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Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:33

Covenant Continues

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Gail Kelley – Misioneras Hispanas Chapter

Photo by Gloria Tan

On February 18, 2019, 13 of the 15 members of the Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter Misioneras Hispanas Santa Maria, founded in 2011, gathered together. They renewed their Covenant to be missionaries in the spirit of the Maryknoll Mission Movement: to bring Christ’s words and love to where it is not known, especially to the poor and unempowered, while living a life of simplicity, spirituality, global vision, community and action. They are unique among the 36 Affiliate Chapters in the United States in that their membership is comprised of all Latina women, working within a Parish structure. Their mission is the evangelization of Hispanic people living in the fourteen trailer parks around the Wilmington Area.  

Melita Angel and Gloria Tan, the present and past coordinators, worked with Norma Rivera, the Basilica of St. Mary’s coordinator of Spanish Ministries, to define this unaddressed need. Father Chesco Garcia, the Parochial Vicar of the Basilica of St. Mary’s, blessed the women before their Covenant was received and accepted by Gail Kelley, representing the Maryknoll Affiliates’ local Regional Coordinator and the Executive Coordinator. 

Gail pointed out that these women were walking in the footsteps of the “Tar Heel Apostle”—Father Thomas Price. Father Price, the first North Carolinian ordained to the priesthood, was born in Wilmington. Eventually becoming the Co-Founder of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, he is being proposed for canonization and is represented by the Raleigh Diocese. 


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  • Comment Link P Thomas McGuire Monday, 06 May 2019 18:17 posted by P Thomas McGuire

    I will be giving a Mission Appeal talk at St Peter Parish, Charlotte, NC on July 20-21, 2019 and St Therese Parish, Mooresville, NC Sunday July 27-28. I am a member of the Maryknoll Affiliate Chicago Chapter. Is it possible during the week July 22-26, I might meet with Misioneras Hispanas Chapter?

    Look forward to hearing from you.

  • Comment Link P Thomas McGuire Monday, 06 May 2019 18:17 posted by P Thomas McGuire

    I will be giving a Mission Appeal talk at St Peter Parish, Charlotte, NC on July 20-21, 2019 and St Therese Parish, Mooresville, NC Sunday July 27-28. I am a member of the Maryknoll Affiliate Chicago Chapter. Is it possible during the week July 22-26, I might meet with Misioneras Hispanas Chapter?

    Look forward to hearing from you.

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