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Fred & Jet.... ISIS in Mindanao

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.

 

Exploring Our Call in Caring for Creation - Affiliates Invited

Affiliates are invited along with others to join in Maryknoll's interactive Advanced Formation Seminar using the lens of global solidarity to explore the intersection of ecology, migration and global economic justice through the pastoral circle and Theory U.  It will take place over 5 day August 7 - 11th in Los Altos, CA. 

For more information or to register go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edzaljhq59fecb94&llr=4wmvzncab

 

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

A key question scheduled for the recent conference call between Board and Regional Coordinator members was: "Where do you want the Maryknoll Affiliates to be in five years?"  Board Chair Dave Schaffner suggested that to that questions we attach a second one: "Where do you think we will be in 5 years?"  They are critical questions for all of us to consider. Hopefully many Affiliate Chapters will take up the question as well.

    
Agnes Walsh in Thailand

Agnes Walsh of the Long Island Chapter recently wrote to say that their Chapter will be addressing those two questions in their upcoming meeting on June 11th.  In her email, Agnes added, "When I read in 'Focusing-Spring 2017 '( A Publication of The Sisters of St. Joseph,Brentwood, New York, Dreaming a Grace Poem by Marlene Marburg,I though that this might be a way to spark a conversation about the above two questions. I wanted to share this idea with you as a possible way for other chapters to use for reflection and sharing."

This creative approach adds a new and expansive way of addressing those questions.  To see that Dreaming a Grace Poem that Agnes referenced, go to: http://brentwoodcsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Focusing-12.pdf

Thank you Agnes.

 

BUEN VIVIR - Living Life to the Full (MAC2017)
BUEN VIVIR

MAC 2017 could well be a pivotal time for the Affiliate Movement and for us as individual participants.  In addition to being a time to come together again since MAC 2014 (always an inspirational moment) this Conference is the first to take place outside the U.S. in a beautiful setting (Verbo Encarnado) within a  country and people that have a great deal to share with and teach all of us.  Just stepping into this rich culture would alone be an exciting and worthwhile adventure.  What makes MAC 2017 even more pivotal for the movement and for each of us, is the very thoughtful - carefully organized - fun-filled - faith-centered and engaging development of theme and schedule that the Guatemalan Conference Committee (GCC) has prepared.

The Theme is Buen Vivir - Living Life to the Full... In whatever space we as an Affiliate movement or as individuals find ourselves today, this is always something we need to bring to mind and heart.

Here are some of the specific goals developed and translated by the GCC:

  1. To share as a community our accomplishments in mission.
  2. To ger out of our routine and see clearly our future.
  3. To fight the paralization of hope.
  4. To increase our faith in human beings.
  5. To create a communitarian joy to achieve brotherhood and sisterhood.
  6. To help us to change our hearts, minds, souls and power structures and create a road of light and hope with the disenfranchised.

If you would like to register for MAC 2017, go to: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores

For Questions, contact Bob Short at rshort@maryknollaffiliates.org

 

2 1/2 year placements with Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Learn about new 2.5 year international placements with Maryknoll Lay Missioners!
Join the webinar May 25, 2017 2:00 PM EDT

Click HERE to register

Join us for this webinar to learn about the exciting journey of international mission service with Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM), including new 2.5 year placement options.  As you may know, Maryknoll Lay Missioners are called to live and work with poor communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world. The Maryknoll Lay Missioners are men, women, couples and families brought together by a common desire to live simply, walk humbly, be transformed through encounters with other peoples and cultures, and seek God in the sacred ground of the other.

Register today to explore what may be the next great adventure in your life! 

If you are interested in learning more about MKLM, you can also visit our website: MKLM.ORG or contact 

Developing Global Consciousness

Are we in an interim time (as poet and philosopher John O'Donohue has named it) where, "The path you took to get here has washed out;
The way forward is still concealed from you.' What are the elements of a new consciousness?

