“I have experienced the zeal with which these Maryknoll missioners celebrate life and God beyond their own cultural and social boundaries to be authentic with the people, especially those marginalized and powerless.”
As an artist, Sister Analyn Manauis brings a creative spirit to share life with the people she will meet in her new mission. Sister Analyn Manauis entered Maryknoll in 2004 and made her First Vows on August 27, 2006. She graduated from the Philippine School of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Science in 1992.
Sister Analyn was assigned to Guatemala in January 2007, and went to study Spanish in the Maryknoll Language Institute in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Arriving in Guatemala she was oriented to the country by visiting all the Maryknoll sisters ministries. She now believes everyone who has told her that Guatemala is a beautiful country. “One is blessed with the beautiful view of the mountains, lakes and volcanoes.” After discernment, Sister Analyn joined another Sister in San Andres Sajcabaja in the Department of El Quiché. When the nation was ripped apart by civil war in the 70’s and 80’s that wrought untold sufferings on her people, the diocese of El Quiché was closed for two years because of military invasion which claimed the lives of many church workers. The parish church which was destroyed during the 1976 earthquake became a dungeon for torture and consequently, a dumping ground for dead bodies. When the reconstruction of the church was started in 1992 dead bodies were found in the ground; an exhumation was done and the bodies wee given proper burial. She finds herself walking on holy ground.
San Andrés has a total of about 20,000 people, 84% of whom are Mayan Indigenous. The town itself has a population of about two thousand and the rural area of about 65 villages has approximately 18,000. Of this, 11,000 are Catholic, 5,000 adults and 6,000 children. Sister Analyn began her ministry in the parish with the youth. She says, “However poor the people are, they are very welcoming and generous especially to a stranger like me.”
While in Guatemala, Sister Analyn has moved into a collaborative administrative role in the parochial school, with an added ministry with the indigenous women served by Sister Barbara Noland.
Sister Analyn returned to ministry in Peru in 2013.