The Marist Mission Ranong (MMR) team is delighted of the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Davison & Carmel Henry, all the way from New Zealand. Fr. Kevin Medilo met Shaun in New Zealand. He is a director of Religious Studies in a Marist school in New Zealand. With that acquaintance, Shaun planned to make a connection with what the Marists are doing in Ranong.
The couple stayed in Ranong for a week, and had an opportunity to experience to teach the students in Marist Education Centre. They were also able to visit Burmese migrants’ abode, especially the HIV patients. Before they left, the couple write something about their personal experiences in Ranong:
‘Our stay with the Marist Mission in Ranong has been a powerful combination of deep Marist Catholic values sharpened by a clear vision of social justice outreach to the poorest of the poor. It has been inspiring to see the commitment of Religious and lay working side by side at the education centers and health programme.
It has deepened our faith to be sharing prayers and Eucharist with the Marist family. Mostly it has been a humbling experience to
meet members of the Burmese community, to hear of their dreams despite the overwhelming obstacles in their way. Although our stay has been brief, we feel we have formed the basis of a strong connection between the students of the Marist Education Centre and Pompallier Catholic College in New Zealand.
Thanks to Fr Kevin and Br Arnold for the warmth of your welcome.
Shaun Davison & Carmel Henry.’