Gloria Tan – Comunidad Santa Maria Chapter
I have known Gail since 2010, when she came to train us to be Maryknoll Affiliate missionaries. She was very dedicated and optimistic about forming a new chapter of Hispanic ladies, the only Spanish-speaking chapter in the US. She didn’t mind driving two hours from Raleigh and was always on time and ready for the meeting.
On April 30, 2011, we had our covenant signing with special guests Father Robert Kus and Father David LaBuda. After that, she called often to see how the chapter was doing and to advise us on different subjects that we could work on. She always made sure that we were treated with respect. In 2011, I had the opportunity to go with her to the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference in New York.
As the chapter grew, she knew that all the new members needed to know what Maryknoll means and what we were doing. So she came on weekends to make sure everyone could assist in new-member orientations. She explained how Father Price founded this mission and how fortunate we were to be in the place where he grew up. After the short training, we renewed our vows at the church. It was a very emotional moment.
Teresa Mariche is a newer member of the chapter. Teresa said about Gail, “She was a great example. She always inspired me to do my best. In spite of knowing her very little, I cared a lot for her. We will always remember her and miss her. May she rest in peace.”