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Mary’s Pence: ESPERA Women in Haiti Learn New Business Skills

Our peace partners Mary’s Pence have published the following newsletter.




Click here to meet the team’s newest grantees.


Voices from Honduras, Board Member Pat Rogucki Reports on the Situation on the Ground

The women in Honduras are facing increasing violence and poverty, and it is driving the migration of unaccompanied minors.

Understanding the Roots of the Current Unaccompanied Minor Humanitarian Crisis

This post includes three great book recommendations to help us grasp why so many children are fleeing their homes and risking border crossing into the United States.

Finding Inspiration from Isabel

We talk a lot about alternative economies.  Pat remembers a dear friend from El Salvador who spent her life supporting women and working for an “economía solidaria.”

Mary’s Pence News

Remember the Women of Mary’s Pence in your Faith Community’s Advent Traditions 

Does your faith community have a giving tree tradition? Would you like to start one? We invite you to include the women of ESPERA in your Giving Tree plans and request a Giving Tree packet from Mary’s Pence. The packet includes beautiful gift tags for your Giving Tree, a sample proposal for your Giving Tree committee, and church bulletin announcements. See our website for more information or contact Anna at or 651-788-9869.

Giving Tuesday is December 2!

Mark your calendar and get ready to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Ask your friends to join you and thousands of other individuals to celebrate this powerful day of giving! With each donation to Mary’s Pence you make it possible for women to work for empowerment, justice, and economic autonomy in our communities.

2015 Calendar of Women Available 

Our beautiful, newly-designed calendar is now available for 2015! Each month features an ESPERA group or Grantee with a description of their work. As always, each day of the year offers the name of an inspiring women who has advanced the cause of justice around the globe. Some are well-known, but many are among the unknown “las Marias” who have tirelessly fought for justice!

Calendars are free and sent automatically to our monthly Compañera donors and anyone who makes a gift of $500 or more. We are happy to send you one, just contact the office. Ask for two – our calendar makes a great gift and is the perfect way to introduce a friend to Mary’s Pence.

Mary’s Pence on Huffington Post – Healing Central America Starts with Women

Recently Ana Grande, Mary’s Pence board member from Los Angeles, visited El Salvador with a community group.  Read about her trip on Huffington Post!

Find Mary’s Pence Out and About!

We love to meet our supporters! Join us at one of these upcoming events! 

Board Sponsored Meet and Greet

October 25, 2014, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

2249 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN

RSVP to or 651-788-9869


Call to Action 2014 Conference

November 7-9, 2014 – Memphis, TN

Join us at our workshop, “Making Moral Economic Systems”


Vigil at School of the Americas

November 21-23, 2014, Forth Benning, GA