Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:38

Living Buen Vivir in LA

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Hugh Menton – Greater Los Angeles Chapter 

If you attended MAC 2017 in Guatemala, you will enjoy reading about the Greater Los Angeles Maryknoll Affiliates Chapter’s recent visitors. We learned that Daniel Caño, the Mayan spiritual guide who presented about Mayan spirituality and led a ceremony at the MAC, would be in the Los Angeles area in February, and after much communication, Tim Moffett, Sr. Kathleen Shannon, Kathee Bautista, and I, and a few others, spent an afternoon with Daniel Caño, his wife Teresa, and his sister-in-law Ana. 

Standing: Tim Moffett, Sr. Kathleen Shannon, Bill (with Tim), Daniel Caño, Kimberly Nuvem Bautista;
seated: Teresa Caño and Kathee Bautista at an Olvera Street restaurant.

We gathered at Olvera Street, the location of the early Mexican founders of Los Angeles. After walking among the various booths, we returned Daniel’s hospitality to those of us at MAC with an enjoyable, tasty lunch at an Olvera Street restaurant. Over lunch we had rich conversation with Daniel, Teresa, and Ana about Mayan spiritual practice.

After lunch, some of us took Daniel and Teresa to Our Lady Queen of the Angels Cathedral, a few blocks away.  We enjoyed the tapestries of John Nava and saw an exhibit of Catholic high school students’ artwork in a variety of mediums.  We were all impressed that those young people had produced such interesting art.  Daniel had his camera with him and took photos throughout the day.

Kimberly and Andres helped with translations. Kimberly Nuvem Bautista, who is bilingual, has lived in Guatemala, and Andres Garcia is an intern at the nearby Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers LA office. Daniel and Teresa thanked us frequently. The Caños’ connection with Los Angeles continued as Kimberly, who has friends who are spiritual leaders from indigenous traditions in Mexico, prepared dinner for Daniel and Teresa and her friends.


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