Why do you work at Karidat?

Posted by - June 10, 2017

For this week’s column I asked my colleagues the question: Why do you work at Karidat? Why work here when you might just as well work somewhere else? The following is a selection from their answers. “It’s because even if you cannot really help somebody very much, at least by just trying you get this

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Fast and Pray like Royalty

Posted by - June 3, 2017

Last week a nation-wide event was launched that, as far as I know, did not make a single headline on any major news network. “Bread For The World,” an organization whose mission is to put an end to hunger at home and abroad, started up a campaign in response to proposed budget cuts to social

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Posted by - May 21, 2017

Since 2001, Karidat has operated a shelter for victims of domestic violence, Guma Esperansa (“House of Hope”). This is the only shelter of its kind in the CNMI and we have had men, women and children as clients at one time or another. This week I had a chance to sit down with one of

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Hey kids, look what you could do!

Posted by - May 13, 2017

It is “sacraments season” right now. Many of you young children of our diocese will be receiving your First Communion this weekend, and some of you young adults will be celebrating Confirmation. For anyone who has not yet chosen a patron saint, or if you are looking for inspiration from children who are saints, there

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Being “The World” To Just One Person

Posted by - May 4, 2017

“Our impact is greater than the number of people served.” This quote hangs on Lauri Ogumoro’s office wall. She snipped it out of a Catholic Charities magazine awhile back and it has been there ever since. She even made copies and distributed them to rest of the staff, too. It is good to remember that

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The Perks of Fatigue

Posted by - April 29, 2017

“What have I even accomplished today?” Have you ever caught yourself asking that question at the end of the workday? Sometimes it is hard to point to anything specific that you can check off the list. When the flood of work just keeps pouring down, it can be difficult to feel like you are making

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Corporal Works of Mercy

Posted by - April 23, 2017

Before Easter I promised to follow up with my quiz from two weeks ago about the corporal works of mercy. They are guidelines which provide a model for our how to treat others, “as if they were Christ in disguise.” (USCCB) Can you name all seven now? I had only mentioned the first; do you

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Easter Joy & the Chance for a New Life

Posted by - April 15, 2017

“I was helped by you and Karidat. Now it is my turn. I want to do a job that would be helpful for people. I am living a happy life every day. Thank you so much!!!” “Thank you for being there for me. I am still strong and standing.” At Easter we reflect on fresh

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Do NOT feed the hungry?

Posted by - April 7, 2017

Time for a quick quiz: Can you name all seven of the Corporal Works of Mercy? See if you can list them all. Next week I will check back in and see how you performed on that little test. For now, let me help you out with the first one: “Feed the Hungry” At the

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Small World

Posted by - March 30, 2017

Right now it is possible to take a direct flight from the Philippines to Saipan. It is almost easy to get here from PI. But that is not even close to the route Sister Stella Mangona traveled 18 years ago from PI to the CNMI. Sister’s life itinerary is one that no travel agent would

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