Maryknoll Affiliate News (159)

The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates

Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:53

Developing Global Consciousness

Written by Robert Short

One of the Quick Links (blue box) sections on the home page of the website <maryknollaffiliates.org> is entitled "Developing Global Consciousness".  Most of the content for this section over the last year or so has come to us thanks to Sr. Theresa Baldini of the Maryknoll Sister Contemplative Community.  As the section implies, these readings are substantive and reflective.  If you open this section now, you'll see Sr. Helene O'Sullivan MM's précis for Chapters 4 & 5 of Diarmuid O'Murchu's insightful new book, Religious Life in the 21st Century - The Prospect for Refounding.  For those of you who have read any of O"Murchu's books, you'll know that, while his focus is religious life, so much in the book extends beyond religious life and has application for all of us.  To check out this section, go to: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/developing-global-consciousness.html

Below is an excerpt from the 1st paragraph of this section.

Chapter 4. Parable and Paradigm in the History of Religious Life

We now move into the story of Religious Life as we have known it for almost two thousand years. Most history books tend to prioritize those who advanced the church’s progress and defended it against heresy and attack, namely, outstanding patriarchal males. Women in general and vowed women specifically were not meant to be visible in the church’s agenda of power and control and therefore for most of Christian history (down to the 19th century) women were officially “silenced” by monastic enclosure. The historical texts rarely, if ever, acknowledge that throughout Christendom women Religious made significant, even major, contributions. This grave injustice needs to be addressed and rectified.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 01:10

MAC 2017 - Full To Capacity

Written by Robert Short

We are no longer accepting new registrations for MAC 2017 in Guatemala!  

Registrations have now reached full capacity for the venue - Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado.  In many ways this is good news.  However, unfortunately it also means that if you were thinking of attending but haven't yet registered, that window has closed.  

There is a waiting list (3 so far) in the event that someone previously registered is no longer able to attend and withdraws.

IF YOU PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED BUT NOW REALIZE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE LET BOB SHORT KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Your full return of payment will follow.

Thank you.

 

 

 

Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:39

July 10, 2017

Written by Robert Short

An MAC update and a reflective passage:

  • MAC 2017 - Over 100 people have now signed up for MAC 2017.  I am waiting to hear back from the Guatemala Conference Committee (GCC) to see if we now need to stop the registration process.  If you would like to come but haven't yet registered, please do so this week.  I should hear back from the GCC shortly.
  • [From Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation for today] The Universal Christ, described by the Apostle Paul, is not a problem-solving Christ, not a denominational or cultural Christ, not a Christ domesticated by the churches, but the One who names in his life and person what matters, what lasts, and finally what is. He holds it all together in significance, reveals the redemptive pattern that we call the life and death of things, and holds the meaning and value of our lives outside of ourselves (see Colossians 1, Ephesians 1, John 1). 
    Ilia Delio said something to complement Rohr's meditation: "Our task is not to solve problems, but to model love."

 

Friday, 30 June 2017 01:49

Virtual Chapters - new opportunity

Written by Robert Short

Right now there is one Maryknoll Affiliate Virtual Chapter. * The members of that Chapter held there second “meeting” last Wednesday. As there is no geographic location for the chapter, as yet it remains nameless.

The decision to move forward with a virtual chapter surfaced over a year ago in a Board meeting with the realization that many who had been inquiring about becoming Affiliates lived too far from an existing chapter to join. Additionally, several Affiliates who moved away from their original chapter and hoped to join another, also found themselves geographically distant from any current chapter.

So, the first virtual chapter was born. There are 5 members who “gather” via conference call. There is some thought to also including a video connection like Zoon, Skype, etc. in the future. Those members are from Colorado, Minnesota, upstate NY, Connecticut and, aren’t we lucky, Sr. Ellen McDonald MM, co-founder of the Affiliate movement. For now, they have decided to meet quarterly. Minus seeing each other’s faces or sharing potluck delights, the first two virtual sessions appear to mirror the spirit and shared solidarity of local chapters. Very encouraging.

 If you reading this have moved away from your previous chapter, or know someone who might be interested in joining a virtual chapter, contact Bob Short: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* There is also a pilot Contemplative Virtual Chapter in its initial stages of development.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:08

Where Will We Be in 5 Years (or less)?

Written by Robert Short

The 5th Consensus Action Statement (CAS) from the most recent Affiliate Board meeting poses the questions:

1) Where do we want Maryknoll Affiliates to be in 5 years?  2) What are 1-3 actions steps to get us there? While Board chair Dave Schaffner presented these two questions to Board members, they are critical question extended to all of us as Affiliates.  Given the geographic expanse, life experience and 1000's of years of commitment to mission among us, how might each of us (you) respond to these questions.  Any insights (broad or particularly focused) in this regard would be very welcome.

If you would like to respond, please email Bob Short at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you much.

Monday, 19 June 2017 00:37

San Diego Chapter - June 2017

Written by Robert Short

In the first two sentences of her book, Becoming Wise - An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Krista Tippett, the host of the public radio program, On Being, writes: "I'm a person who listens for a living.  I listen for wisdom, and beauty, and for voices not shouting to be heard."

