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Help Amid DevastationMaureen Crowley Heil

Traveling by road in the missions can be challenging, to say the least. Roads are often not paved, just hard packed dirt. The potholes make ours look like pinpricks! They force drivers to perform a delicate ...

Feel the Beat! Maureen Crowley Heil

We've all been there -- we go to our favorite restaurant or hang out spot and something has changed. It used to be a place for relaxation and talking with friends or family. Suddenly, there is different ...

Witnessing a Miracle Worker in the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

Many of us know the story of Helen Keller, the American author and disability rights advocate. Maybe you read about her early life or learned about it from watching the movie The Miracle Worker. We know ...

Different Yet the Same -- Part Two Maureen Crowley Heil

As noted in my last posting, attending Mass in the missions can be an experience that is all at once familiar and different. While the order of the Mass is the same, I can always count on learning something ...

Different Yet the SameMaureen Crowley Heil

One of the great privileges of my mission ministry is to worship with people in their own languages and cultures. Here in the Archdiocese of Boston, we bring as many of our cultural communities together ...

The Growth of the Young Faith in Malawi Maureen Crowley Heil

When a white van pulled into the courtyard of Chitula Parish in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, Malawi at the beginning of December 2023, the reception was so joyful, so raucous, that you could be forgiven ...

Listening to the Children of the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

While visiting Saint John's School in Lilongwe, Malawi last December, there were many impressive things. One, of course, was the size of their classes; on average, a teacher had at least one hundred ...

Providing Education for the Future of Malawi Maureen Crowley Heil

If you're a person of a certain age, as I am, you may remember sitting in a classroom with all your friends. Mine was a Catholic school, and until we matriculated to junior high, each grade had only ...