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Sister Marie Cooper

Sr. Marie currently serves as Program Director and Project Leader for the Why Catholic? and RENEW Africa. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Province of USA & Canada. Sr. Marie is trained in spiritual direction and retreat work.

 

The story of the woman of Samaria (John 4:4-42) who met Jesus at a well is familiar to us. She is the one that engaged Jesus in a lengthy conversation that moved from drawing water to praying on the mountaintop and finally to the coming of the messiah, at which point she received the astounding […]

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In Part I of this blog about a strong woman of Africa, I mentioned that in 2004 I sensed that Maggy would not stop with the orphanage in Burundi, and I began telling you the story of the expansion of Maison Shalom (House of Peace) which I visited in 2008.   During my 2008 visit, […]

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Marguerite—Maggy, as she’s called—creates oases, drawing from a deep well of faith that allows the waters of God’s love to flow into the desert of the Burundian province of Ruyigi to make it bloom.   I first met Maggy in 2004 when RENEW International began its partnership with the bishops of the country to provide […]

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At an early age, I learned from my mother and grandmother that Jesus has a great heart and wants to embrace us in his love. They introduced me to devotion to the Sacred Heart. A picture of the Sacred Heart enthroned in the kitchen, where we spent most of our time, was a constant reminder. […]

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During this Year of Faith, we will blog reflections and stories to accompany you on your faith journey.   Who among us has never prayed? Probably not a one! Whether it’s “Thank you, God!” when there’s good news or “God, help me!” when there’s bad news, or a feeling of gratitude that enters our hearts, […]

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Shanty houses made of corrugated iron sheets offer an unpleasant welcome to visitors to Bedford, South Africa. Almost all the houses are run down and there is very little greenery. In recent years, the Afrikaans-speaking township experienced a severe drought that lasted for two years. The only drinking water came in by tanker trucks. The […]

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Who is this saint whose experience of Jesus Christ led to the founding in 1540 of a religious community, the Society of Jesus, dedicated to announcing the Good News through a multiplicity of ministries? In the United States alone, there are 28 Jesuit four-year colleges and universities. Among the members of the Jesuit community there […]

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In April 1994, President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and President Cyprian Ntayamira of Burundi were assassinated when their plane was shot down near the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The incident was followed by a wave of genocide during which the Hutus slaughtered the Tutsis. The month that followed was brutal and bloody.   Only this […]

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“In Africa, there is not so much the giving of presents, but the giving of presence.” (Jon Blanc: Out to Africa Too web site)   On my first trip to Africa, I experienced first-hand the truth of Jon’s words. I was in Sierra Leone, West Africa. It was December 2003; the truce that ended the […]

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South Africans will tell you, “We are not called the Rainbow Nation for nothing,” and it is definitely the most diverse country I’ve ever visited. Although English is generally understood across the country, it ranks only fifth out of the official eleven home languages. There are also several other languages spoken by many people. Among […]

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