About Maya Indian Missions

Maya Indian Missions is based in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. We serve the Maya people in several pueblos north of Merida including, Komchen, Cosgaya, Noc Ac, Sierra Papacal, San Antonio Hool, and Dzitya.

 

The Maya are simple people, rich in cultural tradition, with needs we take for granted. We are showing, with the help of our supporters, that people do care and are helping create an environment of empowerment and positive change.

 

Sr. Terry, the Early Years

Sr. Terry Maksym, a Maryknoll nun, had been working in Mexico with the Maya Indians since the 1970’s. She had come to know and love the people there, in carrying out her mission. Her warm personality made her a beloved person in the villages, while at the same time she was not afraid to take on tough challenges head-on and work to change things for the better.

 

Sr. Terry continued her work with the Maya and with Fr. Bill, until her retirement in 2010.

 

Fr. Bill’s Arrival

Fr. Bill Auth, osfs, taught for several years in Oblate high schools and was a member of the Formation Team before moving on to Youth Ministry and Parish Ministry.

 

He had visited Mexico in 1981, where he met Sr. Terry and mentioned to her that he was thinking about learning some Spanish so he could help the Hispanic people in the United States. She invited him to come to the Yucatan. After a few weeks of Spanish studies, he ended up in Komchen, a small village north of Merida. He lived in the sacristy of the little church and loved the people. He went back every year for a month and in 1991 he headed back for good.

 

During his nearly 30 years in Mexico, Fr. Bill has seen and initiated much change. A church built, several computer centers, schools, a scholarship program, an AIDS hospice ministry, and so much more that is empowering the Maya people in those villages to build hope for a better tomorrow.

 

 

The Mission Continues Today

 

A strong local leadership team
has evolved to carry forward the important work of Maya Indian Missions.

 

These team members are from Merida or the villages we serve and have established their ability to leverage their local experience to reach out and continue serving the people in the pueblos. Fr. Bill continues to oversee and support this team.

A board of directors
in the United States oversees Maya Indian Missions to ensure the long term health of the organization and that it is able to continue service aligned with its mission.

 

This includes communication and visits with the local leadership team in Mexico. A local board is present in Mexico for ensuring the local requirements are met.

Maya Mission supporters
in the U.S. continue to play a vital role in supporting this important work.

 

Periodic updates are shared via email and printed newsletters, in addition to social media posts. There continue to be parish mission appeals by Fr. Bill or others in the U.S. to continue this connection with supporters and the conversion of people and attitudes toward the poor, the rejected, and the immigrants who are in our midst.

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MAYA INDIAN MISSIONS

U.S. Mailing Address

Maya Indian Missions

P.O. Box 130388

Ann Arbor, MI 48113

 

Maya Indian Missions is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

 

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