Mission is about relationships!
Maryknoll offers you a unique experience to answer the call of Jesus. Come join us July 16-24, 2015 in Guatemala to see how Christ’s salvific work continues among the poor and marginated of Central America. During the first week of the trip, participants will spend time visiting a Q’eqchi' Indian village in the northern jungle region of the Petén in Guatemala.
They will also accompany Fathers Bill Senger and Ted Custer to visit homes, meet people, and celebrate Mass in the small villages around the provincial capital of Flores, Petén and Lake Itza. An added attraction to the mission immersion experience will be a guided tour of the ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal.
Meet the Missioners who will accompany you!
Father Bill Mullan is a Maryknoll missioner from Brooklyn, NY. He came to Guatemala when he was first ordained and dedicated himself to serving indigenous people. Father Bill, who speaks the local indigenous language of Q’eqchi', once worked in San Francisco parish, helping the local pastor serve residents of surrounding indigenous villages. Participants in the mission immersion experience will accompany Father Mullan to the village of Guadalupe to be welcomed by a special ceremony conducted by village elders. They will also visit local homes, and experience the Indian people's sense of family unity and community.
Father Bill Senger is a missionary from Harvey, North Dakota. He previously worked in Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, and Mexico. Father Senger is the rector of the Cathedral in Flores, Petén. Participants in the mission immersion trip will accompany Father Bill to the local town dump and will visit the sick of the parish. They will also visit the parish of El Remate and the agricultural project which Father Ted Custer administers. While in the Peten, participants will get an eye-opening experience of the popular religiosity which the local people celebrate. They will also visit homes and experience the ministry of the Delegates of the Word, lay pastors who care for the various chapels of the El Remate parish.
Brother Marty Shea is a Maryknoll missioner from Chicopee Falls, MA. He has spent many years working with the indigenous people of Guatemala and remained with them during their genocidal war of the 1980’s. Participants in the mission immersion trip will visit Marty at his simple dwelling in Santa Rita. Marty will introduce them to a community filled with hope. They will see the mural at the community school which depicts their tragic history when they were hunted in the jungle by the Guatemalan army, visit the local health clinic, share the Liturgy of the Word with them, and play soccer with the children.
Father Ted Custer is a Maryknoll missioner from South Bend, IN.He has spent 30 years in Nicaragua and is now pastor of El Remate, a modest community where the people make their living by way of the tourist industry. Participants in the mission immersion trip will visit El Remate and the other small communities which Father Ted serves. Here they will get an eye-opening experience of the popular religiosity which the local people celebrate. They will also visit homes, and experience the ministry of the Delegates of the Word, lay pastors who care for the various chapels of the parish.
Father Juan Zuñiga is a Maryknoll priest from San Antonio, TX. He spent the first few years of his missionary life in Macau,an island near Hong Kong. Later he counseled migrants from Central America and Mexico in a shelter in Ciudad Juarez, MX. He also worked inside the U.S. Immigration Services Detention Center in El Paso, TX. Most recently Father Zúñiga works in prison ministry in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He currently serves at a maximum security prison for men (El Abra), where he celebrates Mass on Sundays.