About every 6 weeks under the heading “Developing Global Consciousness” in the blue side bar on the Affiliate website home page, there is a new posting that addresses this area. We are very grateful to Sister Theresa Baldini of the Maryknoll Contemplative Community for sending these our way.  The specific topics vary considerably, but the focus is always on new paradigms for living consciously in our world today.

Over the last two years this section has featured Living into a New Consciousness.  Maryknoll Sister Helene O’Sullivan, MM, has done several précises of many recently published books in this arena.  Her latest, in that section on the website is on Diarmuid O’Murchu’s insightful book, on Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect for Refounding.  Even if you are not in religious life, you'll find many levels of application for your own life. What follows are a few excerpts from Chapter two of O’Murchu’s book

To go directly to that section, click on this link: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/developing-global-consciousness.html

Pope Francis calls for a "Revolution of Tenderness" in surprise TED Talk

Maryknoll priest Gene Toland MM  wrote the following about Pope Francis' Ted Talk:

"Take a few deep breathes and don’t let the day go by without watching this….better than a 30 day retreat, a month of sessions of therapy, or weeks of struggle to figure out how you fit into the world and what you are called to be wherever and whatever you do. Gather your friends, and children to hear words of wisdom that speak to power, the seekers, the confused and all who feel left out."
 
To watch the talk, click on this link: https://goo.gl/ZJwuZq
 
 
 
Updates - April 24, 2017
  1. Affiliate Board Meeting - May 5-7 - if you'd like to address comments or questions to the Board, contact Bob Short: rshort@maryknollaffiliates.org
  2. Peru Disaster Relief - Thanks to the incredible generosity of Affiliates, over $5,500 was raised.  Maryknoll Latin American Regional, Joe Fedora MM, has volunteered to distribute the money (in two distributions) to the Affiliates there.  Carlos Apcho, the spokes person in this effort for the Affiliates, has written to let us know that 8 Affiliates have already headed to the Department of Ancash in the north were so much of the devastation has taken place. They will be staying there and working with the people on many levels to help rebuild the villages. The Peruvian Affiliates have expressed their extreme gratitude for the solidarity that Affiliates in the U.S. and around the world have shown to them.
  3. MAC2017 - to date, 53 U.S. based Affiliates (including some presently living in other countries) and 20 Guatemalans have registered.  
    1. To register go to: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores
    2. To request a Travel/Tuition Grant go to: https://goo.gl/aAzIoW
    3. To view a video of the Venue (Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado) go to the Affiliate Home Page and click on the video there: www.maryknollaffiliates.org
MAC2017 - Early April Update

As of April 9th we are approaching 60 registrations for the Conference - November 9 - 12, 2017.  About 1/2 of those

who registered have also signed up for one of the Mission Visits.  Below are links associated with the Conference:

TO REGISTER (Including for the Mission Visits):  http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores

TO MAKE PAYMENT: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b378aa_7035107115e84cbdabd698faa8a9d2e5.pdf

TO REQUEST A TUITION/TRAVEL GRANT: https://goo.gl/aAzIoW

 

TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE VENUEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmZem8wd50&feature=youtu.be

If you have questions, please contact Bob Short at: rshort@maryknollaffiliates.org

April 2017 Updates

April Updates - Week One

  1. Alpharetta, GA on June 3 - Gerald and Marita Grudzen, who are in the process of initiating a Chapter in Kenya (probably a hybrid virtual chapter) 
    will be speaking about their present work in Kenya at a major international conference on relations between Christians and Muslims and its relationship to Human Rights violations in various parts of the world. The title of the conference is Interreligious Dialogue and Human Rights: Affirming our Solidarity.  It will take place at the Istanbul Cultural Center is 551 N. Main St., Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA.

