Monday, January 16, 2012

(65) PAVLA After 50 Years V - Long Range Effects & What Are They Doing Now?

      From the beginning in 1961, there were successes and problems with the Papal Volunteers for Latin America (PAVLA). It was under the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and led by Fr. Raymond A. Kevane from his office in Chicago. By 1967 there were about 250 volunteers in the field with many if not most of the 195 dioceses participating with two or three lay volunteers each.
The Decline of PAVLA

       Most volunteers needed at least a year to adapt to the culture, become proficient in the language, know the people, and become effective in his or her job. Some were not properly placed or could not adapt to the culture and went home early. Religious missionaries had the same problems, but were established and were long term. The Peace Corps also had such problems, but they had the resources to absorb their mistakes. Their public relations covered up the failures and emphasized their successes while PAVLA was more focused on its failures. Furthermore, the Papal Volunteers usually served American missions already in place and had little opportunity to exercise individual initiative. The Peace Corps Volunteers had considerable freedom in the very broad area of Community Development.

       In any event PAVLA's long range survival was in question. The American Church was going through the post Vatican II turmoil and the drying up of religious vocations. The Church at the diocesan level became more focused upon its own problems and was losing interest in sending lay volunteers to the missions

      In 1967 I came home for my brother John's wedding and gave a talk to a large group of volunteers in training. In 1969 during a year off to obtain a Master's Degree in Business at the University of Pittsburgh, I attended a meeting of returned volunteers in Dayton, Ohio. The numbers in the field began to dwindle. I attended another meeting at the Chicago O'Hare Airport I think about 1972 while on home leave. After that I didn't hear anything about PAVLA as an active organization. Apparently in 1973 or so, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops quietly dissolved the Papal Volunteers for Latin America as a national organization.

        However, the dioceses continued to sponsor the volunteers in the field. Although deposits of $125 (a raise from $100) per month into my checking account suddenly stopped for several months, the Baltimore Archdiocese corrected it and continued to sponsor me until my father died in October 1979 and my mother was alone with Fred, a sick brother. While teaching at the Franciscan University of Steubenville from 1980 to 1983, I spent the summers of 1980, 1981, and 1982 as a volunteer, financing myself the last two summers.

Fr. Raymond Kevane's Fight to Save PAVLA.  He is the former National Director of PAVLA in the 1960s.  He left the priesthood, but is a practicing Catholic.  He believed that the American hierarchy betrayed PAVLA by abandoning it in the early 1970s and let it die as an organization.  True, the Baltimore Archdiocese continued to sponsor me until 1980 and other dioceses continued to sponsor lay volunteers on its own for a number of years.  Today religious orders and societies as the Jesuits and Maryknoll sponsor lay volunteers.   Maryknoll clergy technically are secular priests and not religious.

When PAVLA was at its peak with some 250 volunteers in the field during the middle 1960s, Maryknoll and the religious orders would request volunteers from PAVLA.  Their only obligation was to supervise and provide them with a place to stay.  Each volunteer received a stipend of about $100 a month from its sponsoring diocese for food, and other expenses.  The sponsoring diocese was also responsible for the training expenses and travel to the mission and back.  The original intent was for the Latin American organization or diocese to request a volunteer and provide a place to stay, but that seemed to be the exception. 

In that same book Fr. Kevane also accused the bishops of the early 1970s of being guilty of practicing what the Vatican in the 1890s condemned as the heresy of Americanism.  It is defined below. – on the heresy of Americanism which Pope Leo XIII condemned in 1899.  While still a priest, Fr. Raymond A Kevane  condemned some 70 years later when he fought to preserve the Papal Volunteers for Latin America, a concept which is still an innovative idea today.  Individual dioceses should have a missionary mentality and send lay volunteers to foreign lands.  But sadly, the typical diocese is too preoccupied with its local problems, often overwhelming to use its human and financial resources for sending a couple of volunteers to help in the foreign missions.  True, there’s so much evangelization to be done with lapsed Catholics in our own parishes and extended families.  With our severe shortage of vocations, we need and have been accepting missionaries from Poland, Africa, India, and even Latin America.  

