The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates
Lynn Monahan, editor-in-chief of the Maryknoll Magazine, has written a new, already acclaimed novel. In many ways, Pistaco was inspired by Lynn's experience as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Peru. Here's what others are saying about Pistaco:
“Pistaco is a compelling story of love, war, faith, and superstition in the remote Peruvian highlands during the rise of a Maoist guerrilla movement in the 1980s. Father Steven McMahon, an American priest recently arrived in Peru, meets Cori, a young woman who has come from Lima to teach in an indigenous village. Repeated encounters with violence and threats from both government troops and rebel forces throw the unlikely couple
together, and their passionate story unfolds with all the intrigue, suspense, and moral complexity of a Graham Greene novel. Pistaco is a riveting masterpiece by a first-time novelist.”
—Michael Leach, former publisher of Orbis Books and the Crossroad Publishing Company, a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, and author of many award-winning books on Catholicism
“Reminiscent of the finest Graham Greene novels, this beautifully written and compelling story thrusts us into an indigenous Andes culture and ultimately into the heart of faith, which is to find God in our human imperfections and the mysteries of daily life.”
—Judith Valente, author of Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, A Spiritual Home and a Living Faith and The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed
The Maryknoll Affiliates are again invited to collaborate with the Lay Missioners, Fathers and Brothers and Sisters - this time in planning their second joint Holy Week Discernment Retreat.
Please help Maryknoll raise awareness of this opportunity to discern a vocation to cross cultural mission. There will be a session that presents the charisms, including the Affiliate and as participants register I (Beth) will contact local chapters to see if we can express our support for them in prayer and reach out to them as they return home.
Holy Week Mission Discernment Retreat
April 13-16, 2017
Maryknoll Campus -- Ossining, New York
The Maryknoll Holy Week Mission Discernment Retreat invites you to prayerfully enter with us into the mystery and joy of the Easter Triduum. In this prayerful setting you’ll be invited to consider a call to cross-cultural & international mission, to meet other Catholics with similar passions and questions, and to celebrate Easter together.
Quick Takes – 2/20/17
2. MAC 2017 Registration & Payment Forms: Click link: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores (scroll down to English "ONLINE" Registration & "Registration Payment Form")
3. Conference/Travel Grant Application: Click link: https://goo.gl/aAzIoW
* Those (20) being remembered are:
Ken Aman, Paul D’Arcy, Russ Carill, Ronni Gilligan, Sylvia Guidry, Jane Hegener, Lynn Houston, Kathleen Hughes, MM, Brenda Lege, Jim Madden, Roslita Mallia, MM, Bob Maxwell, Bob Metzger, Mary Murphy, John Neufeld, Al Schiavone, MM, Maureen Stroud, Ed Stroud, John J. Walsh, MM, Mignon Wolfe
You should see 3 separate articles in this Monday Morning Email:
You can also find these articles (announcements) on the Affiliate Website. Go to the site [maryknollaffiliates.org], click on the "News" tab and on "Recent Postings" in the drop down menu.
The Long Island Chapter is sponsoring a Memorial Mass to honor and celebrate the committed lives of Maryknoll Affiliates and Maryknollers who've worked with the Affiliate movement.The names submitted to the Long Island Chapter are:
RUSS CARLL, PAUL D’aRCY, RONNI GILLIGAN, SYLVIA GUIDRY, JANE HEGENER, KATHY HUGHES MM, LYNN HOUSTON, BRENDA LEG, JIM MADDEN MM, MARY MURPHY, BOB MAXWELL, BOB METZGER, JOHN NEUFELD, AL SCHIAVONNE MM, MAUREEN and ED STROUD, JOHN WALSH MM, MIGNON WOLFE
March 4, 2017 10:30 am
Maryknoll Fathers; Seminary,
Our Lady's Chapel
Russ Feldmeier, MM, Celebrant
Luncheon ($10.00) to follow in the Seminary Dining Room
RSVP: Karen Peterlin by February 28th
MAC Registration is now open for MAC 2017 - November 9 - 12, 2017 at Verbo Encarnado. Please click on the link below, scroll down to READ MORE - English box (or LEER MÁS - Español) where you can choose to see (1) the Schedule (2) Mission Visits [excursion trips] (3) Registration Form - fill out the form; get information of "Conference Cost", Roommate, Volunteering, Mission Visits and "Two steps to register" (4) Registration Payment Form. When registering, make sure to follow the "Two steps to register".
The link above is contained on the MAC 2017 tab of the Guatemala Chapter website. Even if you do not read Spanish, it is a thoughtful and beautifully formatted site very much worth looking at. Scroll through the tabs Inicio (home) Pilares (pillares) NTHL (newsletter - No Tan Lejos del Horizonte) Boletín Mensual (monthly bulletin) and MAC 2017. For the Guatemala Chapter website, go to this link: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate
THE APPLICATION FORM FOR THE CONFERENCE/TRAVEL GRANT WILL GO OUT NEXT WEEK.
As with previous conferences, Maryknoll Affiliates Conference (MAC) 2017 attendees may apply for a “Conference Fee and Travel Grant” for the conference hosted by the Guatemalan Chapter, to be held November 9-12. This program is possible due to your generous funding of Affiliate operations the past few years and our Executive Coordinator’s careful management of your dollars.
