Tag Archives: Poverty

Backpack Journalism and The Global Church


What does Journalism have to do with Theology? In this program, program hosts John O’Keefe and Wendy Wright discuss a “Backpack Journalism” project at Creighton.

Backpack Journalism refers to the relatively recent phenomenon where high quality audio and video equipment can be easily transported in a small backpack, which dramatically decreases the cost and the complexity of creating multi-media journalism.

In 2010, O’Keefe and two colleagues from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Carol Zuegner and Tim Guthrie, brought students to the Dominican Republic where they, the students, created the mini-doc Esperanza. This short film profiles the ministry of Roman Catholic deacon Pedro Almonte, who works in an extremely poor neighborhood built next to the city dump in Santiago.

In 2011, the course will travel to Uganda to chronicle the Church’s efforts to foster peace and reconciliation after 20 years of civil war.

For more information about the Backpack Journalism project at Creighton, please visit backpack.creighton.edu.

The Church and Immigration


Rev. Andy Alexander, S.J. and Maria Teresa Gaston discuss the response of the U.S. Catholic bishops to the immigration crisis. Fr. Andy is the Vice President of University Ministry at Creighton, and Maria Teresa is the director of the Center for Service and Justice at Creighton.

During the interview, the guest mentioned the website Justice for Immigrants, which is sponsored by the Church.  They also mentioned the film 9500 Liberty.

Ministry to the Most Vulnerable


This week’s guest is Phileena Heuertz, one of the directors of Word Made Flesh, an international community serving Christ among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.

In the interview, Phileena discusses the origins of her ministry, her love for the poor, and her journey to Catholicism.

She is the author of Pilgrimage of a Soul, published in 2010 by InterVarsity Press.

Mother Teresa Remembered


Photojournalist Linda Schaefer speaks with host John O’Keefe about her book Come and See: A Photojournalist’s Journey into the World of Mother Teresa.

More information about Linda and her work is available here.

The Martyrs of El Salvador


Today is the twentieth anniversary of the murder of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador.  Our guest John Giuliano knew the victims and was a near witness to their murders.

Today he reflects upon his memories of twenty years ago and upon his current ministry with the Tamarindo Foundation. Giuliano still lives in El Salvador.

Listeners may also enjoy our interviews with Kevin Burke, S.J., and Laura Burke.

The Church in Northern Uganda 2


In March 2009, John O’Keefe traveled to Uganda with Computers for Africa. (Listen to the interview we did with the founders a few years ago.)

In Lira he had the opportunity to interview Rev. Pontiano Okalo, vocations director for the diocese of Lira. Twenty years ago, Fr. Okalo was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army and forced to be a child soldier.

O’Keefe spoke with him about his experience and his ministry. The interview took place at St. Joseph Seminary in Aboke, Uganda. Aboke was also the site of a large abduction of school age girls, which has been chronicled in the book Aboke Girls: Children Abducted in Northern Uganda.

Our program “The Church in Northern Uganda 1,” was posed on May 5th, 2009

Photos of one of Northern Uganda’s refugee camps can be seen at John O’Keefe’s photostream on flickr.

The Church in Northern Uganda 1


In March 2009, John O’Keefe traveled to Uganda with Computers for Africa. (Listen to the interview we did with the founders a few years ago.) In Gulu he had the opportunity to interview Monsignor Matthew Odong, Rector of the Sacred Heart Seminary. Odong experienced the trials of Uganda’s twenty-year civil war and has recently been engaged in the work of reconciliation.

The program mentions the documentary films Invisible Children and War Dance.

Photos of one of Northern Uganda’s refugee camps can be seen at John O’Keefe’s photostream on flickr.