Love Your Neighbor

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  • Sister Severina in the Sudan*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of Sister Severina Motta, FdCC, Canossian missionary in the Sudan, and her interactions with a family whose names have been changed for privacy. Information for this feature was provided by Sister Severina.   Photo courtesy … read more

  • Maria and the Theatre of the Oppressed*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of “Maria,” a young woman whose name has been changed for privacy. Information for this feature was provided by Maria and by Flávio Rocha, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner. Photos by Kathleen Bond, Maryknoll Lay Missioner &… read more

  • 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