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.
Beth Begley, of the New Jersey Chapter, has held a strong commitment to issues of justice and peace throughout her adult life. Below is notice of an important vigil that she referenced from the GreenFaith movement.
If you have concern about the president-elect’s nominees for EPA Administrator and Secretary of State and their projected stance (in contrast to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si), on issues of climate and the sustainability of our home, planet earth, please consider the activity below as a way to affirm our vision for the earth’s future.
To plan a multi-faith vigil in the new administration’s first 100 hours, register for a webinar on
As part of the People’s Climate Movement’s (PCM) actions during the first 100 hours of the new administration, we want to help coordinate 100 multi-faith vigils around the country between Jan. 20-24. We’ll show, publicly, that we will not accept the Earth’s degradation and that we’ll stand together for a sustainable future. The vigils will kick off our planning for a major, national, distributed mobilization on April 29.
The Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director
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The Maryknoll Affiliate Book Group restarts in early January. Participants from last year’s group told us that it was a very positive experience for just about everyone. Not only was it substantive with a good deal of learning taking place, but in many ways it (all three groups) became a kind of virtual community with a sense of camaraderie and trust. Here’s what we propose for the next session:
· Meeting (call) times will be the same as before – see below. However, we will try to accommodate another time, if there are sufficient requests.
· Format – we will use the same format as last year: A weekly conference call using free UberConference with approximately 1 hour for each call. Participants will, if possible, take turns identifying 3-5 questions for each session that will be submitted 3 or 4 days before the upcoming session. Participants on the call are mindful to allow appropriate time for each person to speak. Participants will each obtain their own book. Also, we will limit the number of participants in any group to 12.
· Book Selection – after receiving over 25 suggestions from book group participants, we have listed two books to choose from – see below. Please choose your preferred book between these two. We will correlate the books chosen with the respective group, i.e., if, arbitrarily, there are 12 people in the Sunday group and 4 choose book A and 8 choose book B, we will go with book B for the Sunday group. We realize this could mean that you might want to change to a group that selected the book you prefer. This is not a perfect arrangement, but we will do our best to accommodate as many as possible. Note: ORBIS BOOKS provides a 40% discount to all Affiliate Book Group participants. Just mention "Maryknoll Affiliates".
· Expanding the participants – Please forward this notice to your Chapter, friends, parish community, etc. if you wish to invite them.
To sign up, please complete the associated form and paste it into your email and reply to Bob at email@example.com. If the form is not writable for you, please simply send Bob your name, the time (day) and book preference without using the form.
Paula Schaffner, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Bob Short
Book Group Committee
Affiliate Book Club
1. Name_________________________________________(indicates that you plan to participate)
2. Preferred time/group:
______ Sunday – 8:00 pm ET (7:00 CT/6:00 MT/5:00 PT
______Tuesday – 11:00 am ET....etc.
______Friday – 1:00 pm ET
______ Other day/time (provide) ____________________
3. Book Preference (select only one)
___A. Living Cosmology, edited by Tucker and Grim - Exploring the Christian responses to the Universe Story and its implications for the contemporary environmental crisis. Beginning with excerpts from recent statements by Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the book draws on the contributions of leading theologians, ethicists, scientists, and activists, including John Haught, Ilia Delio, Catherine Keller, Larry Rasmussen, and more than twenty-five others. (http://www.orbisbooks.com/living-cosmology.html)
___B. Abounding in Kindness, Elizabeth Johnson - Elizabeth Johnson is widely regarded as among the most influential and creative Catholic theologians in the world. Among her books are path-breaking works on God, Jesus, the church, Mary, and the communion of saints. This volume is the first collection of these writings. It offers an overview of her essential work. You can find her book on (http://www.orbisbooks.com/abounding-in-kindness.html)
Orbis offers a 40% discount to Affiliate Book Club members.
4. If there are more than three Book Groups are you willing to be a group organizer? ______ yes or no?
5. Suggestions or comments____________________________________________________________
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It’s November—time to ask you to help support our 2017 Affiliate Operational Budget. Remember, the Affiliates are funded cooperatively by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and us. We Affiliates pay for Executive Coordinator travel, printing, website technical assistance, and other day-to-day expenses, such as paper clips and rubber bands. The other Maryknoll expressions fund the salary and benefits of our Executive Coordinator. Without their steadfast commitment to the Affiliate movement, we would not be.
