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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...

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A Popular History of Maryknoll’s Specialized Work in Africa

Serving the National Church by Joseph Healey The fifty years from 1946 to 1996 actually contain many Maryknoll histories. While Musoma and Shinyanga are the best known places with the largest number of Maryknollers, another important story is Maryknoll and the National Church in Tanzania. Also some other Maryknollers have worked at the AMECEA or the Eastern Africa level of which Tanzania is a significant part. During these past 50 years the number of Maryknollers who have served at the national or regional level are impressive: two bishops, 28 priests, one Brother, 11 Sisters, two lay associates and one lay affiliate. The breakdown according to their main work is: 12 people: Tanzania National Episcopal Conference/Catholic Secretariat. 5 people: Tanzania National...

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Ray McCabe’s thoughts on Retirement in Africa

Some Thoughts on Retirement by Ramon McCabe These days in Musoma it is not only the scarcity of men but also the aging and retiring of those few we have left that we encounter all the time. An old missioner once said: "Old age is not a privilege; it's a burden." I find it interesting how people ask so many questions of a person recently retired. My own answers vary according to who asked and why. Here are some examples of questions asked and some answers and comments. "What work do you do now that you are retired?" I have at least three answers to this question: Actually I'm unemployed at this moment. I'm just part-time now wherever anyone needs...

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Doug May’s Home for Mentally Handicapped Children in Cairo

Home for Mentally Handicapped Children by Doug May (January 2007) Our Lady Queen of Peace Masaakin Sheraton, Cairo, Egypt “Handicapped Children”, this is a kind of misnomer as the age range of our “children” is from five to fifty years old. Our Lady Queen of Peace Home was the dream of a Coptic Catholic priest friend, Father Antoun Francis. He had been the national chaplain in Egypt for Jean Vanier’s “Faith and Light” movement know in Arabic as “Imaan wa Nuur”. Antoun discovered that parents of the mentally handicapped in Egypt were distressed as they and their children became older that their sons and daughters would have no place to live and no one to care for them once they...

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