Recognition to Br. Lawrence Kenning, MM

By: Maryknoll News
On: June 15, 2023

During a live-streamed event on June 26, 2023, held at the Maryknoll Mission Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Br. Lawrence Kenning, MM was celebrated and honored. The occasion featured the dedication of the book titled “Catalog of Medicinal Plants of the Botanical Garden of the Fathers and Brothers of Maryknoll” in his name, which was carried out by the author, Carlos Prado. In his dedication, the author expresses that the book serves as a tribute and recognition to Brother Lorenzo Kenning MM.
In his “Acknowledgements”, the author also mentions other Maryknollers involved:

To Brother Alejandro Marina, Director of the Maryknoll Mission Center, for his decisive and significant support in giving greater impetus and continuity to the interinstitutional agreement with our organization, Kuska, in the city of Cochabamba, started about 30 years ago.

To Brother Lorenzo Kenning MM, with whom we carried out multiple activities and joint efforts in the implementation of endangered plants and species, with the main objective being the conservation and protection of the environment. One of these spaces was the garden of the [Mission] Center, as well as the Dr. Martin Cárdenas Botanical Garden in [the] Muyurina [neighborhood] of this city.

To our volunteer collaborators who have given us their time, work, and selfless assistance, all directed towards the pursuit of “Buen vivir/Live well” (non-anthropocentric), more precisely, the GENERAL WELL-BEING of the planet and the Laudato Si Encyclical, which is our main concern in this current post-pandemic situation.

To our technical counterpart collaborator in the botanical census of the [Mission] Center’s species, [Sem.] Leonard Kabaka from Kenya, who provided almost all the photographs presented in this Catalog.
Likewise, to our spiritual brother Ali Ganjkarimi from Iran, who provided us with his selfless support in all our intercultural health activities and shared beautiful photographs.

I dedicate this small work to all of them as a gesture of reciprocity, which should be published and forwarded to the appropriate recipients.
Thank you all once again.

The Author (Carlos Prado)

This work is a Tribute and Recognition to Brother Lorenzo Kenning MM.


He has left us many teachings in the care of nature and the environment long before Laudato Si, and yet, the joint activities we have carried out have not been in vain. Many trees planted along the path of life and during the stay of our dear and esteemed Brother here in Cochabamba are still alive and thriving.
We remember him fondly.

Wishing you good health, dear Brother Lorenzo!


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