP) at Holy Family Cristo Rey School in Birmingham, Alabama; and Joe Guillaume, executive vice president… read more

  • A new home for St. Mary’s*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of Don Clements and the parish of St. Mary’s in Lamar, Missouri. Information for this feature was provided by Don Clements and CCES. Additional information was found on the websites of The Joplin Globe and KOAM TV.   It was… read more

  • The Society of the Divine Word’s Work of Rehabilitation and Protection of Street Children (ORPER, in French)

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of Sarah (last name withheld for privacy). Other names have been changed for privacy.  Information for this story was provided by Sarah and Father Alpha Mazenga, SVD, director of ORPER.   It was almost time for bed, and… read more

  • Ave Maria: The school that changed Stephen’s life

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of Stephen Henley   The call came on a weekday in October, as Stephen and his girlfriend were on their way to Starbucks near their campus of Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. Stephen, 18, broke off his conversation with Krista… read more

  • The Glenmary Sisters give new hope for José

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of the Hernandez family. Information for this feature was provided by Sister Aida Badillo of the Glenmary Sisters.     “Papá...!”   Minerva’s lips choked out the word as she sank into her chair … read more

  • Haiti changed our parish…and my life

    by Julie Rattey

    As told by Jim McDaniel A man with desperation in his voice is calling out to me: “Jim, Jim, Jim!”   The man is a stranger in a Haitian prison cell. His prisonmates have stuck their hands through the openings in their cells, reaching out… read more