This blog is an attempt to offer reflections related to historic events, witnesses to peace and justice, and the daily lectionary readings by John Donaghy, a lay missioner with the Catholic diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras.
I arrived in Honduras on June 13, 2007, to be of service to those most in need in the poorest diocese in Honduras, but with a bishop committed to the poor, Monseñor Luis Alfonso Santos.
Before that I had spent 24 years in campus ministry and social ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center (at Iowa State University) in Ames, Iowa. I also occasionally taught at ISU.
St. Thomas has supported my presence here and is developing a relationship with the Dulce Nombre de María parish in Dulce Nombre de Copán, where I am helping.
In the parish of Dulce Nombre de María I am assisting in the formation of pastoral workers, the preparation of materials, and visits to the villages of the parish.
In December 2014 I moved to the village of Plan Grande, Concepción, in the parish in order to better serve the people.
My spirituality has been influenced by the Jesuits with whom I studied at the University of Scranton and Boston College, as well as by the Franciscans with whom I studied in high school and the first two years of college at St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, NY. Since December 2012 I have been an associate of the Dubuque-based Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Family.
These reflections are, of course, totally mine and do not reflect the opinions or positions of any the organizations noted above.