 

  1. MAC 2017 - It is exciting to report that registrations for this wonderful event - a one-time-in-a-life opportunity for many - are coming in from the U.S and abroad.  Additional information on specific details will continue to be posted.  However, if you have any questions, please feel free to write Bob Short at rshort@maryknollaffiliates.org.  In order to get a better sense for the beautiful venue site, click on the link that follows.  The Youtube video is in Spanish (you can see how many words you can capture) and gives a pretty thorough look at the inside and outside grounds of Verbo Encarnado. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmZem8wd50&feature=youtu.be

     

  2. Peru Disaster Relief Drive - the recently posted request for support from Affiliates to, in turn, support the Affiliates in Peru who are helping their people suffering from disastrous floods and landslides, has realized a more wonderful, fruitful response than we could have imagined.  The number of Affiliates who have contributed and the amount contributed is, again, beyond expectation.  The Affiliates in Lima and Arequipa will be surprised and elated with the solidarity shown by their sisters and brothers here.  We are in the process of working out the details to make this a efficacious undertaking.  Fr. Joe Fedora MM, in Peru has graciously volunteered to help with the distribution of funds over time.  As the money is still coming in, we do not yet have a total count, but it is more than sufficient to the need and therefore this short-term fund raising drive will be over as of Tuesday, April 4th. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY!!  Weather reports from Peru are predicting continuous heavy rain for the next two weeks with a possible additional bout in August.  Please continue to pray for the people of Peru.  There are many videos portraying what is happening in the country (Huaicos/Huayos = landslides).  Here is one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLuoWPryh0
Peruvian Affiliates Need Our Suport!

Our Affiliate sisters and brothers in Peru need our support.  Patty Barneond de Garcia-Tres, Board liaison to Latin America, and I have been in contact with Affiliate Chapter members in Lima (Carlos Apcho, María Matias & Alberto Bailetti) and in Arequipa (María Farfán, Peru’s Regional Coordinator) about the devastation (loss of lives and edifices due to flooding and landslides) throughout a good part of the country.  They have asked for our prayers.

Affiliate Chapters there have mobilized to help out wherever they can.  Many of the Affiliates helping are poor themselves and have suffered significant loses.  Still, as they said to Patty and I in December of 2014 when we met with the Lima chapters in Pamplona Alta at the parish of San Francisco, “We are the poor helping the more poor.” (Somos los pobres apoyando a los mas pobres)

Patty and I have been in contact with Dave Schaffner to see if, in addition to our solidarity in prayer, we might consider a very short-term-one-time campaign to raise funds from among Affiliates who are willing and able to provide some financial support. Dave very much favored our reaching out in this way. 

If you (as a Chapter or an individual) would like to provide some financial support (any amount - $10, $25, $100...) please do the following:

  1. Write the check to Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers and put Peru Affiliates in the memo line.

  2. Send the check to:

     Bob Short

     c/o Nancy Kleppel

     PO Box 305

     Maryknoll, NY 10545-0305

Thank you for your prayers and, if you are able, for your donations to help

Bob

 

 

 

 

 

Where Are You Going - Siena College
Siena Students

The Greater Boston and Albany Chapters collaborated on a Saturday (3/18/17) workshop to Siena College students in Albany, NY.  The workshop, entitled Where Are You Going (Quo Vadis) was originally developed by Bill Murphy of the Greater Boston Chapter with help from Chapter members Kathy Morrison and Bob Short.  Where Are You Going is meant to help students who have participated in a short term cross-cultural experience more carefully and consciously reflect upon that experience so that the immersion with another culture will not only be better appreciated, but be integrated into their lives as they discern where they are going as their live journey evolves.

On this cold March morning at Siena following a major snow storm just days before,  4 students and their service director participated in the 4 hour workshop. Santa Orlando and Bill & Chris Minnear of the Albany Chapter along with Kathy Morrison and Bob Short of the Greater Boston Chapter (Bill Murphy was in California at the time) facilitated the workshop.  The students, two of whom had an experience in the St. Francis homeless shelter in Philadelphia and two others in Haiti, where  engaged from the start and seemed to very much appreciated the opportunity to debrief their experiences in a supportive and relaxed context and learn how that short cross-cultural experience would help inform their life decision ahead.

Our hope is that the Where Are You Going Discernment Day will take root in college campuses and parishes throughout the country.  In addition to helping the students to develop a deeper sense of mission, it is a way to make the Maryknoll name more visible... most especially to younger generations.

