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  • Lenten Updates from the Mission

    March 30, 2017
    “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” John 5:17

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  • Meet Our New Director

    October 28, 2016
    We are excited to announce Greg Caudle and his family moved to Liberia this week to serve for two years as the director of Liberia Mission.

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  • Record School Enrollment

    October 3, 2016
    For the 2016-2017 school year, we have more students enrolled in school through Liberia Mission than ever before!

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  • Back to School 2016

    September 13, 2016
    St. Anthony de Padua opened its doors last week to 448 students. The community values the quality Catholic education provided at our school, which means our enrollment continues to increase. To get a feel of how the first week went, enjoy these updates from Alpha Roland, the Associate Director of Liberia Mission.

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  • Graduation 2016

    July 6, 2016
    We are very proud of our 2016 kindergarten and ninth grade graduates.

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  • Students Surpass Community Service Goal

    June 27, 2016
    We are proud of our ninth graders who completed 1574 hours of service this year!

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  • May Crowning

    May 27, 2016
    We celebrated May Crowning at Liberia Mission this week!

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  • Thank You Advent Angels!

    January 4, 2016
    We'd like to thank the following generous hearts, who helped us achieve 21 NEW child sponsorships at Liberia Mission as a part of our 25 Days of Christmas appeal. Without these sponsors, 21 children would be living in poverty without a means of education...

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  • 25 Children Waiting

    November 25, 2015
    Liberia Mission recently welcomed 25 new children into its loving family. Some are Ebola orphans, some have both parents, but all are from desperately poor situations...and all 25 of them are still waiting for a sponsor. Please consider sponsoring one of these new precious children during our 25 Days of Christmas appeal when we will attempt to find a sponsor for each new child by Christmas Day!

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  • A Saint in Our Midst

    July 16, 2015
    With heavy hearts we grieve the loss of our beloved Mary Ann O'Driscoll,Liberia Mission Director from January - July 2015. Our sincerest condolences go out to Mary Ann's family and friends in Ireland and all others in the US. Please pray for their consolation and for the repose of Mary Ann's sweet soul.

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  • School Closes, Ebola Resurfaces

    July 8, 2015
    As of Friday, July 3rd, St. Anthony of Padua School is now closed in cooperation with Liberia Government issuance.

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  • School to Reopen Feb. 14

    February 9, 2015
    With a steady decrease in Ebola outbreaks, the Liberian Government announced in early January that schools will reopen February 2, 2015.

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  • NPR Interview

    February 5, 2015
    In case you missed it, click here to listen to our executive director, Merrill Kenna, speak about Ebola and the Liberia school system on NPR's Worldview program, which aired Monday, February 2nd at 12 pm. You can also read about our approach to handling Ebola in this Chicago Tribune article.

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  • Ebola Emergency Fund Still Climbs

    February 3, 2015
    On Sunday, December 7th, 2014 we hosted a phone-a-thon to raise crucial funds for Liberia Mission during the Ebola crisis. Thank you to everyone who donated! Through your support, we have already raised $136,000! We are still accepting donations in order to reach our goal of $180,000.

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  • Liberian President Visits Mission

    December 29, 2014
    Students and staff at Liberia Mission received a surprise pre-Christmas present in the form of a visit from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The President was full of praise for the Mission saying, "I just want to say how pleased we are to have a group of young people like you that have come together and are applying your time learning a profession and doing well; being able to prepare yourself for leadership of the country; and the way you are doing it is so different and so pleasing."

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  • NBC Report: Ebola Virus Orphans

    November 24, 2014
    The Ebola virus is creating a whole new set of orphans in Liberia. To make matters worse, children who have lost their parents to the virus are now being ostracized by their communities. Where are these children to go?

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  • Students Declared Ebola Free

    November 17, 2014
    Dave Dionisi, founder of Liberia Mission, returned safely from Liberia Saturday, November 8, after monitoring a quarantine of 31 mission students. As of November 12, all quarantined students were declared Ebola-free and joined their friends on campus.

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  • Advocates Question Ebola Quarantine

    November 10, 2014
    NBC5 Chicago Health Reporter Nesita Kwan interviews Merrill Kenna, Executive Director of Franciscan Works regarding the reintegration of returning students who entered a 21-day observation period.

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  • Bringing Children to Safety

    November 1, 2014
    Both the Archdiocese of Monrovia in Liberia and Doctors Without Borders have asked for our help in addressing the burgeoning orphan crisis in Liberia due to the unchecked Ebola epidemic. We cannot say no to this call for help.

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  • Students Return to Campus

    October 22, 2014
    In an extraordinary move, 35 Liberia Mission students are returning to campus today, October 22, to a specially prepared quarantine area to begin a 21-day observation period.

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  • Children of Hope Benefit a Success!

    October 15, 2014
    Over 180 people attended the first annual Children of Hope benefit Thursday, October 9th at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago, and we surpassed our goal of raising $25,000 for the children of Liberia Mission!