On Sunday, June 11th I had the chance to meet with 16 members of the San Diego Chapter, who gathered in the rectory of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in the Mission Hill section of that city. Hugh Menton, Regional Coordinator for the California Region, drove all the way from Long Beach to also be at the meeting.  Hugh's wife Jean wasn't able to make it that Sunday. 

Like many if not all Affiliate Chapters, there was a felt sense of welcome, of engaging reflection, of meaningful conversation, of humor, of kindness and of being at home.  There were no 'voices shouting to be heard' - where there is genuine community, no one had to shout.  During this moment in history when many feel our country's deepest values are in free fall, we were all very grateful for this time and space when 'people of the pillars' (Spirituality, Community, Global Vision & Action) could come together. Besides that, the members spoke of really good brownies at the pot luck gathering to follow... speaking here of only legitimate culinary ingredients.

It struck me once again while in San Diego that Maryknollers are people on the margins trying very hard and with a great deal of integrity to speak a word of life, of Life.

Friday, 09 June 2017 17:35

MAC 2017 June 11th - Update

Written by Robert Short

As of June 9th...

  • 64 people outside of Guatemala have registered and 20 inside Guatemala have also registered.  That leaves just about 15 openings left
  • Registration form and deposit of $50 per person (or full balance of $370 per person) must be received by August 15th. 
    • If not already sent, full payment is due by October 1st.
  • To check on areas of health to consider, go to the CDC website at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/guatemala
    • The CDC presents a comprehensive and cautious perspective.  Albany Chapter members who have a sister relationship with Maryknoll in Guatemala travel there often to rural areas without any special precautions.  
    • Each person should follow through as s/he feels most comfortable
  • Ground transportation: Guatemala Chapter members will meet each person at the airport and bring them to the Maryknoll Society House and then, from there, to the venue.  
    • More will follow as the time gets closer and each person has his/her flight schedules.  This will include helpful addresses and contact information.
  • To register go to:  http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores
  • To make payment, go to: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b378aa_7035107115e84cbdabd698faa8a9d2e5.pdf

If you haven't already done so, please consider this very special opportunity to travel to Guatemala and meet with Affiliates and other Maryknollers from around the world.

Friday, 09 June 2017 17:32

Sister Mary Lou Andrews

Written by Robert Short

Prayers for Sr. Mary Lou

Board member Ginny McEvoy wrote to ask if we were aware that Sr. Mary Lou Andrews' prayer ministry was to pray for the Affiliates and Full Circle... "Sister has been very faithful about remembering our intentions, unfortunately she is in the hospital now and will be moving into hospice when she comes home from the hospital... please ask the groups to remember her in prayer as she moves into her final mission... "
 
Thank you
Friday, 02 June 2017 01:26

Consensus Action Statements (CAS) - Board Meeting - May 2017

Written by Robert Short

The 5 Consensus Action Statements below are from the recent Affiliate Board meeting - May 5-7, 2017

 

CAS #1.   On the June Regional Coordinator phone call, the RCs will deliberate and suggest a framework for the selection of RCs and will decide whether RCs should have set terms.  The Board will take their input and develop the framework at the next Board meeting.

CAS #2.   Everyone who is an Affiliate or is in contact with an Affiliate chapter will receive both the digital version of Not So Far Afield & the Monday Morning Update email.  The process of merging the two databases will be worked on by Mary Ryan Hotchkiss, Ginny McEvoy, and Bob Short.

CAS #3.  The Board approves the Roles and Responsibilities documents for the Chapter Coordinator/Contact Person, Nominating Committee, and Finance Committee as amended.

CAS #4.  The revised draft of the Board Member Manual of 2017 will be reviewed by 3 board members who will submit their comments and suggestions by July 1, 2017.  Dave Schaffner and Bob Short will incorporate suggestions and possible new materials and finalize the revised Board Member Manual.

CAS #5.  All board members will respond to Dave Schaffner by email by July 1 to the questions:  1) where do we want Maryknoll Affiliates to be in 5 years?  2) what are 1-3 actions steps to get us there?

Friday, 26 May 2017 16:20

Fred & Jet.... ISIS in Mindanao

Written by Robert Short

You might have heard from recent news stories that ISIS-connected local insurgents in the southern Philippines attached Catholic/Christian Churches in Mindanao.

Columban Missionary F. Paul Glynn wrote the following:

"I feel the profound heartbreak of knowing that St. Mary's Cathedral, Marawi has been burned by ISIS-inspired terrorists.  The Vicar General of Marawi, Fr. Chito Suganob and other Catholics were abducted during the last Novena Mass yesterday afternoon.  A picture of them, still alive, was posted on Facebook this morning by the captives.  Nearby Dansalan College United Church of Christ was also burned and Christian staff taken as captives.  We are praying that the abductors will not kill any of them."

As many of you know, Fred, former Affiliate Executive Coordinator, and his wife Jet (along with former Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Chris Vertucci) have been doing mission work in the area of Mindanao for many years.  We believe they are safe, in a part of Mindanao fairly distant from where these frightening events took place.  Please send your thought and prayers to Jet, Chris, Fred and the people of the Philippines.

 

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