  - an article by Russel Shaw, showing that the Americanism heresy, which reflects individualism in our culture, is still alive today.  It includes the belief that the Catholic Church is obliged to change with the times and compromise its moral teaching.  It also shows how the Knights of Columbus has remained faithful to the Magisterium over the years.  Russel Shaw believes that in the United States the old Americanism heresy is alive and well among the liberals in the Church……Cafeteria Catholicism, disregard of Papal teaching and authority, disobedience to pastors and bishops, the so called right to choose abortion, women priests, de-emphasis of sin and confession, following of conscience even though it is opposed to Church teaching, relative morality, etc.      
     Since the 1970s, PAVLA has had the image of being just another program that began with great enthusiasm and then later failed. Thomas Quigley, who headed up an office for lay volunteers under the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was not very positive about PAVLA.  I have tried to show that PAVLA was by no means a failure and was at least a modest success.  PAVLA was certainly a pioneer in the concept of lay missioners which is continuing today.

The Role of PAVLA in Promoting the Concept of Lay Missioners

     The concept of Catholic lay missionaries did not stop with the death of PAVLA. Indeed PAVLA promoted the concept of lay missioners throughout its life. During and after the decline of PAVLA, new lay missionary groups were formed for training and placing lay missionaries for commitments of at least three years.
      The Maryknoll Lay Missioners were founded in 1974 ( train and send missioners all over the world. Although more independent over the years, at least in administration and fund raising, the 140 or so volunteers work closely with the Maryknoll fathers, brothers, and sisters and have access to much of their resources.

  The Jesuits formed JV International in 1983 (, The Lay Mission Helpers were founded in 1955 ( and other missionary orders founded or expanded their programs for lay missionaries.

      Since 1990 the Franciscan Mission Service ( forms, trains, and sends lay volunteers to Bolivia and Africa. They inculcate the franciscan charism in their lay missioners and ask them to continue to serve the Church in America after their return with that same Franciscan missionary spirit. In other words, they continue to utilize their international experience and Franciscan formation in following the command that Christ gave to St. Francis, “Rebuild my Church” for the rest of their lives. Indeed every Catholic is called to be a missionary (see Blog #5).

     In 1997 the Mission Doctors Association, (founded in 1959 -, responding to the needs of many professionals and hospitals where MDA had personnel serving, began the short-term program. Doctors are invited to attend a Retreat/Seminar prior to accepting an assignment to a mission hospital or clinic. These short-term assignments are one to three months in duration. Today many American doctors and nurses commonly give one or two weeks of their vacations to serve on a medical mission anywhere from Haiti to Africa ( Dr. Mel Simon of Gallipolis has organized an annual medical mission to the Phillipines for over 25 years (see Blog #16).

       I like to think that PAVLA, as a pioneer in lay missionary work in 1960s and early 1970s, has left a legacy and has helped to promote the concept of lay missioners, especially with its publicity in the early years. In these ways, PAVLA has made at least a small contribution to the growth of the lay missionary movement and indirectly to the formation of new lay missionary groups. Furthermore, current organizations that recruit, train, and send lay missionaries to the missions, have learned from the successes, mistakes, and experience of PAVLA.

       Vincent Gragnani gives a good picture of lay missionaries today in his article in the July 30, 2007 issue of America Magazine, “The New, Lay Face of Missionaries” (  He estimated the number of lay missoners overseas at about 1000. However, most are hurting for funds and are dependent upon their parent religious order. PAVLA had about 250 at its peak.  He recommended the following websites to find more opportunities about volunteer opportunities domestic and foreign: The Pallotti Center, The Catholic Network of Volunteer Services, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Franciscan Mission Service, and Good Shepherd Volunteers (Simply click on the website of interest).

