An extraordinary edition of No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, posted in November, was dedicated to honoring Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios for her 50 years in education.
Sunday, November 13, 2016, Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios, Coordinator of the Guatemala Chapter of Maryknoll Affiliates (as well as editor of the NTLH and chair of the MAC 2017 organizing team), received a well-deserved tribute for her life of service in education, in Guatemala and in the world. She was feted in an event replete with music: marimba music, choreographed dances, and songs by a choir of former students, all composed and produced by her friend Miguel Angel Duarte and his artistic team. Graduates of the Sister Elizabeth McDermott Applied Arts School and Monte María School, where Rosa Beatriz had served, presented her orchids. Her colleague, Maryknoll Affiliate Anabella Penados, of the Monte María School, gave her a bonsai, explaining that it was a metaphor for the duration of her career and the artistry with which she kept it alive.
Rosa Beatriz attributed her vocation to her mother, who was also a teacher, and to the Maryknoll Sisters at her high school, who offered the opportunity to give a year of service in Huehuetenango, her desire to serve. In that year, Rosa Beatriz said she received more than she gave; it made her love her country through people, and she realized that education is the key to creating a people aware of their rights and duties.
In closing, Rosa Beatriz noted that as a good educator and lover of life, she will carry with her the homage she experienced that day and will continue to deepen its message, to apply it in daily life, and express her deep gratitude. She invited all of the attendees to make passion the key to their lives, to make themselves exceptional, because in the near future it will become their life project.