For the fifth year in a row, our fund raising effort has met and surpassed our operational budget goal of around $22,000. We have been fortunate to receive several large gifts, including investment distributions and estate bequeaths. We are most appreciative of all contributions, but we hope to develop a diverse donor base. A generous donation came from the Seoul Korea Chapter. While we do not actively solicit donations from our international chapters, we appreciate their desire to fully participate in the Affiliate life. . 감사합니다 – Thank you!
Our gift to you is the enclosed bookmark for the MAC2017 Conference hosted by the Guatemala Chapter. We will be at the beautiful retreat house and grounds at Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado, in the mountains above Guatemala City, from Thursday through Sunday, November 9th the 12th. Post-conference, we will have the opportunity to visit Maryknoll missions in the area.
Two Guatemalan Affiliates came to our fall Board meeting with a preview of the planned program. The theme, “¡Buen Vivir!—To Live Fully,” will be joyously fulfilled at the conference. Many of you are already planning to attend, and ideally every chapter will have a representative at MAC2017. Has your Chapter looked at ways to help make that happen? To encourage broad attendance, the Affiliate Board approved a travel grant program made possible by your generosity. Details on MAC2017 and travel grants will be available after the first of the year.
I prefer a church that is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out in the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. – Pope Francis
As I read the stories of Affiliates in Not So Far Afield and No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, I am moved by the actions of Affiliates “…out in the streets…” From Claudia Samayoa, tireless fighter for human rights in Guatemala, and Renate Schneider, working with the poorest of the poor in Haiti, to Affiliates championing a local food pantry, interfaith dialogue, or help for Alzheimer’s caregivers, all are witnesses to an outward facing church, not one clinging to its own security.
We need your financial contribution to the Affiliates to provide a communication network where you can connect. Through the website, newsletters, and the executive coordinator’s efforts, you can share your experiences, ideas, invitations, and concerns with the larger Affiliate community.
Ideally, all Affiliates will contribute, as they are able. The enclosed giving form offers alternatives: a one-time donation or periodic contributions, either from a checking account or by credit card. We urge you to contribute today. However, if you are unable to make a monetary contribution at this time, you can always help through prayer and volunteering your time and talent.
In peace and thanksgiving for the many ways you give,
David Schaffner Virginia McEvoy
Chair, Affiliate Board Finance Committee
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This year's Maryknoll Lay Missioner Sending Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 10 at 2:30 pm in Annunciation Chapel, Maryknoll Sisters, 10 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining, NY
The eight new Maryknoll Lay Missioners of the Class of 2016 will be called and welcomed to their mission countries. The Lay Missioner Staff has extended a warm invitation to Affiliates.
If you plan to attend, please contact Bob Short at email@example.com
Light reception to follow.
State of The Heart Message
Fall 2017 Board Meeting
David Schaffner – Board Chair
Driving into the Hudson Valley for our October board meeting, I saw the magnificent and glorious fall colors; seasons are something that elude us here on the California Central Coast. Though basking in the colors, my thoughts were muted by the news out of Haiti and particularly from Chicago Affiliate Renate Schneider. She works with various development projects in Jérèmie, one of the areas hardest hit by hurricane Matthew.
My wife and I have been to Jérèmie twice, in 2011 and just last spring, where I taught Introduction to Agribusiness, and Paula taught ESL. The classroom where I taught lost its roof and was flooded, and the guesthouse where we lived was completely leveled. While not there to experience the terror of such a destructive force, I still feel a great loss after so many contributed to making UNOGA (University of Nouville Grande’Anse) happen. [To learn more about Renate’s charitable organization, go to Haitian Connection (http://www.haitianconnection.org)]
MAC2017—At our meeting, I was heartened by the presence of Rosa Beatriz Castañeda and Claudia Samayoa who came from Guatemala to report on MAC2017. This is the first truly international MAC conference—twww.verboencanado.com.gt/homehat is, taking place outside the US. The program presented to us by Rosa and Claudia wowed us. It is based on the Affiliate four pillars: Action: an opportunity to visit mission projects in conjunction with the conference; Global Vision: applying indigenous people’s ethos to our mission perspective; Community: sharing activities and socials to get to know our fellow Affiliates from around the world; and Spirituality: a particular emphasis on seeing God in all creation and in all peoples.
