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Bearing Light to the World’s Darkest Places

Use #GivingTuesday to Support Women & Infants in Guatemala Who Need Our Help

Fr. Randy     Nov 28, 2016 2:09:00 PM

This #GivingTuesday, our goal is to provide concrete signs of Christ’s love to the women and children of rural Guatemala. We recently caught up with Fr. Maxi Charitable Derisseau, a CICM missionary in Guatemala and founder of  the Bethany Maternal Child Center of San Benito Lachúa, and asked him about the needs of the women,...


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3 Ways to Support Women in Guatemala This Thanksgiving

Fr. Randy     Nov 23, 2016 12:44:32 PM

While Americans are the only ones who will be celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday, as Catholics we celebrate an even more profound “thanksgiving” (eucharistia in Greek) each time we attend Mass, whether we’re in Grand Rapids or Guatemala.

At Mass, we offer our hearts, minds, souls, and lives to Christ in thanksgiving for...


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Support Pregnant Women and New Mothers in Guatemala This Thanksgiving

Fr. Randy     Nov 22, 2016 11:40:28 AM

In the developed world, we rarely worry about infant and maternal mortality rates due to our advanced medical care. In fact, in the US, the infant mortality rate (IMR) is currently 6.2 deaths per 1,000 live births. Contrast that number with Guatemala’s IMR of 27.8, and you begin to see why our missionaries in Guatemala,...


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The Poverty Crisis in Guatemala — And What We Can Do about It

Fr. Randy     Apr 14, 2016 9:55:30 AM

The Poverty Crisis

Guatemala has both the highest population and the biggest economy in Central America. However, it has  some of the worst poverty, malnutrition and mortality rates in the region, principally in its rural, indigenous (largely Mayan) areas. A majority of the people don’t benefit from the supposedly improving...


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The Caresses of the Mission

Fr. Charitable Derisseu     Jan 29, 2016 3:01:00 PM

In early 2013, I arrived at the parish of El Calvario in the diocese of Verapaz. After some 14 years of commitment to the missionary ministry in Mexico, I dedicated myself completely to the observation and discovery of my new mission field in Guatemala.

I spent a long time learning the local language and familiarizing myself...


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Missionhurst Missionaries build Catholic communities in frontier situations: places where the gospel is not preached or lived. This blog is about their work in the four corners of the globe, and their holistic work in four areas of focus: relief and healthcare, socio-economic development, education, and pastoral work.

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