      Response 2012 has published the most comprehensive guide of faith-based service opportunities available......some 200 programs and thousands of openings to serve for periods of one week to one year or more in the United States and over 100 countries worldwide. Volunteers are from all walks of life, single and married .......from high school students to senior citizens with or without children. Call 1-800-543-5046, e-mail or go online at

Contributions of Former Papal Volunteers to the Church in Latin American & Back Home  
(Updated February 2, 2014)

          Pioneers in Short Term Lay Commitment.  Inspired by Pope John XXIII's call for help to Latin America, PAVLA was really the pioneer in the concept of lay missioners giving at least three years of their lives in serving the Church in the missions.  Only the lay institutes as Madonna House preceded PAVLA, but they required a lifetime commitment.  After the decline of PAVLA, numerous organizations as Maryknoll and the Jesuits continue to send lay missioners all over the world.  Some of these groups are listed above.  Although it has been defunct for almost 40 years, clearly PAVLA's concept of short term lay missioners is very much alive, thanks to its pioneering efforts.    

        Latin American Bishops of the 1960s and 70s were pleased with the work of PAVLA through its lay missioners.   

At the same time, the people of the sponsoring diocese received a greater mission  awareness……not only looking in, but also looking out.  The local diocesan newspaper would publicize the work of the volunteers and the priests they sent and supported for a temporary commitment of at least three years.  The parishes would also identify with one of their own.  For the time being most dioceses are overwhelmed with a lack of vocations, low finances, fallen away Catholics, moral laxity, less involvement in parish life, scandal, etc.  But let us pray for a revival and work hard to solve our problems with the Lord’s help…….evangelizing ourselves and others.   

Perhaps the greatest contribution of PAVLA is through its former Papal Volunteers who returned home to serve the Church, the poor, our Country, and the world for the rest of their lives. Armed with the spiritual growth, experience, and missionary spirit gained during their time in Latin America, they continue to strengthen a Church beset by scandal, indifference, laxity, and fallen away Catholics. The need for a strong laity is crucial and they are trying to do their part.  

          May they continue to pass down their missionary spirit even though the Papal Volunteers of the 60s and 70s are in their twilight years and beginning to die off.   Before we all pass on, let us set straight the history of the American Church.  PAVLA is not a failure and should never have been discontinued.  The turmoil of the 60s and 70s did not justify looking inward and abandoning such a noble endeavor.    In fact it is still reaping fruits.  Perhaps some day each diocese may again send lay missioners such as the Papal Volunteers to Latin America.  For now we are missioners in our own country as part of the New Evangelization that desperately needs young lay leaders to rebuild and renew the Church in America. 

         I wonder if a reunion of former Papal Volunteers would be possible to celebrate the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and to re-energize our efforts and the concept of lay volunteers nationwide working for the Church full time for three years or more and continuing to serve part time as volunteers after their terms are over as well as putting Christ into their full time jobs.  Of course, thousands of lay professionals already devote their careers working directly for the Church full time in diocesan and parish ministries, in schools and colleges, in hospitals, and many diverse charities.

      What Are They Doing Now? Let us look at what former volunteers did in Latin America and what they are doing now. Invariably, they all have a great social awareness, which they passed on to their children. Some are liberal and some are conservative, but they all have been making a contribution for years and in many cases their adult children as well, although not all of the latter have been faithful to the Church.   Let's look at them.  

    I ask all former Papal Volunteers to pass the word and contact me at or and update me on what they did as lay missioners and what they are doing now plus any other news worth sharing.  Also please send the e-mail addresses of other Papal Volunteers you know.  Then I'll be able to continue to update this blog about more former Papal Volunteers.  Please help me.  I'll try to keep this blog up to date.  Unless told otherwise, I will forward all e-mails to my Papal Volunteer E-mail List or you can use the list below yourself.  Most of those below served about three years mainly in the 1960s and a few in the 1970s.  I was there full time from 1965 (68-69 for an MBA at Pitt) until 1979 when my father died.  I last served in the Summers of 1980, 1981, and 1982 while teaching at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  The most current e-mail addresses are below.

