Sister Analyn Manauis

amanauis_lgSister Analyn Manauis

Current Ministry Location – Peru

Analyn Manauis was born January 1, 1971 in Enrile, Cagayan, Philippines to Adoracion Aggarao Manauis and Narcisio Manauis. She had one brother and one sister. Analyn graduated from the University of St. Louis, Tuguegarao  City, Philippines in 1988. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the Philippines School of Business Administration in Manila, Philippines in 1992.

Analyn entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation August 8, 2004 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY. She professed First Vows August 27, 2006 at the Center and Final Vows August 14, 2016 in Peru. She received her first mission assignment in 2007 to Guatemala. As an artist, Sister Analyn brings a creative spirit to share life with the people she will meet in her new mission.

Sister Analyn studied 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 there. Then she believed everyone who had told her that Guatemala is a beautiful country. “One is blessed with the beautiful view of the mountains, lakes and volcanoes.” she said. 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 Guatemala earthquake became a dungeon for torture and consequently, a dumping ground for dead bodies. When the reconstruction of the church began in 1992 dead bodies were found in the ground; an exhumation was done and the bodies were given proper burial. She finds herself walking on holy ground.

9/13 – 25/ 2010

San Andrés had a total of about 20,000 people, 84% of whom were Mayan Indigenous. The town itself had a population of about two thousand and the rural area of about 65 villages had approximately 18,000. Of this, 11,000 were Catholic, 5,000 adults and 6,000 children. Sister Analyn began her ministry in the parish serving the youth. She said, “However poor the people are, they are very welcoming and generous especially to a stranger like me.”

While in Guatemala, Sister Analyn moved into a collaborative administrative role in the parochial school, with an added ministry with the indigenous women which had been served by Sister Barbara Noland.

Sister Analyn returned to the Center in NY September 13, 2010. She returned to ministry in Peru in 2013.