Sister Kathryn Shannon MM, who participates in the Greater LA Chapter, gave the the summary below.
[The 2012 Western Regional] was great! Punch and Lee (former L.A.ers) hit a home run. The conference took place in a 5 Star Marriott Hotel. The food and rooms were special. 42 Participants came from 10 States: Washington, Oregon, CA, Nevada, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Minn. & New York. Bob Short, the new Coordinator, spoke briefly. For him, the charism of the Maryknoll Affiliates answers this question, "Do we hear our "sister" crying?" Dr, Myrna Araneta facilitated the Conference. Friday night 1 person from each Chapter gave its report. Joe did us proud. WOW! Affiliates are doing a lot overseas and at home for MISSION.
Sat. A.M. Fr. Max Oliva S.J. gave us a rich scripturally loaded presentation on "Water As Sanctifier" followed by Q&A, Break and 5 Groups discussing challenging thought questions. Sat. P.M. we had a WILD "longest line" exercise with 4 groups competing for prizes. Then Sr. Rosemarie Cecinni M.M. spoke to "Water: Quencher- Managing clean water as a diminishing resource" Q&A, Break and more groups discussing challenging thought questions. Sat. Night a great social was facilitated by an original "Platter" who sang like the professional he is and got almost everyone up dancing. After he left Carmelita Atacador played the piano and Manny led us in a sing along.
Sun A.M. We had an EXCELLENT Video on Water exposing how groups like Coca Cola are pumping up scarce water in countries such as Bolivia where the poor now have to pay for their own water! Will the next war be over water? Will our faith make a difference for Peace, starting now? Fr. Max was the Celebrant at Mass. After a brief input he asked us to share our reflections. A gifted 5th grade Filipino girl sang "Panis Angelicus" and "Ave. Maria"" A collection of $326 was given to the Maryknoll Sisters celebrating 100 years of MISSION with the WORLD.