Jean Fox - was a saintly woman who worked as a nurse in charge of a postamedica in Sicuani, Peru.  After PAVLA, she joined Madonna House Apostolate founded by Catherine Doherty, whose cause for canonization is advancing.  It is a large group of lay men and women as well as priests that evangelize by doing charitable works and living the Gospel without compromise.  They make lifetime promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience  Initially PAVLA sent her there for her spiritual formation.  Jean later served nearly 20 years as the Director General of Women for the world-wide Madonna House Apostolate until her death in April 2004.  You can order her book, "Inflamed By Love" from the Madonna House Apostolate by clicking on website remembers her  as one of the pioneers of their movement.  Jean Fox may be the most prominent former Papal Volunteer of us all in terms of major contributions to the Church.  She left a life long impression on me when I met her in 1968 at her postamedica in Sicuani, Peru.   
Dr. William Thompson - served in Jamaica, working in a middle class parish and later in a poor Jesuit parish in Kingston.  He also taught Catequesis in an elementary school, worked with groups in the community, and helped them with government ministries.   He earned a PhD in Psychology from Boston College and became a professor.  Bill also worked on the US. Commission on Civil Rights, Public shools of Boston, Catholic Charities in Washington, and did administrative work.  Retired he continues to work in his parish, St. Mark Church in Summerfield, FL,  14208 SE 85th Terrace; Summerfield, FL 34491.   He shows Fr. Robert Barron's Catholicsm Series each year.   He's also their Religious Education Coordinator.  He also organizes Eucharistic programs, seminars, and talks.  Since Pope John XXIII inspired the formation of PAVLA, he plans on attending his canonization and would like others to join him.     

Mary Thompson - served in Jamaica where she started a sewing school.  Many of the people they worked with are active in the Jamaican Church today.  They actually worked with Fr. Richard Lung, the saintly priest who works with the poor there and has a TV program on EWTN, "Missionaries of the Poor.  Mary is now an adviser for students at College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida.  Previously she did social work in Boston, southern Maryland, and in the community   At Cornell, she was Assistant Dean of Minority Programs. 

Fr. Raymond A. Kevane - As the founding Director of PAVLA in the 1960s and early 1970s, he fought valiantly and hard to preserve PAVLA and felt betrayed by the sudden lack of support by the American bishops.  I attended a couple of meetings he called in 1969 in Dayton and Chicago.  He later wrote a book: "Betrayed: An American Catholic Priest Speaks Out: Modern Heresies Exposed" and another specifically on PAVLA.  The latter can be found at by clicking on  To buy either book go to or google his name.  After leaving PAVLA, he was laicized. 

Kevin Dwyer - was the Director of the Papal Volunteers for Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile in the 1960s headquartered in our Center House in the Lince section of Lima, Peru.  He went on for a PhD in Education and worked in that area.  He died in 2008 or so.  Write me for his daughter's e-mail full of memories on him or write Kathy Dwyer Piazza directly at  I vividly remember him and his beautiful family.  I hope that Kathy can send more information on what he did after PAVLA and what his children are doing now.
Dr. John Keenan - succeeded Kevin Dwyer as Director in 1968 or so.  Previously he taught in Valparaiso, Chile. He married a Chilean girl and raised a family in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he has done research in a chemical lab for a number of years.  I remember his long letters to us and hope that he can bring us up to date on himself.  

