Partners in Mission, Nicaragua

Why I do what I do: A burning desire
Over the years, many have asked (or wondered) why I am dedicating my time and life in one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere to teach faith formation, especially when there is a significant part of the population who does not even eat twice a day? Jesus says, in Luke 12; 49: “I have come to cast fire upon the earth and how I wish it were already kindled!" I am just trying to do the same thing: help youth to create a passion in life, a burning desire to do the impossible. It is not enough to teach young people just to be a good person and make a living. We have to inspire the youth here to transform Nicaragua into a more just and human society for future generations. Then there will be food.

Deepening the faith life of our youth
In my opinion, there is no other task more urgent than deepening the faith life of the youth today. We have to work to implant the Gospel values of Jesus and help the youth create a deep relationship with Christ himself or we will never address the deeper root causes of poverty.

To do this, you have to make faith formation fun, attractive and creative. You have to be natural, human, admit your mistakes and they will then consider you trustworthy.

A Work of Art: After spending about a year searching for the best materials and formation processes, I found the Biblica Catolica para Jovenes (Catholic Youth Bible) through the Life and Faith Institute out of Stockton, California. Their materials specifically address today’s Latin American youth population. The Biblia Catolica para Jovenes is a work of art and is the product of years of collaboration amongst the top Hispanic specialists in the USA in education, scripture, linguistics and translation.

An important mission: We are also helping to promote The First Bilingual Biblical Mission Among Young People In the Americas. This is a Continental-wide effort and the first of its kind in the history of Latin America. I am laying the ground work for this Mission in four different Catholic Institutions and a number of small Rural Parishes. Hopefully, this Mission will be ready to launch in 2010.

There is much work to be done but we ARE making progress. Thank you and know that we are making a change. I'd love to hear from you!

All the best,
Patrick T. Duffy, Jr
Charles de Foucauld Lay Missionary
Apartado LM 131
Managua, Nicaragua
Home: 505-2-532-0346
Cel. 505-8-655-7368
If you are able to support my work through Partners in Mission Nicaragua
please prayerfully consider a donation:
Mail to:
1321 Generals Highway
Suite 202
Crownsville, MD 21032
Write “Partners in Mission Nicaragua” on the memo line of your check.

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