American Maryknoll Missionary Priest Rev. George G. Cotter, M.M. passes away on 6 September, 2018 at Mission St. Teresa’s, Maryknoll, New York, USA

American Maryknoll Missionary Priest Rev. George G. Cotter, M.M. passed away on 6 September, 2018 at Mission St. Teresa’s, Maryknoll, New York, USA. Father Cotter was 88 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 58 years. In our book on “SCCs in Eastern Africa” we wrote:

In the mid-1960s American Maryknoll missionary Father George Cotter, MM was one of the first pioneers in Sukumaland (the Catholic dioceses in Tanzania where the Sukuma Ethnic Group live) to facilitate Small Reflection Groups of Sukuma people to use proverbs to get a deeper understanding of Scripture. A key is that these Small Reflection Groups started with life (Sukuma proverbs) and then went to the Bible. This experience helped the local Sukuma people appreciate more the wisdom of their Sukuma proverbs and the Bible. This can be called a “Sukuma Reading of the Bible.”

An example is the African Proverb of the Month for July, 2000:

Utizunduka chimba limi litinagwa. (Sukuma)

Usimtukane kiongozi wa uwindaji jua halijatua. (Swahili)

Do not insult the hunting guide before the sun has set. (English)

Go to: http://www.afriprov.org/african-proverb-…/…/156-jul2000.html