The goal of the program is to encourage representation from as many as possible of the over fifty Affiliate chapters located both around the world and here in the U.S. We also hope that, with grant assistance, individuals who have not yet had an opportunity to attend an international conference will be able to do so.
With funds limited, we ask applicants to explore and consider all possible funding sources that may be available to them. For example, chapters might explore supporting participation through donation of frequent flyer miles and chapter member contributions. In 2014, over fifteen attendees benefited from grant assistance; we hope that as many or more will be assisted through the 2017 program. Applications are due by April 1, 2017. Depending upon funding availability, applications may be accepted after the April 1 dead line.
Once completed simply click on the SUBMIT button and it will be automatically sent to Bob Short
The Guatemala MAC 2017 Conference Committee has completed the MAC 2017 website. With one small editing issue on the Payment Form, it is ready to go live. If you would like to take an initial look at their tremendous work, click on the link: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores "target="_blank". Spanish and English sections are available. In this coming week the editing on the Payment Form will be completed so that Registration can begin.
The quality and quantity of work done by the Guatemala Conference Committee has been extraordinary. Un millón de gracias!!
There will be a Memorial Mass on March at Maryknoll NY for all Affiliate who have passed on in recent years. Affiliate Board member, Russ Feldmeier MM, will be the principal celebrant.
This week we celebrate the passing of Bob Maxwell - December 29, 2016. Bob and his spouse Liz were long time members of the Cincinnati Affiliate Chapter. Below are quotes and photos taken from the beautiful booklet at the Mass (January 6th) celebrating Bob's life. At this posting, I'm not sure how much of the card was designed by Liz, but several of the quotes are hers. Is it fair to say that statements of love for one other are in many ways a statement of love and celebration for all of us?
"We're about to meet our Maker. I pray constantly. We'll be looking through new lenses." If we remember everything, our minds would be so filled with the past, there would scarcely be room for the present. We should consciously open our receptive minds to what is present." (Spoken by Bob while he had dementia)
Happy Foundation Day to each one of you. 105 years ago today three pioneer women, Mary Louise Wholean, Sara Sullivan and Mary Dwyer came to Hawthorne. And it marked the birthing moment of a new mission community. It was then that they began the journey, as Fr. Walsh called it, the journey of faith.
Our Foundation Day remembrance is closely related to Epiphany. This might be surprisingly to some but Epiphany is not one single event, but a series of events. The morning prayer of Epiphany refers to three mystery moments. It reads; today the Star leads the Magi to the infant Jesus. Today Jesus wills to be baptized by John in the Jordan River to bring us Salvation. And today water is changed into wine for the wedding feast.
During this week these events are remembered here but each of them celebrated separately. The Visit of three Magi is celebrated on this coming Sunday, officially named as the Epiphany. And today we read the Gospel account of Jesus’ baptism. The account of the miracle at Cana is read tomorrow.
So this morning I am going to take these three mysteries, as moments of one organic process called Epiphany and see how this process gives a different tone and shade to our Foundation Day remembrance.
Let us begin with the first mystery, the visit of the Magi. We know the story very well. Three Magi came from Persia, traveling possibly over 1000 miles, on Camels, a they came following a bright star. They recognized the Infant as the New Savior and Divine and honored him with gifts. This is the first Epiphany moment!
So what is new about this story? Let us visit the scene once again, maybe with deeper reflective consciousness. Three Magi have just arrived after a long journey through the desert. They are telling their stories that they are men of healing and transformation with backgrounds in alchemy, astrology/cosmology and medicine. They know the story of Buddha’s re-incarnation: that after 500 some years of Buddha’s death, a Flower star will appear and guide the searchers to the reincarnation of the Great Teacher. Truly the Star guides them to the New Born. In their telling of their desert journey, which started as a solo quest, but now became a communal process, the world view of the Magi is shifted: From re-incarnation to incarnation, and circular to evolutionary history. Through their reflective consciousness they become aware of a new cosmic relationship that included all, with the Stars and with the hidden power of water that gave birth to the star. In Jesus something new is emerging, a new consciousness, a new relatedness, a new intimacy of God’s presence. Through the desert they are led to the Living Water, to the Divine in the New Born child. A sudden insight into the divine reality! The first Epiphany moment!
[To continue reading go to: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/news/recent-postings/item/1584-foundation-day-2017-a-unique-look.html
As you are reading this, the MAC 2017 Conference - November 9 - 12, 2017 - is just under 10 months away. The Guatemala Planning Committee has already put in place all major elements of the Conference and those of us who have seen it are very impressed and very excited by the thoughtfulness and creativity of all aspects.
The theme is Buen Vivir - Living Life to the Full - and, as with all our international conferences, a primary purpose will be to bring together Maryknoll Affiliates (and other Maryknollers) from Chapters around the world to discuss the past, present and future direction of the Affiliates.
The MAC2017 website will be up by the end of this month with the registration form and other details. As you think of planning your airplane flights, know that the trip from the airport to the beautiful Verbo Encarnado venue (about 1/2 hour) will be arranged by the committee and is covered in the tuition. See http://www.verboencarnado.com.gt. Additionally, the Maryknoll Center House is very close to the airport and some will be initially taken there to wait for other passengers and then be taken to the venue. Excursion mission trips for those who wish to stay longer in Guatemala will also be detailed on the website. Scholarship details will soon follow.
Please give this once in a lifetime opportunity serious consideration.