The Asociacion Misonera Peruana Para America Latina y El Mundo (AMIPLAM) was founded in 2008 by Maryknoll Father James Madden. Many of our sisters who served the Altiplano of Peru also worked with him, including Sister Audrey Jean Loher who sponsored the OWM application. Sister Audrey Jean remembers Father Madden, who died in January 2014, “as a very dedicated, effective and wise missionary who saw that the desire of college students and other young people to serve the church, while giving testimony of their faith, could be truly enriching for the young people and for those they served.” Support through One- World Mission is “a way of continuing our efforts through the generosity of these young missionaries.”
At least 20 people benefitted in some way from the $5,000 OWM grant. Four new missionaries received extensive training and formation in the Catholic Social Teachings, theology of creation, spirituality, prayer and divine lectio. Most of the formation is given by teachers associated with the Catholic University of Arequipa, where Sister Camillus Weier once taught and helped establish the school of nursing. Workshop topics included occupational therapy and crafts, community life, tolerance, and working with various groups: women, youth, children, elderly. Two groups of university students were oriented in working with children and the elderly.
Missionaries already committed to the project participated in three workshops: mission and ecology, mission in the marginal areas, and the pillars of commitment: spirituality, community, action and global vision. The grant was far-reaching and accomplished a lot in terms of preparing the missionaries for work in the remote areas.