While MAC 2017 in Guatemala brought Affiliates and other Maryknollers together from many parts of the world, the geographic distances keep us from hearing much from the international chapters. There is an Affiliate chapter in Mwanza, Tanzania, in Seoul, Korea, two in Philippines, 6 in Peru, 3 in Bolivia and one each in El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala. For each of these chapters and each member therein there is an accompanying human story of mission.
A few weeks ago, Fred Goddard relayed this remembrance of Luchie Salcedo from one of the Philippine chapters:
Luchie has been in and out of the hospital for some time now with varying illnesses, and at times we thought she would not make it. At one point she needed something like five bags of blood for a blood transfusion. Yet, somehow, she always seemed to pull through. She did not make it this time.
Luchie lived in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Davao City, and she was always fighting with the people for their rights and their dignity. She was very active in her parish, but lived the liberating message of the Gospel. Above all else, though, Luchie fought for the rights or women alongside other women in Davao and in the Philippines, including Jet’s* sister, Mary Lou (Belo). She will be dearly missed by us, by her community and by the women’s movement.
A difficult way to start the New Year, but her spirit will be with us as we continue her struggles.
* As many of you know, Jet is Fred’s wife
The Maryknoll Affiliate Board gratefully and enthusiastically announces that Rosa Beatriz Castañeda Ramirez of the Guatemala Chapter will be joining the Board as of January, 2018. All who participated at MAC 2017 know Rosa Beatriz well as the person who, along with her team, provided an amazingly positive (for many transformative) experience there last November at Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado in Sacatepéquez, about ½ hour outside Guatemala City. Rosa Beatriz has many administrative, organizational and personal gifts that are only surpassed by her commitment to mission and to Maryknoll spirituality. Felicitaciones y bienvenido Rosa Beatriz!!
We would also like to acknowledge and greatly thank !! outgoing Board members John Meyer (Phoenix Chapter) and Patty Barneond de Garcia Tres (Guatemala Chapter). Both were with us for six years and both contributed with insight, imagination and personal investment in too many ways to count. They will be greatly missed. Patty also served as Liaison to Latin America – a role that Rosa Beatriz will assume. Thank you, Patty & John.