A Long Distance Friend

Posted by Holly Benner on Sep 30, 2022 10:16:37 AM

Greetings and welcome back to Holly’s Headlines! I hope that everyone had a well-deserved, fun and relaxing summer. While everyone uses their downtime during the summer season differently, summertime for me is always used to play catch-up with long distance friends. Personally, I enjoy reaching out the “old fashioned way” – by handwriting a letter. While writing these letters this summer to my old friends, I found myself thinking about my African pen pal named Lilian. Throughout my years working in Africa I have met hundreds of children of all ages and backgrounds. I’ve encountered children who were healthy, children who were sickly and starving, children with families, and children who were orphaned. My encounters with all of these children brought me equal amounts of joy. However, there was one little girl in particular that really stuck out in the crowd.

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Topics: Catholic Missions, children in need donate, children in education, world mission month, help the Pope's missions, prayer, sacrifice, Kenya, Africa

'Surviving' the Seminary

Posted by Holly Benner on Jun 29, 2022 4:58:25 PM

As a Catholic of only 23 years, I have participated in many different groups and organizations to try and find my niche in the Church. One of my favorite Catholic organizations that I have been a member of is the Serra Club. The Serra Club and its members are devoted to promoting vocations to the priesthood and Religious life.

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Topics: Catholic Missions, help the Pope's missions, prayer, sacrifice, Kenya, Africa, priestly ordination, Society of St. Peter Apostle, seminarians

The Missionary Domino Effect

Posted by Holly Benner on May 27, 2022 10:01:07 AM

This past month we marked the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the first of the Pontifical Mission Societies, as well as the beatification of Pauline Jaricot, whose vision led to the founding of that Pope’s mission society.

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Topics: Catholic Missions, help the Pope's missions, prayer, sacrifice, Kenya, Africa, MCA, Missionary Childhood Association, Pauline Jaricot, Beatification

'My Valentine'

Posted by Holly Benner on Feb 7, 2020 1:27:14 PM

"So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Love is a global phenomenon, and Valentine's Day is celebrated in fascinating and different ways around the world, even in mission countries.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Africa was one of the most memorable holidays that I had experienced there. It was the day I met "my valentine," or at least that was the name that I gave to her. Early in the morning on Valentine’s Day, I drove with a few Sisters into the city of Nairobi, Kenya, which was about 45 minutes from the Ongata Rongai slum area where I was staying. Our mission that day was to purchase roses to hand out to the local women.

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Topics: Catholic Missions, mission visit, missionaries, Valentine's Day, My Valentine, Kenya, dozen roses, roses

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