The board has approved a travel grant program to encourage the broadest possible representation of the Affiliate Movement. Conference registration and information on the travel grant application process will be available after the first of the year. This MAC is going to be very special and I hope you will give serious and prayerful consideration to attending. MAC2017 happens Thursday, November 9th through Sunday, the 12th, at the beautiful Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado (http:// www.verboencarnado.com.gt/home) in the mountains not far from Guatemala City. Post-conference opportunities to visit mission projects will be offered.
Other board actions were reported in the Monday email sent on November 7th. They include a continued focus on the three committees that were established to act on your responses to the Affiliate Survey of 2015: Communication, Sustainability and Growth, and Connection. These committees will be reporting to you in the NSFA, beginning in January, 2017.
We attended to other organizational tasks that may seem pedestrian to an outsider but are vital to an organization: providing for replacement of members rotating off the board, updating our Roles & Responsibilities statements, revision of the Board Member Manual, reviewing our finances, and approval of budgets and expenditures. Did I mention that we’ll be 25 years old next year?
In my short time as board chair, it is clear to me that it takes a small village to keep the Affiliate Movement moving. I thank my fellow Affiliates on the Board and our Regional Coordinators; and in particular our board members from the other three Maryknoll expressions: Sisters Norie Mojado and Teruko Ito – the Congregration, Marj Humphrey – the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and Russ Feldmeier – the Society. Executive Coordinator Bob Short provides not only coordination, but wisdom and leadership. Eleanor Swanson serves as our recording secretary. And our major communication efforts, Not So Far Afield and No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, would not happen without Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Paula Schaffner, Rosa Beatriz Castañeda, and their editorial staffs. Of course the Affiliates would not be the Affiliates without the energy and spirit that all of you bring to all your missions.
A note to all of us from Renate just before she returned to Haiti.
I am leaving for Haiti tomorrow, but did not want to leave without letting you know how deeply I have been moved by the Affiliates response nationwide. I am so proud to be part of that community. Please let all the Affiliates know that I am deeply grateful and will share their generous contributions with my people in Jeremie.
I will be sending periodic updates.
Renate Schneider, MA Psych, MA Pastoral Studies, R EEG T, R PSG T President Haitian Connection Vice Rectrice University of the Nouvelle Grand'Anse www.HaitianConnection.org http://www.universitynouvellegrandanse.org Do I dare to disturb the universe? T.S. Elliot
This week - November 3, 2016 - Claudia Samayoa, member of the Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter in Guatemala was given the Myra Mack Chang A. for her untiring work in Human Rights on behalf of the people of Guatemala. In the accompanying photo you can see Claudia receiving the award from, the Procurator General of Human Rights in Guatemala, Jorge Edwardo de León Duque.
If you know Spanish and would like to read Claudia's poignant words after receiving the award, email at:firstname.lastname@example.org
GRACIAS Y FELICITACIONES CLAUDIA!!
Maryknoll Affiliates Board
Consensus Action Statements – Meeting #58
October 21-23, 2016
CAS #1: The Board approaches with an open heart the request of the Nairobi group to become a Chapter. To move this dialogue forward, Society and Congregation members in Kenya and Tanzania will be contacted. Bob Short will communicate with the Nairobi group to explain more about the Affiliate formation program and about our search for an accompaniment person.
CAS #2: The Affiliates will continue the dialogue with a group in Mombasa concerning the possibility of its becoming a virtual chapter. In November, Bob Short will meet with group representatives to explore this possibility further.
CAS #3. The Affiliates will allocate $15,000 - $16,000 to fund the travel grant program for MAC 2017.
CAS #4. The Board approves the six revised Roles and Responsibilities documents presented, with the agreed-upon changes.
CAS #5. The Board affirms the nomination of Manny Hotchkiss to the Affiliate Board.
CAS #6. The Board agrees the three committees created at the April 2016 meeting – Communications, Connections, and Growth & Sustainability – should be reinvigorated. To this end Bob and Rich will communicate with the committee members concerning continuing work.
CAS #7. The Communications, Connections, and Growth & Sustainability Committee chairs will submit articles for Not So Far Afield and No Tan Lejos del Horizonte concerning their work.
CAS #8. Bob Short, Mary Massaro, Paula Schaffner, and Ginny McEvoy will revise the Affiliate Handbook to have a provisional updated Handbook by the Spring Board Meeting in May, 2017. Archival material will be transferred to the Maryknoll Archives. The team will also assess what additional material needs to be updated and how to proceed with updates.
CAS #9. The Board approves the 2017 Affiliate Operating Budget.