Green Bay Diocese Volunteers.  Peter Geniesse - served in Antofagasta, Chile.  He worked with other volunteers sponsored by the Green Bay Diocese.......teacher Jim Schaefer of Green Bay, nurse Carol Reinkover, and teacher Jeannine Ducharme of Canada.  Genevieve Zandala - served at a parish clinic in rural Mexico.  For more detail click on - from the Green Bay Diocesan Newspaper May 21, 2004

Dr. Fred Turk  – Taught Math in Arequipa, Peru, where he met his wife. He obtained his PhD in Education at Catholic University. Fred was engaged in education research with the Education Ministries in conjunction with the OAS & UNESCO in Peru, Ecuador, and Chile. He was also a professor in a University in Brazil. In Rock Falls, IL Fred worked with wife and women abusers, Peace Action, Open Forum Adult Education, and Occupation Wall Street.

Kay Laswell Turktaught elementary school and worked with the parish credit union and library in Arequipa, Peru. With an entrepreneurial spirit Kay started and directed a Learning Center for special academic help at Sauk Valley Community College in Rock Falls. Fred and Kay passed on a legacy of social awareness to their children:
*Danielis an MIT Civil Engineer, who worked for the Interamerican Development Bank and the World Bank in project evaluation.
*Davidis a lawyer, who was on the staff of Joe Biden. As a Special Adviser to the President in the White House, he did liaison work between the National Security Agency and Congress.  Currently he is an envoy for the State Department, promoting climate control.
*Gregis an MBA finance graduate, working with the Illinois Teachers Pension Fund.
*Naomiis an elementary school teacher. She and her husband taught in Mexico for two years.

Marilyn Banjo Neushwander was an executive secretary to the Rector of the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria, Fr. William Morris, in Arequipa, Peru. There she met her husband Mario, a former student and raised two children. They live in Lima, where Mario is a banker.

Sr. Jane DeLand – A former psychiatric nurse was in charge of a parish clinic in Arequipa, Peru. Just recently I talked to Fr. Gil DeRitis at Maryknoll and he raved at her competence in running that clinic and helping out in the parish at Cerro Colorado. Later she obtained an MBA and became a public health administrator. In the 1990s Sister Jane joined the cloistered Sisters of St. Clare and became their prioress in Evansville, Indiana. At the age of 74, she's one of the youngest nuns there and takes care of her aging sisters, who seem to go on forever. All over the world cloistered nuns seem to have an unusual longevity.  Perhaps it is because they are free of stress with a complete trust in God.  

Joe Wessing – a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, did agricultural work under the Maryknoll Fathers in Capa Chica near Puno, Peru. He met Virginia in Peru. He ran an insurance agency and they continue to run their farm in Pilot Grove, MO.  He was one of the last of "The Great Generation" which sacrificed and worked hard both home and abroad for victory in World War II.  He died on June 26, 2013 at the age of 92.

Virginia Mieghen Wessing taught nursing at the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria and met Joe in Peru. Later she did nursing work in Missouri. Both continue to be very active in their parish and contribute to Catholic causes.

Sister Maria Colabella Sr. Maria Colabella – taught Nursing at the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria and lived among the poor in Arequipa, Peru. After open heart surgery, this unsinkable woman joined the Maryknoll Sisters, with whom she does social and nursing work with the poor in New Rochelle, NY.  For more 
detail click on

Marlene Anderson served as the executive secretary to the Rector of the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria, Fr. William Morris (he died in the 1990s in Arequipa, Peru.  His tomb and monument are at the University he founded.) Later she worked for the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile.  We're trying to regain contact with her.

Ron Bosse – worked with a Credit Coop in Juli near Puno, Peru. He married another volunteer and they both continue to this day as Maryknoll lay missioners there.

Ed Gordenworked in Agriculture and continues in the same area in the state of Washington.
Rita Gordenworked in Lima, Peru.  She married Ed and has hosted many people from Peru in a people to people outreach from their home in the state of Washington.

Mary Ellen Howardsonworked in Osorno, Chile. She taught Spanish at St. Catherine College in Minnesota.

