St. Agatha Joy Women’s Sewing Group and Workshop a Big Success

By Joseph Healey, MM Years ago we remember Maryknoll Father John Casey, MM’s famous definition for an mradi: “a financial project in Africa that is guaranteed to lose money.” For those who have a good memory this was a famous one-liner in The Buffaloes: A Story of Maryknoll Society’s Fifty Years in Tanzania. The St. Agatha Joy Women’s Sewing Group and Workshop in the St. Kizito Small Christian Community (SCC) in the Waruku Section of St. Austin’s Parish in Nairobi, Kenya (near the Maryknoll Society House) has been very successful. Praise the Lord! From a small self-help group it has grown to be a financially independent SCC activity that produces African stoles, vestments, shirts, women’s handbags and other African crafts...

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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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