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Jehova Jirah! God provides!
God has always provided wonderful leadership and volunteer support for the Partnership in Mission over the years. Still, knowing that some of our staff were preparing to retire and/or move on to other ministries caused some level of anxiety. How would we carry on? But our prayers once again have been amazingly answered. While no one who ever serves with the Partnership in Mission can ever be replaced, God has a way of doing a "new thing."
Please join me in thanking God and welcoming our newest leaders and volunteers.
Dominican Sister Steps in as New Missions Administrator
My name is Sister Mary Carr. I am a Dominican from Adrian Michigan. It is my privilege to be stepping into Art Sheridan's very capable "shoes" as Administrator of Partnership in Mission.
After being a Pastoral Associate in both Carol Stream and Homer Glen for many years, I decided I wanted to change ministries. As a result of multiple mission trips to Africa, Sucre and the Dominican Republic, I felt called to an international ministry with God's poor. To prepare for a change in ministries I went back to school to study International Development.
After these studies I had an opportunity to Intern at the United Nations in Human Rights for the Dominican Order. The Human Rights issues being discussed during this internship were discrimination against women and child rights. It was an enriching experience for which I will always be grateful.
Another internship found me in Washington DC with the Maryknoll Global Office. Being involved in the national scene was an eye-opener. I had the opportunity to visit Senate Committee meetings which gave me a different perspective. Advocacy was very much a part of the internship.
Between these various opportunities, I have spent the last five years with Refugee families from Africa and Bhutan. They have taught me so much about life and have touched my heartstrings. They are a hopeful people who are struggling with their new world.
It is with delight that I begin this new ministry with the Peace and Social Justice Office.
Kevin O'Donnell Named New University Mission to Sucre Bolivia Coordinator
I have been working in college campus ministry since 1995 and particularly with the Diocese since 2002. Immersion into a different culture, the preparation for and processing of the mission is something I value very much- for what it does for me and for what I am able to witness in others.
I've accompanied various types of trips to Mexico, Australia, Spain and I teach a course in Rome for Elmhurst College. I am doctoral student at Catholic Theological Union and live in Lockport with my wife and two children who will be joining me in Bolivia next year.
Jean DeLio Volunteers to Help Find Volunteers
As Helen Bill's new side kick I come to the Diocese of Joliet with a bit o crazy and a lot of good intent.
I started volunteering in 1998. My husband and I were the first medical team during Hurricane Mitch in Honduras. I was captivated! I have done Medical service yearly since.
A fortunate soul was I to hook up with the Diocese of Joliet to participate in 2009 for their annual Kenyan Mission. I was hooked!
Having a blast on that trip and meeting the people of Kenya and those I worked and traveled with, I knew I would be returning ...but when?
When Helen reported she was "retiring" I quickly applied and, much to my good fortune, she will hold my hand until I get the job done correctly.
None of us will let her leave and so I will have her brain to pick for years to come. She will hang around and work on the incredible storage room.
I am already enjoying my days with the gang from the Peace and Social Justice team. The entire building has welcomed me with open arms making my short time here a pleasure and exciting to return weekly.
Do you like adventure? Do you love to travel? Do you wish you could find that special group to volunteer your talents? Give me a shout ~ we are recruiting for the Philippines!
Jean Marie DeLio Family Nurse Practitioner
Newest Medical Missions Recruiter