The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates
The Maryknoll Affiliate Movement has two excellent newsletters.
As many of you reading this post can read Spanish, below is a link to NTLH. Click on the most recent edition. The content is in depth and the graphics often stunning. Go to: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/ntlh
We are especially pleased to announce that Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland will be joining the Maryknoll Affiliate Board as of this month. Given her very substantial work schedule, we are especially grateful that Roxanne has accepted this position. Her personal and academic gifts are abundant as is her commitment to the mission vision we embrace as Maryknollers. The Affiliate movement can only benefit from her presence with us.
A member of the DC Chapter with Roxanne, said this about her on the nomination form:
As a practicing doctor in psychology she will bring a unique and professional element to the task of as a Board member. During the 4 years which I have been associated with the DC Chapter of the Affiliates, her consistent guidance keep us on tract, and help focus the meetings on current socially action issues both international and local. Her personality and personal experiences always was with a positive expression allowing each to express their full thoughts (even though we (I) would go on a bit passionately.) She is able to help all realize our unconscious prejudices while still remaining a prayful group.
I went to her website and have copied a few sentences from there (I'm hoping you'll give an OK on this Roxanne). I think it gives a hint of how she has blended academic training and skills with a commitment to those To see more go to: http://www.drhugheswheatland.com/about/
Dr. Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland received... a Ph.D. in neuropsychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a Master's degree in international development from Gallaudet University. She has also received certification from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings for over 20 years. Her clinical and research interests are brain injury, neurorehabilitation, deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, evaluation of individuals with low vision, and developmental disabilities in an international context.
Some of you met her in Guatemala at MAC 2017.
Welcome on Board Roxanne!!
April 21, Saturday (9am – 4pm)
Northeast Meeting - Maryknoll Sisters
April 19-22, Thursday – Sunday,
Affiliate Board Meeting – Maryknoll Sisters
Comments/Suggestions for Board
June 7-9, Thursday – Saturday
MK Mission Institute Golden Jubilee
Save the Date (more to follow)
John and Mary Moritz are members of the Southeast (Jacksonville) Chapter and the Regional Coordinators for the Southeast Region. John also happens to be an avid reader, particularly of Orbis books. Below, he profiles five new Orbis books for us.
Orbis offers us 5 new books for March 2018 that will stretch and challenge us all.
Affiliate Census 2018
You already have received or will soon be receiving a request from your Regional Coordinator (RC) to provide census information and return that via email to Bob Short. The census is an important tool to give us a broad look of the Affiliate movement and sense of its vibrancy.
The request is to provide the following information:
To date 10 chapters have sent in the information. Once all the information has been gathered, we will make it available to everyone.
The lead story of America Magazine’s March 5, 2018 issue addresses “The Future of Catholic Ireland”. In the section on A Numbers Game – or Not, Fr. Michael Collins, a director of formation at St. Patrick’s College at Maynooth is quoted: “From one perspective, something is dying. But from another perspective, you can see that we are in a liminal space: Something new is emerging. There’s something very vibrant happening. That sounds almost like a contradiction, but I think it is the reality.”
I’m pretty sure many of us on this side of the pond, feel similarly. How then will the Affiliate movement continue to contribute to the vibrancy?
Maryknoll Mission Immersion
Border Witness Program – June 17 – June 23, 2018
Are you trying to better understand the realities facing today's immigrants and refugees? If so, Maryknoll's Summer Immersion trip to the Rio Grande Valley may be the answer. This week- long immersion experience led by Matt Rousso and Fr. Gerry Kelly, M.M. will put you in touch with the human faces behind the immigration debate and provide you with opportunities to appreciate their struggles, listen to their voices, and understand their daily realities.
The first formed virtual chapter (there are two others: Contemplative & International) 'met' last Wednesday via conference call. The chapter meets every other month and always begins with a reflection. Jim Coady (Minnesota) put together the reflection this time. As it was both a creative and a unique approach - all based on the sketch you see here - I thought it would be worthwhile to give a small sampling of the design of that reflection. The discussion that followed among the virtual chapter members was especially meaningful.
Reflection Notes (small sampling)
SAVE THE DATE
You are invited to participate in a NE regional meeting at Maryknoll on April 21st. The theme of the day-long meeting will be Balance: Balance in our own lives and Balance in our Affiliate Chapters. Join us for an informative and interactive conference with a contemplative eye on the present and a collective eye on the future. As the Affiliate board and all the entities look ahead, we believe we must also pay attention to the present; what works, what doesn't and what ideas can be shared among the NE chapters. Chapter contacts in the region will soon be receiving a conference schedule which will include details on how to register. Hope to see you at the Maryknoll Sister's campus in April.
