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The Holy Name

By Radhika Sharda, MD | May 18, 2024

When I was a child, long before my conversion to faith, I rarely, if ever, uttered the name of Jesus. It was not simply the fact of my Hindu background which restrained me, but a certain sense of the power and mystery enfolded in that name. I regarded the name of Jesus as something forbidden…

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Who Are You?

By Sean Calllahan | May 17, 2024

“Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We also will come with you.’ So, they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing” (Jn 21:3). If we put aside the other disciples for a moment and focus our attention on Peter, we’ll discover a…

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No Greater Love

By Celina Manville | May 16, 2024

Doing God’s will is the path of oneness in God. And Oneness in God is the only path to oneness in the world. Most would agree that unity is a noble goal, but at times, in the pursuit of unity, times of division are inevitable. Take for example the first reading today. Paul is brought…

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Keep Watch Over Yourselves and the Whole Flock

By Fr. Sylvanus Amaobi | May 15, 2024

As Jesus Christ, the good shepherd, we are called to take care of one another. Dear brothers and sisters, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Paul lived among the presbyters of the church at Ephesus. He fellowshipped with them and taught them the…

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Saint Matthias, Apostle

By Fr. Nnaemeka Paschal Ajuka | May 14, 2024

Saint Matthias, the Apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot among the Twelve Apostles, stands as an example of faith, obedience, and readiness to serve. His story, though brief in the New Testament, carries significant lessons for believers. One notable aspect of Saint Matthias’ life is his willingness to step into a role of great responsibility.…

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Relevance of the Message of Fatima Today

By Fr. Alex Igbozuruike | May 13, 2024

Today is the feast of the first apparition of our Lady at Fatima. Thus, I would like to focus my meditation on this event that has greatly contributed to shaping the life of Christians all over the world.  It all started in a small village of Fatima, Portugal, where three shepherd children—Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta—witnessed…

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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

By Jerry DeMelo Jr. | May 12, 2024

Most of us who are fans of the Star Wars movie series remember the 1999 release of the so-called Episode 1, which was, in fact, the fourth Star Wars movie. The idea was to go back in time to events preceding the previous three movies. In Daniel Chapter 7, we have a director’s cut of…

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The Most Powerful Name

By Fr. John Bosco Obiako | May 11, 2024

Why the Holy Name of Jesus is the Most Powerful Name When I was preparing to travel outside my country for the first time, I needed to get my Passport ready before beginning the visa application process. I booked an appointment online with the immigration department. That day, I just got up and drove to…

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And No One Will Take Your Joy from You

By Radhika Sharda, MD | May 10, 2024

Today’s Gospel reading echoes with the refrain of joy. Jesus reveals to his disciples the promise of imminent joy, yet it is a joy purchased only through suffering. Walking through Fire Perhaps the most joyful passage I have known in all of literature comes from Dante’s Divine Comedy, in which the poet Dante finally reaches…

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Mercy and Kindness in Action

By Paul Verderber | May 9, 2024

It was not long ago, when there were bumper stickers and wristbands with the term WWJD…short for “What Would Jesus Do.?”  The wristbands might be gone, but the need for mercy and kindness in the world never goes out of style. With the theme of mercy and kindness, and “what would Jesus do,” here are…

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GVM Charity Works

Each year we devote some resources to works of charity as the need may be in the countries and communities that meet the criteria for each year’s project. It's a way we show faith in action and lead as agents of grace in communities. Be part of leading by helping the needy in places of most need. 

Is there a situation that needs a helping hand where you are? Fill the form and describe it. You may be qualified for our annual charity support program.

Would you like to be part of our donors for works of charity? Please fill this form and we will contact you or simply donate

GVM 2021 Faith in Action Projects

Every year, we take up unique projects as part of our Faith in Action initiative. In 2021, the call for help from three situations of need caught our attention. The videos below explain what we have done in two of the situations, and what remains to be done. GVM—agents of grace in communities. 


The rapid evolution of digital media technologies presents unique opportunities and challenges for the Church in the digital landscape. During a theological conference (April 2-5, 2024) organized by a premier theological group in Nigeria (the Catholic Theological Conference of Nigeria, CATHAN), Fr. Maurice Emelu was invited to present a commissioned paper. He argued that transitioning from tool dependency to innovation is the surest way to advance the Church’s place and relevance in the digital ecosystem. Watch the presentation and be motivated.

How We Started

Our ministry was inspired by the vision of a well-known priest from the Catholic Diocese of Orlu in Nigeria, Father Maurice Emelu. He’s dedicated to sharing and living the Catholic message of love and grace in the spirit of joy in a cross-cultural way. Sharing in the same mission and values, we’re able to inspire many across cultures to be agents of grace and healing in their various communities.

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Core Values

We have five core values—cross-cultural, Christ-centered, grace-filled, love, and unity in diversity. 

We equip people to be active instruments of God’s love, healing, and unity. Hence our core values—Cross-cultural, Christ-centered, Grace, Love and Unity in Diversity

GVM Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

To inspire, foster spiritual growth, and equip individuals and communities from diverse cultures to be active instruments of God's grace of love, healing, and unity in everyday life through accessible virtual and face-to-face resources.

Vision Statement

To be a leading Catholic cross cultural global center where individuals and communities draw inspiration, accessibility, and high-quality tools in living God's grace of love, healing, and unity in their everyday life.

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Testimony of the Week

Share your faith testimony with us and have a chance for the world to hear and glorify God.

Fantastic reflection. Thank you for sharing it. — Lori Kayes
Amen 🙏...
This is really beautiful Fr. Maurice Emelu... God bless You always, I love Your beautiful heart... I love to help others when I can...—Kaye Roberson
Lord Jesus Christ, let your love rest upon us even as our hope rests on you 🙏🙏 Psalm 33vs22—Chidi O. Chidi 

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God—Psalm 40:1-3

Psalm 119:11


I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Kathleen DiNobile Campagnone


That was Beautiful! Thank you—a GREAT reading to begin my day! Thank you & God Bless🙏🙏

Revelation 12:10-11


Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.