I can now tell you about the death of my most dear, long-time friend, Eloisa Chouy. On March 12 her heart failed.
To friends who read this public statement, I do it to recognize her work as a courageous leader in religious education. It is not easy to work under a military dictatorship as she did in the ’70’s. It is not easy to work in an alienating male-dominated church. She designed and directed adult catechesis in Uruguay on nights and weekends as a non-paid volunteer. Her day job was as an English language instructor and translator.
After receiving her graduate degree in catechesis at the Institute Catholique in Paris she developed creative methods and courses for adults. She coauthored many catecheticalbooks and produced six video productions that are used widely throughout Latin America, including Cuba. She was visiting Texas this last February, writing the script and designing the architecture for an interactive CD-ROM.
Eloisa was the creator of the pioneering website, Luz y Alegria, (Light and Happiness) and changed the way that adult catechesis is practiced on the Latin American continent. She made catechesis real for people, none of that other-world pious pablum here. This is because she was real, strong and loving.