Bill Brighoff - was a Papal Volunteer from Baltimore from 1965 to 1968.  Having a BS in Animal Science, he taught at Lynam Agricultural College in Belize and managed the livestock.  He met his first wife there, Lois Gund, who was also a PAVLA volunteer who taught nursing.  In ‘71, he obtained a MS in Zoology and in ‘79 a JD.  Then Bill practiced law for a few years, but returned to teaching in the St Louis Public Schools for 15 years before retirement.   Pray for Bill that he returns to the Church from the secular humanist group he belongs to.

The Green Bay, Wisconsin Papal Volunteers worked mainly in Antofagasta, Chile.  These include Jim Schaefer (teacher), Carol Reinkover (nurse), and Jeannine Ducharme (teacher), a Canadian sponsored by the Green Bay Diocese. Genevieve Zandala, a registered nurse, served at a parish clinic in rural Mexico until the diocese's Antofagasta mission was established.  Peter Geniesse returned for a visit in 2004.  Click on for more detail about them.

Tom Quigley - was in charge of PAVLA for a while in the middle,1970s and had a position with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  His job seemed to be that of winding PAVLA down.  He wrote an article on PAVLA which I thought to be very negative.  Perhaps he could give us his side and bring us up to date on himself.

Dr. Paul R. Sebastian (1965 - 1982) (call 740-245-9404) - taught Chemistry, Methodology of Science Teaching, Business, and Economic Development at the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria and the Universidad Nacional de San Augustin.  He wrote extensively for two newspapers (El Correo mainly & El Diario Pueblo) and three radio stations (Radio Melodia, Radio Concordia, & Radio San Martin) there on religious and current topics.  He also worked with the Christian Fraternity for the Sick & Handicapped, promoted vocations, organized lectures & forums in the Civic Auditorium, taught short courses to Science teachers, etc.  For my activities in the United States, see my bio in the right hand column.

Peace Corps Volunteers Who Worked With Us in Arequipa, Peru

Mark Tribo & his wife - taught Chemistry with us in 1971-72.  She taught in the Escuela Normal de las Madres Esclavas.  Mark worked for a number of years for Dupont in Parkersburg, WV.  They organized cursillos for teachers in Arequipa.  His wife is working with the nuns in Arizona, doing social work with Mexican immigrants, some of whom come across the border almost dying of thirst.  Retired, he plans to join her.  It's a small world!  He joined our parish in the 2014 March for Life and they "by chance" put us together as roommates in the motel.  We had a great chat.

Bob Relyea - taught Math for us and was very popular with the students.  He married a missionary's daughter in Arequipa.  Bob continued to teach in Australia. 

Fred Mouncer - taught Biology with us.  I saw him at Cornell where he was a graduate student.  I understand that he was killed in an auto accident in 1978.

Gary Barnes - taught a science lab I believe.  He was a real character, whom we loved.

E-Mail List

“Raymond Kevane – Former National Director PAVLA” <>,

“Dr. John (Silvia) Keenan – Former Regional Director Andean Countries” <>,

“Virginia Mehigin Wessing - Peru" <>, <>,
"?Marilyn Banjo Neuenswander (married Mario) - Peru" <>,
“Sr. Jane Deland - Peru” <>,
“Dr. Fred & Kay Laswell Turk - Peru” <>,
“Sister Maria Colabella - Peru” <>,
“Paul R. Sebastian – Arequipa in Peru” <>,
“?Bill Brighoff - Belize” <>,
“Kathy Dwyer Piazza (daughter of Kevin Dwyer, former Regional Director for Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Columbia in the 1960s).  She found my blog on PAVLA and wrote me.)” <>,
“Dr. William & Mary Thompson - Jamaica” <>,
“Mark Tribo – Former Peace Corp Volunteer in Arequipa-Peru” <>,

“Janice Alburquerque - Brazil” <>,
“Bob & Mary Liz Bauer - Santiago” <>,
“?Ray & Roberta Bellock – Lima” <>,
“Anita & Bob Cook - Lima” <>,
“Bart & Jeanette Givens – Santiago” <>,
 “?Denton Hoy – Lima” <>,
 “Beth & Wayne Malone – Peru/Chile” <>,
“Rolando & Isabel Martineau – Chile” <>,
“?Laureen O’Brien – Peru” <>,
“Ray & Gaby Plankey – Chile” <>,
“Kathy & Tony Sebald – Chile” <>, 

"Jim Campion" <>,

? = the e-mail address was probably changed.

