Maryknoll Affiliate News (179)

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 01:57

September 2017

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THE FLOODS

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." (Genesis 9:16)

Our hearts and prayers go out to all in southeast Texas and beyond who have suffered from the hurricane and the floods it caused.  Fr. Gerry Kelley MM of the Maryknoll house in Houston has been a primary contact for us in this.  In a recent email Gerry wrote: "The house did not get any water. I had electricity the entire time. Dick Horstmann (Affiliate) had to be evacuated by the Coast Guard from his house. He is staying with one of his sons in Houston. Ron Covey (Affiliate) is stuck in Guatemala with the closure of the airports in Houston. He was supposed to stay at the house and have a cataract operation this past Tuesday."  We also heard from John and Sandra Stables, formerly from the Houston Chapter: "Good afternoon Bob.  My wife Sandra and I have moved on to the Foreign Service and we are currently working in the Embassy in Mexico City. We are watching the events closely and praying for our friends and family.  It's going to be a rough few weeks and months ahead. Glad to hear from you Father Gerry we really miss our Maryknoll family."                                                                                                                                                                      
As people of global vision and hearts, our prayers also go out to the peoples of India, Bangladesh and Nepal who were experiencing horrific floods at the same time that Harvey was moving through Texas.  It killed 1,200 and left millions homeless

MAGAZINE ARTICLE - Something Good in Mission (By Dave Schaffner)

Beginning on Page 40 of the September/October edition of Maryknoll Magazine, this article celebrates Maryknoll Affiliates marking 25 years of connecting with others at home and abroad. This email came in tonight (9/1) referencing the article.

My name is Rita Mitchum. Fr. James Madden, MM, and I were first cousins born and raised in Indianapolis, Ind.  Our families were very close as we were growing up. I want to thank David Schaffner for writing the article in Maryknoll Magazine as a tribute to Fr. Jim's hard work in initiating the Affiliates program. His extended and close relatives miss him greatly. Maryknoll has lost a truly dedicated missionary.    Gratefully, Rita Mitchum

PISTACO

Author Judith Valente wrote of this already successful novel by Lynn Monahan, Editor-in-Chief of Maryknoll Magazine, "Reminiscent of the finest Graham Greene novels..." There will be a book launch and signing at the Maryknoll 39th Street house on Sept. 28 from 6 to 9 pm. All Affiliates in the area are very welcome.

AFFILIATE BOOK GROUP 

There are still a few openings for the Friday Book Group (1:00pm ET - 10:00am PT) Starts on September 8th. Book for this session: Trails of Hope and Terror by Miguel de la Torre. 

Orbis link: http://www.orbisbooks.com/trails-of-hope-and-terror.html.  If interested, contact Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 27 August 2017 15:25

NTLH & NSFA

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Last November the New York Times picked up 130,000 new subscribers - 10 times their average monthly growth rate. Subscriptions at The Wall Street Journal spiked 300 percent and the LA Times went up 61%. The now-profitable Washington Post is hiring 60 new writers. Part of this is attributable to the dismal record of adverting on the internet. But, given that organizations like the A.C.L.U., Southern Poverty Law, Planned Parenthood and Amnesty International have also seen a spike in membership, it’s clear that the new administration in the White House has provided a primary rationale.

I just finished reading a copy of the September/October NSFA. Co-editors Mary and Paula ask me to review it for any needed edits before it goes to print. Given their writing and formatting skills, I’m lucky if I find a spacing error or a letter missing. It's pretty certain that neither NSFA or NTLH (No Tan Lejos del Horizonte) picked up 130,000 new subscribers last or hired 60 new writers, but after having read the upcoming edition of NSFA, I honestly think the world would be in a better place if more people had access to either of these Affiliate newsletters. Neither of them are designed to give direct political commentary; nevertheless, the very thoughtful, substantive, and moving articles inevitably provide a strong commentary against the, to say it euphemistically, small-mindedness of the present Administration. Self-giving and love trumps (sic) narcissism and hate. The paper and online versions of the next NSFA will be out soon.

Para aquellos de ustedes que leen español, NTLH está formateado maravillosamente y es un comentario igualmente sustantivo y reflexivo sobre lo que debe suceder en nuestro mundo. Muchos de los que colaboran en la producción de NTLH están actualmente comprometidos con el MAC 2017, pero la próxima edición saldrá pronto

Sunday, 20 August 2017 22:00

Prayer for Peace in Our Time

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The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns posted this prayer on their website for this month. To access the MOGC website go to: http://maryknollogc.org

Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:55

Affiliate Book Group - Session 3

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This September we will launch the 3rd session of the Maryknoll Affiliate Book Group.

