I admire the people among whom I live for many things, but especially notable is their generosity with one another with the little they have.”
Sister Jeri Stokes has been experiencing the generosity of people in sharing each other’s lives ever since she joined the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation on February 2, 1960 from Long Beach, California. She was first welcome in Hawaii as a primary and middle school teacher. In 1969, she moved to Bolivia to study the language in preparation for her second mission country, Peru, where she lived in Puno and taught English as a second language.
In 1970 she was assigned to the Mexico/Guatemala Region and in Colegio Rogers, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, she taught physical education and sports clubs from fifth grade to second year college classes. Later she facilitated home industries and weaving cooperatives for women in Yucatán. In San Pedro, Sacatepequez, Guatemala, she continued leadership training of rural women’s groups.
In 1983 she was assigned to Musoma, Tanzania where she taught religious education in the Musoma and Mara high schools briefly as well as being a member of the Musoma Diocesan Communications Office.
Returning to the Maryknoll Center in 1985, she worked in the Communication Office. It was during this time that she honed her skills in photography and writing. She became the region’s videographer and photographer when she returned to Tanzania in 1991. Her ministry goal is to provide a documentary type visual communication to help people appreciate and be involved in the life experiences of the people with whom the Maryknoll Missioners work all over the world.
Presently she is also photographer on the Emusoi Center Compound and Web Site maintenance.
“It is a desire to put into balance, words and photos to picture the struggles, hopes, sharing, happiness of the people with whom we work and share life.”