         John Keenan has an extensive contact list of former Papal Volunteers with addresses and phone numbers.  However, the e-mail addresses are incomplete.  You can e-mail him at <>
for more contact information on the person you are looking for.  His contact list includes the following people:

First Name Last Name    

Lima Carrie Aggie
Brazil Janice Albuquerque 
Lima (CUSO) Bob Anderson
Mexico John  Baker
Santiago Bob Bauer
La Paz Bolivia Ann Marie Bedriski
Lima Ray/Roberta Bellock
Lima  Gladys Berry
Juli Caroline Bihn
Santiago Marlys Blomquist
Juli Ron  Bosse
Tacna Mary Lou Brunner

Jim Campion
Arequipa Maria  (Sr.) Colabella
Puno Jim Comes
Temuco Dorothy Conry
Lima Anita Cook
Valparaiso Bob Coyne
Paraguay/Puno Paul Dase
Osorno Pauline DeCosse
Arequipa Jane (Sr.) DeLand
Santiago Belinda Driscoll
Lima Ed Dunn
Lima Doreen  Finseth
Santiago (PC) Dave Fisk
Arequipa Nancy  Flora
Sicuani Bob Gaudio
Chile Donald Gianetti
Santiago Bart Givens
Lima Rita Godlewski
Chillan Ana Maria Gonzalez
Lima Ed Gordon
Osorno Mary Ellen Halverson
Puno Jim Heinzen
Lima Anita Hernanadez
Puno Lou Hogan
Lima Denton Hoy
Lima Jackie Huber
Santiago Mike Juarez
Valparaiso John  Keenan
Santiago Virginia Kennedy
DC, and around Raymond Kevane
Temuco Mavis Kucina 
Arequipa Kay Laswell
Tacna Gladys Lauer
Santiago Emile/Nancy  Leger
Concepcion Millie Lewandowski
Valparaiso Margaret Loughlin

Janice Lynch
Puno/Valpo Beth/Wayne Malone
Valparaiso Rolando Martineau
Tacna Hope Martinez
Tacna Joyce McGunigal
Lima? Edward  McKenna
Juli Jim Norton
Peru Laurene O'Brien
Lima Bernadette O'Reilly
Sicuani Mary     Owens
Temuco Mike Pedersen
Temuco Ray Plankey
Valparaiso Kathy Powers

Nancy  Ryan
Juli Martha  Ramsey
Lima Rose Schopper Cordry
Valparaiso Kathy/Tony Sebald
Arequipa Paul  Sebastian
Lima Pat Simons
Venezuela Sandy Stewart
Venezuela Jane    Till
Chillan June Titus
Santiago Margaret Toomey
Arequipa Fred Turk
Juliaca Joe Wessing
Tacna Julia Van Heusen
Perhaps you can add people to John Keenan"s Contact List


  1. Any Information on Isabel Valverde who was a director of PAVLA from the Centro Bellarmino in Santiago, Chile from 1964-1967?

  2. I'm trying to get in contact with a former PAVLA volunteer...Martha Ramsey (married named I believe is Toledo).

    Martha served in Juli, Peru during the 1960's with my mother (deceased for the past 35 years), Eliane Handweiler...she was in the Peace Corps, from NYC.

    Martha wrote some stories about my Mother and gave me copies back in the 1990s...I am just now re-reading them and wanted to talk to her, thank her, etc...I hope I am not too late. Do you know how I can find her?

    My contact info is below.

    Thank you!


    -Daniel Segal

    (917) 684-8593 cell

  3. still looking for information or a photo of Isabel Valverde , Pavla, Santiago Chile