Jim Madden MM recently joined the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers' Vocation Team. For those who do not know Jim, he and Maryknoll Sister Ellen McDonald MM began the Maryknoll Affiliates.
Jim and Ellen will join Fred Goddard on a panel at the 2011 Maryknoll Affiliate Conference to look at the Maryknoll Affiliate past and future.
I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every mission assignment I have received in my 50 year experience as a Maryknoll Missioner. If you like adventure, as I do, with Jesus and people anywhere in the world, welcome!
Beginning my service with the Vocation Ministry Team is a special challenge. My work with the Aymara people in the high Andean mountains of Southern Peru did not offer me many opportunities to keep updated in the awesome progress of communications technology. That with the current U.S. society, culture and Church realities all put me into a "catch up" learning mode.
I entered Maryknoll in 1949, was ordained in 1960 and left for Peru where I have continued for most of the following 50 years. For many years I lived a simple life style with the Aymara indigenous people, learned their language and helped them to inculturate the gospel into their lives. I have participated in parish work, basic education, development projects, integral evangelization, community organizing, co-ops, formation of church and society leaders, and University Pastoral service.
In 1991, along with Maryknoll Sister Ellen McDonald, I organized the Maryknoll Affiliates, which are basic mission communities of volunteers who perform a variety of mission services. There are now over 55 Affiliate chapters in the United States, Philippines, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Tanzania, Puerto Rico and Guatemala. I am particularly proud of the Maryknoll Affiliates in Arequipa, Peru who have organized a new Peruvian Lay Mission Organization helping the Church in Peru participate in world wide mission. After another 12 years in Peru. I now begin this adventure of accompanying men and women who wish to participate in the mission of Jesus in this 21st century.
Walic jutajja! "Welcome!" (in Aymara)
Fr. Jim Madden, MM
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