This year we will honor Mrs. Peggy MacCarthy, Dr. Charles
MacCarthy and the Rev. Dr. Jack MacCarthy with the
2013 St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award. This is the
first time more than one person has been so honored.
Charles and Peggy MacCarthy are the husband-and-wife founders of the Good News Project. For the last 30 years, Good News has provided
humanitarian support to communities in the West Indies and medical
equipment to families in north central Wisconsin. The MacCarthys have
accomplished this work by mobilizing hundreds of short-term volunteers,
many of them students from St. Norbert College.
In almost 50 trips to the West Indies to help build housing and provide
medical services, they have become familiar faces in villages far from their
Wausau,Wis., home.They have served faithfully and selflessly, establishing
a legacy through deep partnerships across cultural and national boundaries
and building a ministry that will continue to thrive for years to come.
Charles’ younger brother, Fr. Jack MacCarthy, serves in Iquitos, Peru, as a
medical missionary to the indigenous Quechua people in Santa Clotilde, a remote parish in the Amazon basin more than 180 miles from any road.
The village is small, a 10-minute walk from end to end. Fr. Jack and another
priest operate a field hospital there, and from this hub, they also serve 40
clinics spread out over 20,000 square miles.
In his daily rounds, Fr. Jack heals the sick, nurtures their souls and shares
their sorrows. He works in conditions beyond the comprehension of most
people living in affluent western civilizations. By necessity a medical “jack-
of-all-trades,” Fr. Jack deals with needs ranging from pregnancy, childbirth,
and pediatrics to snake bite, malaria, cholera, malnutrition and a multitude
of tropical diseases unknown in this country. His own bouts with serious
illness – malaria, cancer, cataract surgery – have fortified his resolve to do as
much as he can for as long as he can to help the people of Peru.
This event will take place on September 19, 7pm in Dudley Birder Hall.
This lecture is sponsored by the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding at St. Norbert College. For more information call Catherine Kasten at 920-403-3919.