Our next workshop is slated for April at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

MAC 2017 - Mission Trips

 MISSION TRIPS – GENERAL INFORMATION                               

MISSION VISITS (Click the link below and scroll down to Mission Visits – English): http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores

FOR MISSIONS # 1, 2, 4 [Southwest Coast/Western Highlands/El Salvador]

MISSION # 3 [Guatemala City]

   A Guatemalan Chapter member will take you to the airport if the hotel does not provide that

NOTE:

Participants will need to make their own arrangements for the hotels.  Make reservations before hand in due time.

We recommend the following two options that are near The Maryknoll Residence.  The cost for each is approximately $100.00 per night:

 

MAC 2017 March 6th UPDATE

MAC 2017 Update:

If you have any questions or comments, contact Bob Short at: rshort@maryknollaffiliates.org

 

MAC 2017 - Links for Registration & Scholarships

 

PISTACO - New Novel by Lynn Monahan

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

 

 

 

Quick Takes - 2/20/17

Quick Takes – 2/20/17

1.     Memorial Mass* – Saturday, March 4th – 10:30 at Maryknoll followed by luncheon ($10).  The Long Island Affiliate Chapter planning the Mass and luncheon ASK THAT YOU LET THEM KNOW BY FEBRUARY 26TH IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING THE MEMORIAL MASS & LUNCHEON. Contact Karen Peterlin: kpeterlin@yahoo.com 917 509-8142

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                      

 

 

 

Maryknoll Discernment Retreat - April 13 - 16, 2017

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.

Click link http://www.mklm.org/become-a-missioner/upcoming-events#link-target  for registration information or contact Maureen atholyweekretreat2017@yahoo.com or Phone at 914 941 7575 (5612)

February 13, 2017 - Three Announcements Follow

You should see 3 separate articles in this Monday Morning Email:

  1. The Affiliate Memorial Mass on March 4th
  2. The Letter and Application Form of the Conference/Travel Grant for MAC 2017
  3. The 2nd announcement and Registration Form for MAC 2017

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.

Thank you.

AFFILIATE MEMORIAL MASS - March 4, 2017

Memorial Mass for Affiliates Who Have Died in the Last 3-4 Years

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

Please contact Karen Peterlin by February 28th at the email below if you plan on attending.  If you'll be traveling from a distance and need room accommodations, contact Bob Short at: affiliatebshort@gmail.com
 
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
kpeterlin@yahoo.com. 917 509-8142

MAC Scholarships Available - 2017

 MAC Conference Fee and Travel Grants Available for 2017

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, 2017Depending upon funding availability, applications may be accepted after the April 1 dead line. 

 

APPLICATION FORM: Click on the green button below to open the Application Conference/Travel Grant Form. 

Apply Today!

 

Once completed simply click on the SUBMIT button and it will be automatically sent to Bob Short  

 

MAC 2017 - Registration Open!!

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".

http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores

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.

 

 

MAC 2017 - More Details

To read more details about the purpose and theme development for MAC 2017, click on the link below:

Open Website!

The Registration Form will be read next week.

Thank you

MAC 2017 Website - INITIAL LOOK

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!!

 

Memorial Mass - March 4, 2017

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)

 

 

 

 

 

Foundation Day 2017 - A Unique Perspective

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

 

MAC 2017 - Buen Vivir

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multi-Faith Vigil for Our Home Mother Earth

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

Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 3:00 pm ET

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

GreenFaith

 

AmazonSmile - No Cost Donations

Several of you have suggested AmazonSmile as an easy & no-cost-to-you way of automatically making a donation to Maryknoll (Sisters or Lay Missioners or Fathers & Brothers) or to another of your favorite charities.  Here are the details:

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Maryknoll or another of your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. NOTE: AMAZON MIGHT ARBITRARILY ASSIGN YOU A CHARITY.  YOU CAN NAVIGATE THE SIGHT TO CHANGE YOUR CHARITY. 

 

Affiliate Book Group - Session 2

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 affiliatebshort@gmail.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.

 

Thank you,

Paula Schaffner, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Bob Short

Book Group Committee