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This Lent, consider the Pope Francis’ call to mission…James Havey has

March 29th, 2014by Mike Gable
Maryknoll missioners in Cambodia, L to R: Sr. Mary Little MM, Kathy Havey, James Havey MKLM, Sr. Julia Shideler MM, Sr. Helene O’Sullivan MM, Sr. Ann Sherman MM, Suzanne Scott MKLM

Maryknoll missioners in Cambodia, L to R: Sr. Mary Little MM, Kathy Havey, James Havey MKLM, Sr. Julia Shideler MM, Sr. Helene O’Sullivan MM, Sr. Ann Sherman MM, Suzanne Scott MKLM

In recent his recent letter, Evangelii Gaudium,  the Holy Father reminds that:

 “By virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients. The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized. Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.”

So this Lent, the Archdiocesan Mission Office, invites you to mission work near or far, short or long term.  Consider the example of James Havey of Wilmington, Ohio who now serves with the Maryknoll Lay and Sister Missionaries in Cambodia.  (insert his photo(s) I sent earlier?)

James writes about his ministry….

“After finishing my full-time language school last July, I decided to work with an organization called Love 146 (www.love146.org).  It is an anti-human trafficking organization that does a lot of work in research and outreach within the sex industry here in Phnom Penh.  Before becoming my full-time mission, I assisted in many projects with Love 146.  First, I helped direct a documentary following the stories of four transgender sex workers here in Phnom Penh.  This is a very marginalized population with lives full of violence and exploitation.  We hope that with sharing their stories, and people learning about them, there will be a larger movement to help build their lives into ones of security and happiness.  I have also been assisting in the development of a transgender outreach program.  It is a new program that seeks to build relationships and trust with this population so that we can connect them with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who have the capacity to provide them education and job opportunities so they do not have to sell themselves to make ends meet.”

If you wish to support James in his ministry or wish more information about missionary service, contact, me, Dr. Mike Gable, or Teresa Phillip of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. We can provide for advice, discernment, and possible support at: mission@catholiccincinnati.org. Check out our website at catholiccincinnati.org/mission

If you want to know more about the 200 U.S. Catholic organizations seeking short or long term volunteers or lay missioners to serve in the U.S. or overseas between the ages of 18 and 75, visit: www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org.

Mike Gable

Dr. Mike Gable is the Director of the Mission Office for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and enjoys encouraging others to "taste" the many "flavors" of God through various cultures.