Our Education Mission Team has been apart for many months now. And we have missed each other. So, it was time for us to get up and running again, even if we met virtually and not in-person.
Our Dominican “sisters”, Miguelina and Melvina (with the help of Miquea from the Diocesan Office and Martires, the English coordinator at Colegio San Andres) orchestrated a Zoom meeting that brought together folks from Alabama, California, Mexico, Nebraska and the Dominican Republic. My firm grip on modern technology enables me to report that it happened by magic. Someone else can explain the links and uploads and downloads and electron flows that conspired to let us communicate. Here’s a screen shot of us “together” again.
This Zoom meeting was unlike most of the others I’ve “attended” over the past 10 months. We had an opening and a closing prayer, as well as a benediction from our newest member, Mother Amanda Gott from St. Matthew’s, Lincoln. We had singing (no dancing, please) and a video news report on what’s been happening in Diocesan education recently. The format was a conversatorio (moderated by Miguelina) in which we shared ideas and options for continuing our work in a pandemic. I’ve enclosed some photos of participants “conversatorio-ing” (I cannot do a blog post without some Spanglish).
Plans were made for our continued collaborations, though they might be at a distance on a computer screen. Miguelina described our team as Una Mision de Amor (a mission of love). I believe she’s onto something.
More blog reports to come on our progress. I’ll close with a Ken Burns-like photo album capturing our work together over the years. As we say in Nebraska: “It’s been a hoot!”