CAS #10. The Board commits to cover the possible shortfall of $7,400 if fewer than 60 people from outside of Guatemala attend the MAC. The number is based on the fact that 40 people have so far indicated their intent to attend.
The Board enthusiastically received the MAC2017 report, expressing wholehearted support of the conference plan, and deep appreciation to Rosa Beatriz Castañeda, Claudia Samayoa and all involved.
I copied the message below from something my affiliate friend Beth Begley sent out from Pax Christi. It's short.
Most of you know that I have a very special feeling for the people of Syria, and especially the city of Aleppo, which I visited in 2008. The recent news photo of the little Syrian boy, 5 years old, bloodied and shell shocked, speaks volumes about the incredible suffering of the people there.
Pray with Pope Francis for Peace in Syria (shared by our partners from Catholic Relief Services)
In July, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, said, “We need a worldwide movement towards peace in Syria." On October 31, 2016, please join Pope Francis in prayer. Pope Francis will be saying a prayer for Peace in Syria at 3 p.m. in Sweden. Caritas International is inviting people of faith around the world to pray at that time (9 a.m. EDT) or at 3 p.m. local time—or any time that works.
Often it seems as if there is little we can do in response to crises such as these on an individual level, yet there is something very powerful about joining together in prayer for special purpose. That's why I ask you to join me in a prayer for Syria on Monday.
[We received this letter from Renate a few days after the Category 4 hurricane made a direct hit on Jérémie, Haiti. It is a remarkable (sad, enlightening, important, beautiful testimony to the Haitian people) letter from a wonderful woman. We weren't able to include all the photos from the original letter. However, as you might guess, all of them show destruction and almost unimaginable devastation. To read the full letter, click on READ MORE. You can also find the full letter on our website: Go to Maryknollaffiliates.org - click on the NEWS tab - click on Recent Postings]
Dear Friends and Supporters of Haitian Connection,
October 4, 2016 a devastating hurricane of enormous force, winds and torrential rains hit Jérémie and the greater Grand’Anse region. Nothing like this has ever occurred here before, the last hurricane was seen in 1954. Close to 90% of the smaller houses with tin roofs have been completely destroyed.
Nobody escaped the devastation. Most people have lost everything, clothes, photographs, and what is more important birth certificates and other important documents. In other words, almost everybody starts at zero.Of course all lines of communication are inoperable, no electricity, no phone contact, no internet. So there is no way to find out if people are ok, or to let loved ones know nobody is hurt. Elections were to take place October 9, this coming Sunday, but the government already declared that elections will not take place. Another delay in a series of delays. Can Haiti ever move forward?
As far as the work of Haitian Connection, it remains to be seen what can be salvaged. We are fairly sure that the houses we built so far could not withstand this hurricane. But there is no way to find out until the roads are passable. So far neither motorcycles nor cars are able to pass, since the roads are blocked by fallen trees. Newsflash just in: 3 houses we just finished building in a new community have withstood the hurricane and they provided shelter during the storm for a number of people. Thank God for small -- or rather -- large miracles. We have not been able to get out to the university campus, but have heard reports that the whole campus is under water from the swollen river nearby. The tin roofs of the classrooms are gone, swept up by the winds. For those of you who have come as volunteer professors to UNOGA, you need to know that the guest house is no longer. The old structure could not withstand the gale force winds. The 2nd floor simply collapsed onto the first floor, 15 minutes after Reginald got the two remaining professors out. We will need to close the university until January.
Part 1: What Happened – Descriptive View
The Southern Regional Affiliate Conference was held just outside of New Orleans in Metairie – September 30th – October 2nd.The Conference opened with a moving prayer and possession highlighting the four Affiliate pillars of Spirituality, Community, Action and Global Vision. For the remaining time, the diverse modes of presentation that followed spoke to the theme - Mission of Accompaniment: Walking Each Other Back Home.
On Friday evening, the keynote, given by the always-dynamic Matt Rousso, employed Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium to develop the theme.He also regularly incorporated the wisdom from the group present to help concretely situate the theme of accompaniment in our own life experiences.Saturday morning opened up with an early morning Prayer Walk at the Lake (along the levy of Lake Ponchartrain adjoining the retreat ground where we were staying) followed by breakfast.Following breakfast, Jason and Felicia Gehrig, a former Maryknoll lay missioner couple who spent seven years in the Bolivian altiplano related their mission experience through a series of slides and very touching stories – some exhilarating, some heartbreaking and all somehow hopeful – that confirmed the importance of accompanying others wherever we find ourselves.