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  • Liberia Mission Student Dies from Ebola

    September 19, 2014
    We are very sad to report that one of our beloved mission students, Johnson Moore, 17, died from the Ebola virus on September 19, 2014.

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  • Life on Campus During Ebola

    September 1, 2014
    At present 34 students and eight adult staff are self-quarantined on Liberia Mission grounds. Everyone currently on campus is healthy.

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  • Fr. Don Halpin on the Radio!

    March 24, 2014
    Listen to Fr. Don's brief, but fascinating interview with Franciscan Media about Fr. Don's experience working with Liberia Mission

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  • Another October Day in Liberia

    December 31, 2013
    It’s October, and that means several things for most Americans. Saturday tailgates and football games, pumpkin spice lattes, and colorful leaves floating in the brisk refreshing air. We at Liberia Mission Inc. believe all those things are totally overrated...

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  • Celebrating Our Beloved Board Member, Jennie Martin

    May 23, 2013
    We are very sad to announce that Jennie Martin has recently passed away after her two-year battle with cancer. Jennie worked tirelessly for over a decade on behalf of the children of the Missions, touching countless lives on three continents and raising well over half million dollars.

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  • Planting Season Begins

    December 21, 2012
    Planting Season Begins The Student Work Program was in full force this past week as planting season has begun. The students planted a test plot of corn, utilizing organic and sustainable farming practices. Below is a description of each step of the process.

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  • A Very Special Advent Wreath

    December 20, 2012
    The Mission kids put their new trade skills to work for Advent! They designed the wreath and steel stand, they bought the steel rods and with a little instruction, welded it together.

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  • A Volunteer Reflects: The Gift of Gratitude

    November 26, 2012
    I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a month at Liberian Mission and I learned more than I would have ever imagined. This was probably the most amazing experience in my life, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s amazing what the mission has done for these kids, and the work they continue to do.

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  • First Pigs Go to Market

    November 26, 2012
    With the coming of our new director, Joe Sehnert, there has been renewed interest in developing the farm as a teaching program and advancing the mission's long term goal of sustainability.

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  • Our Cassava Field

    November 26, 2012
    Cassava is one of the main staple foods of Liberia. We at Liberia Mission started our cassava project in April 2012. Each residential student uses his or her three hours of required work per week to make a contribution to the planting effort. This process is helping us to learn how to: run a farm business, work hard, and contribute to the long-term goal of a Self-Sustainable Mission.

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  • A Volunteer Reflects: A Lesson Learned

    November 26, 2012
    In preparation for my volunteer-abroad mission to Liberia, Africa, I studied the Liberian diet and developed a “plan” for how I would make changes that would improve their nutrition and thus have an overall positive impact on their future. No amount of studying would have prepared me for what I experienced. And the changes I was so sure I could be a part of were not the ones that happened.

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  • Marching Beyond the Impossible

    October 3, 2012
    .... Ma Helena fought nightmares haunted by images of those children, and she prayed for what seemed to be impossible: to make good out of evil and to save the children whose faces were burned in her heart. “Oh Father, please send me some resources, somebody to help me, so that I can do your will and give those children your love,” she prayed.....

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  • 12 Summer 2012 Highlights

    August 20, 2012
    12 highlights - from a chicken coop to soccer games to building tables! This summer the youth at Liberia Mission stayed very busy - learning new skills and improving our campus. Scroll down to see the amazing work. The youth are now taking a short break before the school year begins on Wednesday!

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  • Liberia Mission Student's Film on the Big Screen

    June 14, 2012
    The World Premiere of the making of a Liberia Mission student's film will be in Chicago this June! Lollywood ...

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  • Donors Leap for Liberia Challenge Match Launched!

    May 24, 2012
    A faithful group of 36 Franciscan Works supporters have joined together to match every gifts up to $51,427.

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  • Willimena has a Visitor!

    March 28, 2012
    It has been forty years since I lived in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. I decided to visit West Africa as a short term volunteer with Liberia Mission ... to expand my comfort zone and (I) felt that working in Liberia would be a good way to grow. After picking up the one hundred pounds of luggage (tools and books etc.) I staggered out of the airport just outside of Monrovia. I was warmly welcomed...

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  • Welcome Joe, LMI's new Director!

    February 1, 2012
    The Board of Directors of Franciscan Works and the Liberia Mission community are very pleased to welcome Joe Sehnert, the new Director of Liberia Mission. Please read Joe's introduction below and join us in welcoming him to the Franciscan Works family!

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  • Shaping the Future: First-time Voters go to the Polls

    December 15, 2011
    For the first time, on Tuesday, 11 October 2011, four Liberia Mission beneficiaries had the opportunity to shape the future of Liberia: they exercised their freedom to vote for President, Senator and Representative....

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  • New Computer Lab Brings Skills, Oportunity

    December 15, 2011
    This summer, board members John Dewan and Bob O’Dwyer, along with a team of volunteers and LMI administrators, set up the first-ever computer lab at Liberia Mission. Opportunities to learn how to use computers are rare in Liberia, and providing classes for our staff and teachers further enhances their professional skills and consequently those of our students, families, community and beyond.

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