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Meet a Missionary: Br. Alexander Walsh, M.M. Print E-mail

Brother AlexCochabamba, Bolivia can be a sorrowful place for homeless children. Br. Alexander Walsh, a Maryknoll Missioner from our diocese, works at Amanecer to help street children find hope and new life. The word Amanecer means “daybreak” in Spanish, and “daybreak” is surely what Br. Alex’s mission is in Bolivia, bringing sunshine and a new day to children who would otherwise not have hope.

Children with little or no self-esteem, aggressive behavior or any other issues are rescued from the streets and taught that they can have a loving family, honest and dignified employment, and a welcoming home.

Bishop Christopher Michael Cardone, OP Print E-mail

Bishop CardoneI was born in Brooklyn on December 20, 1957, the second son and third-born of Helen and Nunzio Cardone. At age one, we joined the “exodus” to Long Island and moved to 74 Cherry Lane, Lynbrook and became members of the much-beloved parish of St. Raymond’s in East Rockaway.

I spent eight wonderful years at St. Raymond’s Parish School under the loving and wise direction of the IHM Sisters (Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters from Scranton, PA). They profoundly affected my vocation in that they were GREAT teachers, living a spirit-filled and very inspiring way of religious life that made me think about serving at the young age of 12 or 13. In seventh grade I read about a lay missionary who was a doctor in South East Asia and thought that was the BEST way to serve God!

Greetings from Panama Print E-mail
Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00

Sr. Barbara and Sr. DinaBorn in Brooklyn, New York, Sister Barbara Ozelski arrived to Panama in 1964 after her university studies to serve as an educator and to help patients infected with leprosy in the “Palo Seco” hospital.

From 1971 to 1985 she worked in the mountains of Volcan, Chiriqui in the creation of leaders and the Ecclesiastic base communities.

Sister Barbara's pastoral mission of helping the unemployed and abused women in Colon commenced in June of 1985 and continues to this day.

Sister Barbara is presently the Administrator of the MUCEC center in Colon.

Born in Colon, Republic of Panama Sister Dina Altamiranda, worked as an educator and served in the Panamanian education system for more than 12 years.

About Sister Barbara Ozelski, RSM Print E-mail

“In 2002, Greg Lafreniere, a writer for the Long Island Catholic, did a series of articles on the work of the Sisters of Mercy in Panama. In one article, Sister Barbara Ozelski, who has been in Panama for 41 years (now 49 years), is quoted as saying, “The story shouldn’t be about me. It should be about the people here, the Sisters of Mercy and the work that is being done.” Sr. Barbara has been Mercy in Panama and still continues to bring life and hope to Panamanians, especially women and children.
“I firmly believe that we all have a call to be critical to all that is oppressive”, Sr. Barbara notes. She arrived in Panama in 1964 for a five-year commitment to the people of Panama, and began by teaching at St. Mary’s Canal Zone School (for the children of the American Military). She wanted more involvement with the Panamanian people, and so after school, she began to work at the Leper Colony at Palo Seco, about 15 minutes from the Canal Zone. There she met Juan Salazar who had advanced leprosy. Their visits actually became a soul-sharing and they decided to be each others’ spiritual directors. For Barbara, it was a blessed experience-one that changed the direction of her life. Juan challenged her to move on to be more present to the people of Panama. He’d ask, “What can you do for the poor? They need you...and you need to be evangelized by them...” His question haunted Barbara.