That afternoon a panel with Russ Feldmeier MM, Gerry Kelly MM and Bob Short spoke to the Affiliate movement vis-à-vis, respectively: the Maryknoll Society, the Third Wave initiative and the present-day Affiliate movement.The interchange with the participants that followed was especially fecund.Before dinner that evening, Lindsay Doucette of the MKLM gave an expansive overview of her work in recruitment and also talked about how it could connect with Affiliate initiatives.Louisiana gumbo was served for supper and, by all accounts from those natives in the know, was authentic and delicious. The evening featured a New Orleans Fais Do Do (I had to look that up too) and talent show wherein participant adorned with French Quarter beads and holding frilly umbrellas made semi-embarrassing attempts to show off their “dance” skills as they marched around the serving counter. Matt lit up the evening with Cajun Humor (Boudreaux jokes) while members from the North Texas Chapter put on a skit to honor Saint Thérèse of Lisieaux, whose feast was celebrated on the day.The Conference ended on Sunday with announcements, an evaluation and a Eucharistic celebration.
Part II: What Happened – A Deeper Look
Somewhere in his writings, Saint Francis of Assisi wrote that the Lord “…wants me to be a new kind of fool in the world…” Just a few minutes into gathering together as Maryknollers – seeing how the New Orleans Chapter welcomed all of us, the global and local issues that consumed us (and the consumer issues that didn’t), the wholehearted laughter that filled us, and, maybe even the simple dress that clothed us – gave some evidence that we too were aspiring towards the new fool in the world classification. The advanced levels of insight, education, creativity and life experience don’t disqualify in this regard.
It was a small group of just 30 participants, but it was clear from the start that we were connected by and committed to the Maryknoll charism of accompanying (at home and cross-cultural settings) those who have little or no voice in our clamorous, disjointed world. In Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, he said this of Francis of Assisi: His response to the world around him was so much more than intellectual appreciation or economic calculus, for to him each and ever creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection. (¶ 11). That rings very true.
Finally, although many of us hadn’t met before, we soon realized that we were at home together. New vocations are not flooding into any of the expressions within Maryknoll these days, but I couldn’t help but wonder if this would be reversed if new people – young or old – spent the weekend with us. Perhaps that’s wishful thinking. Minimally it couldn’t help but make heads turn and speed up the heartbeat a bit. Of course, for those not from that region of the country, the grits, biscuits and gumbo couldn’t hurt either.
We received word today that Father John J. Walsh MM passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Saint Theresa's on the Maryknoll Campus. John was a strong supporter of the Affiliate movement from the early days of its existence. Agnes Walsh and Ginny McEvoy, both of the Long Island Chapter of which he was a member for many years, sent a few words of remembrance:
"Our beloved Father John Walsh, MM passed away this afternoon (Friday). He was a devoted member of the Long Island Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter for many years and was a resource for us since the beginning of the Affiliates. Fr. John spoke at the first MAC at Maryknoll, Ossining, and, with his expansive vision, was always supportive of Affiliates. He became a member of the LI Chapter when we met at the Father's house in Hempstead, NY and remained part of our group until illness necessitated his transfer to St. Theresa's."
Please remember this good man in your thoughts and prayers.
2016 USCMA Conference
The United States Catholic Mission Association’s 2016 Conference will take place in the Cincinnati, Ohio region and is entitled: Together in Mission- Celebrating Concrete Expressions of Missionary Discipleship Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. In honor of USCMA’s 35th Anniversary, the aim of USCMA’s 2016 conference will be to highlight the mission reality of US Catholics serving around the world and at home and reflect how these realities can help make our local communities a reflection of Jesus’ liberating spirit and how these expressions of mission will adapt in the coming years.
To learn more go to: http://uscatholicmission.org/togetherinmission
In Our Son's Name is a remarkable tale of restorative justice and a moving portrait of resilience, courage, and the healing power of reconciliation. Insightful interviews, verité footage, and striking archival images create a subtle, profound story told with disarming candor – a response to violence that challenges conventional concepts of justice and healing.
The protagonists in this documentary, Phylllis and Orlando Rodriguez, whose son Greg perished in the attacks of 9/11, are friends of former Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Larry Rich and Susan Weissert. Larry, who oversaw the Maryknoll Society's Media Department for many years and is now a media consultant-producer-writer, on several occasions also worked with the producer, Gayla Jamison.
