Dear family and friends of the mission:

Bolivia is my home now, and I hope I can dedicate the useful years of my life here as a Vincentian priest. Working with Diego, Cyrille, Flora, Violeta, Juvenal and Ramiro continues to give me the most satisfaction I have had in thirty-five years of ministry.

famvin-logoAt the end of last year, the leaders of the Vincentian Community asked me if I would consider leaving the mission and dedicating myself to the development and extension of the Vincentian Family’s presence on the internet. It includes websites in multiple languages, as well as multilingual presences on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube… you name it, the Family is there! They sent me a rather extensive strategic plan and asked me to review it and consider their request. I cut a deal.

I indicated to my superiors that I didn’t think that I needed to leave the mission, nor did I want to. In fact, my presence in the missions could be a plus. I suggested that, with some initial moves that I could make from here in Bolivia, and an intensive burst of work during the second half of 2015, I could make the plan a reality. They agreed.

Cooperative learning...
Cooperative learning…
While working in Mocomoco, I’ve built a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in Spanish. I’ve been revising parts of the plan and taking the plan to the level of concrete strategies and tasks to be accomplished. This will be the basis for dialogue with the team that does most of the work, and we need to firm things up so we can invite others to participate in the project. In May, I’ll be home for a short visit to see you all, to celebrate Nur Gorayeb’s graduation from St. John’s (Nur is the young Bolivian woman that I helped find her way to St. John’s) and to meet with the group that drafted the original plan. We’ll hammer out details, but the mid-range plan for me is to be in Philadelphia from September through January, working with Fr. John Freund, who has dedicated years to building this project and was the one who suggested me to succeed him. He will be a pleasure to work with.

aidanfamvinThe long range plan is to return to work in Bolivia and manage and develop and its parts from Bolivia, creating international teams of people who will collaborate on the “FamVin Project.” I even have an idea to involve my computer students in Ingas! And why not? The internet makes it possible to work, to connect and to collaborate from almost any part of the globe. I love Bolivia, and I love the possibilities that exist in a worldwide network of charity. I am grateful and excited to have the chance to participate in both!


19 thoughts on “Sure, Why Not?

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  2. Mary Beth

    Grateful you said Yes to this! I like your compromise and will be happy to see you when I come to Philly! You will be a great collaborator with John and bring your creativity to this endeavor!!

  3. Kathryn Maleney

    Yes indeed. We seem to be able to do more and connect more if we can use the power of the internet to be a presence for good, and at the same time to be sure to connect actually as much as possible in the flesh. I feel like the internet connections are able to let us reach over walls and understand each other better. But also the personal connection being incarnate with each other is also so important. Learning how to balance these things so we stay sane and stay connected is a challenge. I’m delighted you are taking this on and that you don’t have to leave the work you seem to love so much in Bolivia.

  4. I’m sure it will be fun! It will be good to see you, too!

  5. Go Aidan! Very very exciting. And it will be good to connect face to face. Peace and love to you.

  6. Right back atcha, Sharon…

  7. Janine Mariscotti

    This sounds like a great plan, Aidan. To continue doing what you love and what feeds your soul…there’s nothing better. I hope to see you in the fall. Be well.

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  10. Kevin Elford

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  11. Louis Arceneaux

    Great idea Aidan. Hope all works out well and continue to develop the great work John started. Easter peace, Louie A

  12. Sister Louise Sullivan

    Thank you for saying YES to this project, Aidan. It will continue to evolve and grow in ways you have perhaps not thought of yet. I look forward to continuing to following it. Many thanks to John for all that he has done to make famvin a wonderful Vincentian Family tool. Happy Easter and Good Luck in this new undertaking. Louise S

  13. john gouldrick


    Your latest post — actually, all of your posts — lift me up. Especially glad that you are finding satisfaction in Bolivia. Life is good in California as well. Will I see you at the Provincial Assembly?

  14. Hi! Glad you are well! I won’t be in for the Assembly, because I am coming in for a couple of weeks in May(SJU commencement and a FamVin Project meeting.) But I’ll be home fron September through January.

  15. Al Puntel

    Praise God. Christina forwarded your email to me. See you in September.

  16. It will be good to see you, Al!

  17. Kathleen

    Hey Aidan,
    Tom and I are happy and sad. : ( Happy for you to have a new direction, sad for us that it’s so far away…but we have SKYPE!!!

    Good luck in this new endeavor that embraces ALL of your talents…it can be a small world in your capable hands. See you in May!

  18. Frank Sacks

    Thanks, Aidan, for taking on the colossal FamVin project — It’s great you are involving folks from Bolivia. Look forward to seeing you later this year.

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