- Oct 27, 2020
In Guatemala, a determined Belgian missionary named Jean-Marie Boxus, so dedicated to serving his people that he spent years as a volunteer fire-fighter, joined forces with a non-profit organization called World Neighbors, which believes in “getting to the little guy in the rice paddy,” to promote development and self-reliance among small farmers.
In the middle of the 20th century, a French Jesuit and missionary in Madagascar named Father Henri de Laulanié pioneered an approach to expanding rice crops called “System of Rice Intensification.” It’s derided by some others in the field as a collection of folk practices rather than real science, but it lives on, including in a Nepal project by “World Neighbors,” a non-profit organization devoted to promoting sustainable agriculture.
Mildred Moy of Vancouver, Canada, left her high-paying job to start Catholic Street Missionaries to recruit more people to be full-time street missionaries. The key to making a difference, according to Moy, is to remember that “people on the street are just like everyone else.”
The Diocese of Mendi in Papua New Guinea is young. When the first missionaries came to the area in the mid-1950s there were no Catholics. The diocese now has 80,000 Catholics – around 10 percent of the population.
At a time when our society is discussing and debating health care, social assistance and immigration, it could help us to look at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. When our country was in a similar transition in a different era, Mother Cabrini didn’t look around wondering who was going to do something. Rather, Mother rolled up her sleeves, stepped out, and began great work among those in need.
Italian missionary Father Bruno Rossi never expected that his passion for good coffee could become an instrument for evangelization in Thailand’s rural highland. Today his ‘Caffe Bruno,’ a blend born from Thai coffee beans mixed with Italian artistry, converts not only palates but also souls.