There will be two sessions:

  1. Fridays at 1:00 pm ET … 10:00 am PT – first session begins September 8th
  2. Sundays at 8:00 pm ET … 5:00 pm PT – first session begins September 10th

The chosen book is: Trails of Hope and Terror by Miguel de la Torre

     Orbis link: http://www.orbisbooks.com/trails-of-hope-and-terror.html

Each of seven sections (Borders, Economics, Myths, Family Values, the Politics of Fear, Christian Perspectives, Ethical Responses) opens with an examination of an issue and then includes a story or testimony by an undocumented immigrant, a story by someone who works with the undocumented, and a poem, prayer, or a song that expresses the hope and the terror involved in crossing the border. This combination of analysis, story, and artistic expression opens up the complexities of immigration. Cost is $12 at the Orbis site (link above).

If you would like to sign up for this 3rd Book Group please send: 1) your name 2) email address 3) chosen session (Friday or Sunday) to Bob Short at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will be starting in under a month, so please respond soon.

Thank you and peace,

Paula Schaffner, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Bob Short

MK Affiliate Book Group Committee

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 16:53

Mary D'Arcy

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For a few years we dance around on the stage of life and have the chance to reflect a little bit of God’s glory. As a human, I’m just a tiny moment of consciousness, a tiny part of creation, a particle that reflects only a fragment of God’s love and beauty. And yet that’s enough. And then we return to where we started—in the heart of God. Everything in between is a school of love. (Richard Rohr)

We received word today that Mary D'Arcy of the Subway Affiliate Chapter passed on to New Life.  Mary was a beloved friend to Maryknollers of all four expressions.  She was an Affiliate from the early years; a psychologist consultant for the Lay Missioners for over 30 years; and, before that, a Maryknoll Sister.  In a note a few minutes ago from Mark Koening, a former Director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, who served with his family in Venezuela, he wrote, "Mary was a person of wisdom, humor and insight and was never reticent to share those gifts.  So happy she was a part of my life."  For sure, that is something that many reading this can say of Mary. 

The message from the Maryknoll Society today said this:

August 2, 2017
Please remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of
 
Mary D’Arcy
 
who died today, August 2, 2017, at the age of 86.   Mary was a former Maryknoll sister and worked for many years with the Maryknoll Affiliates and Lay Missioners. Mary was the widow of Paul D’Arcy, former Maryknoll priest, Class of 1946.


 Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, 8/5 at the Maryknoll Society Chapel

Condolences to Peter D'Arcy/ 7 Oxford Rd./ Larchmont, NY 10538

 
 

 

Sunday, 30 July 2017 18:51

Heartfelt Strategies

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A short time ago, a family member, Michel, gave me a pack of 100 cards known as Oblique Strategies. Each card has a “worthwhile dilemma” to, excuse the pun, shuffle the mind off in a different direction. He’s writing a book and uses these oblique strategies when writer’s block sets in. Here are four examples:

Gardening, not architecture

Remove the specifics and convert to ambiguities

Not building a wall, but making a brick

Humanize something free of error

Michel gave them to me thinking they could provide an occasional distraction from todays frightening political arena. Today in the space of ten minutes I heard political pundits use the expressions, “soap opera”, “circus train” and “insane asylum” in reference to the present U.S. administration. Who doesn’t need a distraction these days?!

But, distractions have little chance of putting us back on the heart journey we’ve been called to. Thankfully, in recent days a few Affiliates copied me on their responses to Rosa Beatriz, the lead person on the Guatemalan Conference Committee planning for MAC 2017, who had the inspiration to arbitrarily choose a few registrants and ask them to respond to two of three questions posed. Below are parts of three different responses to one of those questions:

In what ways would I like to see the theme “Buen Vivir” (Living in Harmony with All) become part of the commitment of the Affiliate Movement?

Responses

  • So now more than ever, it is important to live in harmony with others and to challenge others to do the same. People are often fearful of individuals and groups (races, religions, cultures) that they don’t know. Once they get to know people from a “different” group, much of the fear goes away. This affiliate conference gives us the opportunity to get to know and understand other cultures. Hopefully it will strengthen our commitment to living in harmony with others, and by sharing our experiences, will inspire others to live in harmony with others as well. (Dennis Burgess)
  • I am becoming increasingly aware that all people in the world are connected.  We all share our humanity and we all need each other.  When one of us is hurt we are all hurt.  When one of us thrives and flourishes we all benefit.  As our knowledge of our planet and our universe expands we become more aware of the need to promote harmony on our planet.  Maryknoll Affiliates can be a powerful force for good by making LIVING IN HARMONY WITH ALL a focus of the Maryknoll Movement.  (Dan Heuer)
  • It is so easy to become discouraged at the enormity of need in the world – from need for social justice, to famine. I take courage and consolation from Mother Teresa who said that if she had not helped that first person in front of her, none of the many hundreds she helped would have been helped. It is my hope that by being fully present and caring to everyone I meet, I can make my difference in the world. To quote Barbara Fiand: “Encountering hate with love, rejection with acceptance, bullying with gentle strength is a daily responsibility.” (Marie Wren)

…Whole-hearted, transformative strategies that help bring us back to what can bring peace and harmony in our world.  Proud to be a Maryknoll Affiliate.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:53

Developing Global Consciousness

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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