WHO ARE WE?
Affiliates are those committed to Christian ideals
who have a strong desire for bondedness in community
who want to participate in Maryknoll's mission to the poor
in its global and local dimensions
Affiliates are people of prayer
committed to continuous formation in their spirituality in their sense of mission
aware of the continuous creative tension between being and doing
Affiliates want to be part of the 21st century Maryknoll movement
of Maryknoll's new, developing understanding of its charism which
moves beyond Congregation, Lay Missioners and Society and is led
by the Spirit to be open to new possibilities of expression
Affiliates bring a uniqueness to this charism while pursuing their life's journey
Affiliates are willing to claim Maryknoll and want Maryknoll to claim them.
They offer and seek a relationship based on mutuality, on trust patience, and presence
matching needs with resources and are willing to enter into healthy,
creative tension in working out this relationship
The relationship between the Affiliates and the Maryknoll members is to
empower both parties to be connected to the people they both serve:
in global vision, spirituality, community, and mission action.
The Covenant is a means of expressing the mutual relationship in which
Maryknoll and Affiliates covenant to each other
Maryknoll Affiliates & Just Faith
A number of Affiliates have been or still are members of Just Faith Ministries (JFM). Over the last several years the Maryknoll entities – Sisters, Fathers/Brothers, Lay Missioners – with ourselves joining in, have had a contractual arrangement with JFM that we anticipate with be mutually beneficial for both Maryknoll and JFM. The respective visions of the two organizations overlap in many ways.
If you are unfamiliar with JFM, here is brief statement of how they define themselves:
JustFaith is an intensive, small-group process for faithful Christians looking to deepen their commitment to care for vulnerable people and our planet. Through prayer, study, dialogue, and immersions, participants form community as they explore critical realities and their implications to their lives and their faith. JustFaith is designed for use in diverse Christian communities.
You can learn more from this link: https://justfaith.org/about-us/ We are very grateful to have Beth Begley as our Affiliate liaison with Just Faith.
To say it quickly, for this relationship with JFM to be worthwhile, we need them to let us know (1) When and where they are sponsoring workshops. Are some of them near Affiliate Chapters. (2) Can an Affiliate (or other Maryknoller) be invited to give a talk or otherwise participate in some way?
Do any of you, especially those who know JFM, have additional suggestions?
Oh… JFM is looking for a new Executive Director. If you are interested? See: https://justfaith.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ED-Job-Announcement-and-Description.pdf
Affiliate Book Group to resume after Easter
If you are considering joining the book group this year, please briefly respond to the following:
Thomas Berry, modern spiritual masters series
Thomas Berry (1914-2009 priest, a "geologian," and a historian of religions, was an early and significant voice awakening religious sensibilities to the environmental crisis. He is particularly well-known for articulating a "universe story" that explores the world-changing implications of contemporary science. Berry pointed the way to an ecological spirituality attuned to our place in nature and giving rise to an ethic of responsibility and care for the Earth.
Faith in the Face of Empire
WINNER, CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD - SCRIPTURE (POPULAR) Honorable Mention
"Both an accessible introduction to the subject and an eloquent reminder for those more familiar with the subject this book deserves a wide audience."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Through Palestinian eyes, a challenging view of how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict.
(1925-1964) is widely regarded as one of the great American writers of the twentieth century, author of singular short stories (including "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and "The Life You Save May Be Your Own") and two novels (Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away). Only in 1979, however, with the publication of her collected letters, could the public fully see the depth of her personal faith and her wisdom as a spiritual guide.
A Sense of Wonder
"While the spiritual may be hard to describe 'except with such ephemeral gossamer murk as epiphany, or awakening or shiver of the heart,' notes editor Doyle, this essay collection demonstrates how effectively good writers can capture wonder within human existence, with little or no murk whatsoever. An anthology of 37 astonishing personal stories and essays from some of America's best writers that first appeared in Portland Magazinem
To check out more Orbis Books: http://www.orbisbooks.com/
This is a very different kind of posting for the Affiliate Website. However, all of us in Maryknoll (the Church in general) are hoping to find ways to engage and attract new missioners, especially young ones. The flood gates have not yet opened up.
While not a specific response to the above, the link below will direct you to an article in the December 2017 issue of America (the Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture) that speaks to some interesting and provocative reasons why the Church has fallen back in several areas. Additionally, it is a challenge to regain its status for innovation. [You’ll have to endure some attached advertisements]