Dear Friends and Alumni of the Maryknoll Language Institute in Cochabamba, Bolivia:
We take this opportunity to inform you of the difficult decision of the closure of the Maryknoll Language Institute (IDEIM) for an indefinite period of time effective October 31, 2013. In its 48 years of existence in this crossroads of mission in Latin America, we remember with gratitude and affection the almost thirteen thousand students who passed through our doorways and classrooms since 1965.
Thank you for your commitment to accompany the people of Latin America through your witness of solidarity, but also through your service to the Hispanic communities in the United States, Japan and other countries, taking with you the same spirit of love, justice and joy you lived out here in your time in Cochabamba.
We remember with special affection the several teachers who taught here over these years. You have made great contributions to this Institute not only through the teaching of Spanish, Quechua and Aymara, but also through sharing your experiences, your culture… your life. You made the process of learning a language an enjoyable and profoundly spiritual experience for the students sent to mission here in Latin America.
We remind all of you that the Maryknoll Mission Center in Latin America (CMMAL) continues in operation with its administrative and operative sections. The mission formation programs of SEMILLA and DESPERTAR will continue to offer a variety of courses and workshops during this period and into the future.
Thank you for your support and prayerful solidarity!