To see if the documentary is playing in your area on a local PBS station, go to www.inoursonsname.com.
To watch a 5 minute trailer of the documentary, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKVihzDHDGc
The Affiliate movement produces two very formidable and worthwhile newsletters. The English language newsletter - No So Far Afield (NSFA) that many of you already receive; AND, No Tan Lejos Del Horizonte (NTLH). While the editors of each sometimes share stories and announcements, these are two separate publications with different content.
So, if you read Spanish (or are practicing your Spanish) NTLH is a very substantive and beautifully formatted publication that will give you a glimpse into what is happening among Affiliates in Latin America. If you would like to see NTLH or write an article for it, please write to the publisher, Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios at email@example.com.
Greetings Maryknoll Affiliates,
We just want to express our gratitude to Dave and Paula Schaffner for a tremendous service they provided Maryknoll Lay Missioners the weekend of July 30/31. We had two church dates to cover in the LA archdiocese for Maryknoll Lay Missioners that weekend. We try to plan two on a weekend in order to travel together and cover two dates as well as other events. Normally the parishes are fairly close but on this occasion they were more than two hours apart so that created a big logistical question and challenge. But, Affiliates Dave and Paula Schaffner came through and helped develop a solution.
I was speaking in Camarillo, CA and Cecilia in Guadalupe, CA which is about 20 minutes from the Schaffner’s home. They graciously picked Cecilia up from the train, took her to their house for lunch, then to the parish to cover two masses on Saturday, back to their house for dinner to sleep then back to the parish on Sunday morning. We both had late afternoon masses on Sunday and Dave returned to the parish to pick Cecilia up and started south to meet up with me and make the exchange and then we headed back to LA. Wheee. It was indeed a tremendous help and we are very, very grateful! This is a prime example of collaboration.
Thanks Dave and Paula!!!
Cecilia & Sam
Dear Maryknoll Affiliates
As the hosts of MAC 2017, we, the Guatemala Maryknoll Affiliates Chapter, cordially invite you to the gathering that will take place from November 9-12, 2017 in the Verbo Encarnado Retreat Center in Guatemala, Central America (www.verboencarnado.com.gt).
Since 1993, on celebrating the first gathering in Chicago, USA, the Maryknoll Affiliates movement has met every two to three years in the United States to comment on the past, present, and future of the Maryknoll Affiliates and to celebrate significant events of the Maryknoll family. Although the home of the gatherings has been the United States, on March 28, 2015, we received the good news from the Maryknoll Affiliates Board that the proposal that the Guatemala Chapter presented at MAC 2014 had been considered and evaluated with the subsequent decision that now is the moment to hold the gathering outside of the United States, specifically in Guatemala, in this case.
The inspirational theme of the MAC 2017 gathering is BUEN VIVIR, literally “good living.” This consists of an invitation to enter into harmony with the Andean peoples and great majority of indigenous peoples of the world so that we also may begin a search for new paths for humanity. BUEN VIVIR has much to teach us: learning how to listen to one another, thinking and walking together, searching for harmony and equity for the well-being of all people, community, Mother Earth, and the Cosmos through a sharing and a celebration filled with warmth and affection.
In MAC 2017 we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Maryknoll Affiliates. This will be a moment to thank the grandfathers and grandmothers who began each entity of Maryknoll and for the Affiliate chapters to recognize our existence, parting from the four pillars that define us and give us our identity: spirituality, community, global vision, and action, thus reaffirming the presence of God who invites us to live a full life that prioritizes being in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed and excluded.
The NSFA and NTLH bulletins, the Maryknoll Affiliates website (www.maryknollaffiliates.org), the MAC 2017 Blog (www.mac2017guatemala.blogspot.com), and the Maryknoll Affiliates Guatemala Chapter Facebook (Capítulo Guatemala Afiliados Maryknoll) will keep you informed and will make known the specifics of MAC 2017. On registering as a participant in the gathering you will be sent more details via e-mail.
We hopefully anticipate that this gathering will be an opportunity for respectful dialogue, that we will seek spaces that will help us create solid bonds as a single Maryknoll family that wants to strengthen mission through the love of God, to dream, and to act on the basis of new alternatives that at the moment seem impossible to achieve.
