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MOJ Sisters: Making the Mission!

If someone asked me for one reason why they should support HEAL, I would answer instantly “the Messengers of Justice”! In my travels to Nigeria, I’ve witnessed and joined the MOJ’s in work and prayer. I recall one missionary outing I participated in this past April....

Hymns of Nigeria Uplift the Soul

St. Augustine famously said that when you sing you pray twice. In my travels to Nigeria, I’ve found that Augustine’s theology of song is vindicated abundantly. In the midst of life’s hardships in the rural villages, God’s people in Nigeria have a way through song to...

Campaign to Educate Our Children

Quality education is more of a luxury in Nigeria than an available necessity.  I wrote recently about how concern for day-to-day survival can diminish the importance of education in the minds of subsistence farming families.  This is one of the main challenges to...

Challenges in Educating Servant Leaders

HEAL draws 280 children to our three rural schools by offering necessities like food, shelter, water, and first aid that their parents alone struggle to provide. Then, Deacon Leo and the Messengers of Justice instill a great love for learning in the children every day...

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength!

On this my 3rd mission journey to Nigeria, I was able to meet Promise in person. Deacon Leo and I visited him at Holy Rosary Hospital in Emekuku. Promise was lying on his stomach in bed when we entered his room. He greeted us cheerfully saying, “Reverend, I’ve been...

HEAL’s First Village Health Outreach

After HEAL's decision to pay for Promise’s surgery (see last blog), Deacon Leo visited him at Holy Rosary Hospital in Emekuku, SE Nigeria. Although a Catholic Hospital run by the Archdiocese of Owerri, Holy Rosary, like most hospitals in Nigeria, does not have the...

The Promise of Sr. Calista’s Legacy

During my regular meetings with HEAL Founder, Deacon Leo, we discuss various medical crises currently making demands on our time and resources. Leo told me about a young man named Promise, who was injured in a terrible car accident while escaping Islamist violence in...

Rest In Peace Fr. Ambrose Osuagwu (1966-2017)

This last year has been an extremely difficult time period for the HEAL family in Nigeria. HEAL Founder, Deacon Leo, has suffered the loss of his mother, his elder sister, a beloved Reverend Sister, and, now, his best friend, Fr. Ambrose Osuagwu, who recently died at...

Rest In Peace Priscilla Okonkwo (1963-2017)

Almost one year after the passing of Bridget Okonkwo, mother of HEAL Founder Deacon Leo, we now report with sadness the passing of Deacon Leo’s elder sister, Priscilla.  Priscilla was 52 years old and died of complications from hypertension and type A Diabetes.  She...

Prayer on Ash Wednesday in Mbaise

HEAL is a Catholic mission that witnesses to the love of Jesus Christ to the poor and marginalized orphans, widows, and rural villagers in our care. Through the Spirit of self-emptying, the Messengers of Justice (MOJ) reach out in Jesus’ name to God’s people in...

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