With best wishes on behalf of the Planning Committee of MAC 2017,
Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios Maryknoll Affiliates Guatemala Chapter Conference Coordinator
Maryknoll Affiliates Guatemala Chapter
Guatemala, June 2016
We launched the Affiliate Book Club about a month ago and chose Ilia Delio’s Making All Things New- Catholicity, Cosmology & Consciousness as our first book. When the planning team – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Paula Schaffner and Bob Short – first thought of the book club, we anticipated that 6 to, optimistically, 10 might sign up. By the time we launched the first session, 41 had requested to join. It would be fun to speculate why so many latched onto this initiative – 1) Ilea Delio 2) interest in new cosmology 3) virtual community 4) following through on a New Year’s resolution to shut off the TV and read more 5) etc. – In the end, we don’t know, but are very encouraged by such a positive response.
We divided the full complement of participants into 3 groups on separate days and to date have covered three chapters of the book. Anything by Ilia Delio and authors like her is challenging. She speaks of quantum consciousness, evolution and emergence, Big Bang catholicity, Jesus and creative wholeness and much else. Nevertheless, what I found in the Friday group of which I am a part (and I’m sure this is true of the other two groups), is that all are enthused, engaged and, on an intuitive level, very much concur with what we are reading. I think that must have a lot to do with the life experience, faithfulness, interior center and developed critical sense of the participants
Essentially, like Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry and others who came before her, Ilia speaks to us about a new paradigm for understanding our God, faith, Church and the human community. In the end, it might actually be a very old paradigm.
Ken Eppes, South Central Regional Coordinator, "Got to thinking" about talking points for 'Why I should be a Maryknoll Affiliate/Why I should form an Affiliate Chapter? He brought this to his Chapter in North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area) and they came up with the following talking points.
Can you think of others?
Being a Maryknoll Affiliate:
Sr. Peg Donovan, Director of Maryknoll Mission Institute, invites us to consider attending this important Mission Institute Program: EMBODYING THE OPTION FOR THE POOR which will be held July 17 – 22, 2016. Maria Teresa Davila is a dynamic presenter giving many talks to CALL FOR ACTION and in her teaching at Andover Newton.
Maryknoll Affiliates are eligible for 1/2 off the tuition charge.
Sr. Peg M. Donovan, MM
Maryknoll Mission Institute
P.O Box 311
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311
(914) 941-0783 Ext.5671 (direct line)
(914) 941-7575 Ext. 5671
The New Orleans Affiliates are hosting this regional conference - "Mission as Accompaniment" - from September 30 - October 2, 2016. Housing will be at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans. See a complete description at: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=archdiocesan+retreat+center+new+orleans
Regional conferences provide a wonderful opportunity to build cohesiveness among Affiliates and Chapters in the region and beyond; and, for Affiliates to connect with Maryknollers from all the entities. The also help to broaden our perspectives on mission today. For a brochure, write to Matt Rousso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, fill out the form below and send it with your check to the address listed:
Phone __________________________________________________ Email___________________________________________________
Room/Meals 2 nights (no double)................................$150
Commuter (meals only)..............................................$100
Make check payable to Matt Rousso and mail to:
Maryknoll Mission Center c/o Matt Rousso, 7730 Walmsley Ave. New Orleans, LA 70125
In their May meeting, the New Jersey Affiliate Chapter explored “…what might be an Affiliate response to the present political climate, and if there are any possible ways to elevate the level of discourse. In other words, as people of faith and hope, imbued with the values of Maryknoll, is there anything in particular that we have to offer?”
It struck me that these are critical questions for all of us striving to live out the Maryknoll charism.
In sending along the minutes for this New Jersey Chapter meeting, Lenore Smith-Aman wrote that members listed a sampling of pressing concerns that included:
· The fact that serous issues are being ignored in favor of inflammatory rhetoric.
Racism, lies, outrageous claims.
· Fear of polarization.
· Climate change
· Supreme court
· Bullying in international relationships
· Immigration issues, isolationist trends
· Influence of Israel on ourMiddle East policies
· Generalized feelings of anxiety/hopelessness about real solution
· Tendency to “ escape from freedom” by giving power to demagoguery.
The also included a quote from Richard Rohr that speaks to our present historical reality and reminds us of the kinds of approaches (energies) that won’t help in this regard:
Our collective shadow is on display, exposing fear and bigotry, yet oppositional energies cannot bring about the change we so desperately need.
A much more through look at that Chapter meeting will appear in the next edition of NSFA. For my part, I wondered if other chapters and others from among all the expressions within Maryknoll have begun to address this concern. Please send along any of your efforts in this regard.