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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your full return of payment will follow.
An MAC update and a reflective passage:
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: email@example.com.
* There is also a pilot Contemplative Virtual Chapter in its initial stages of development.
1) Where do we want Maryknoll Affiliates to be in 5 years? 2) What are 1-3 actions steps to get us there? While Board chair Dave Schaffner presented these two questions to Board members, they are critical question extended to all of us as Affiliates. Given the geographic expanse, life experience and 1000's of years of commitment to mission among us, how might each of us (you) respond to these questions. Any insights (broad or particularly focused) in this regard would be very welcome.
If you would like to respond, please email Bob Short at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you much.
In the first two sentences of her book, Becoming Wise - An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Krista Tippett, the host of the public radio program, On Being, writes: "I'm a person who listens for a living. I listen for wisdom, and beauty, and for voices not shouting to be heard."
On Sunday, June 11th I had the chance to meet with 16 members of the San Diego Chapter, who gathered in the rectory of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in the Mission Hill section of that city. Hugh Menton, Regional Coordinator for the California Region, drove all the way from Long Beach to also be at the meeting. Hugh's wife Jean wasn't able to make it that Sunday.
Like many if not all Affiliate Chapters, there was a felt sense of welcome, of engaging reflection, of meaningful conversation, of humor, of kindness and of being at home. There were no 'voices shouting to be heard' - where there is genuine community, no one had to shout. During this moment in history when many feel our country's deepest values are in free fall, we were all very grateful for this time and space when 'people of the pillars' (Spirituality, Community, Global Vision & Action) could come together. Besides that, the members spoke of really good brownies at the pot luck gathering to follow... speaking here of only legitimate culinary ingredients.
It struck me once again while in San Diego that Maryknollers are people on the margins trying very hard and with a great deal of integrity to speak a word of life, of Life.
If you haven't already done so, please consider this very special opportunity to travel to Guatemala and meet with Affiliates and other Maryknollers from around the world.
The 5 Consensus Action Statements below are from the recent Affiliate Board meeting - May 5-7, 2017
CAS #1. On the June Regional Coordinator phone call, the RCs will deliberate and suggest a framework for the selection of RCs and will decide whether RCs should have set terms. The Board will take their input and develop the framework at the next Board meeting.
CAS #2. Everyone who is an Affiliate or is in contact with an Affiliate chapter will receive both the digital version of Not So Far Afield & the Monday Morning Update email. The process of merging the two databases will be worked on by Mary Ryan Hotchkiss, Ginny McEvoy, and Bob Short.
CAS #3. The Board approves the Roles and Responsibilities documents for the Chapter Coordinator/Contact Person, Nominating Committee, and Finance Committee as amended.
CAS #4. The revised draft of the Board Member Manual of 2017 will be reviewed by 3 board members who will submit their comments and suggestions by July 1, 2017. Dave Schaffner and Bob Short will incorporate suggestions and possible new materials and finalize the revised Board Member Manual.
CAS #5. All board members will respond to Dave Schaffner by email by July 1 to the questions: 1) where do we want Maryknoll Affiliates to be in 5 years? 2) what are 1-3 actions steps to get us there?
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.
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
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 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.
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:
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
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
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 REQUEST A TUITION/TRAVEL GRANT: https://goo.gl/aAzIoW
TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE VENUE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmZem8wd50&feature=youtu.be
If you have questions, please contact Bob Short at: email@example.com
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.
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
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:
If you have any questions or comments, contact Bob Short at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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: email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone at 914 941 7575 (5612)
You should see 3 separate articles in this Monday Morning Email:
You can also find these articles (announcements) on the Affiliate Website. Go to the site [maryknollaffiliates.org], click on the "News" tab and on "Recent Postings" in the drop down menu.
The Long Island Chapter is sponsoring a Memorial Mass to honor and celebrate the committed lives of Maryknoll Affiliates and Maryknollers who've worked with the Affiliate movement.The names submitted to the Long Island Chapter are:
RUSS CARLL, PAUL D’aRCY, RONNI GILLIGAN, SYLVIA GUIDRY, JANE HEGENER, KATHY HUGHES MM, LYNN HOUSTON, BRENDA LEG, JIM MADDEN MM, MARY MURPHY, BOB MAXWELL, BOB METZGER, JOHN NEUFELD, AL SCHIAVONNE MM, MAUREEN and ED STROUD, JOHN WALSH MM, MIGNON WOLFE
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: email@example.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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 917 509-8142
As with previous conferences, Maryknoll Affiliates Conference (MAC) 2017 attendees may apply for a “Conference Fee and Travel Grant” for the conference hosted by the Guatemalan Chapter, to be held November 9-12. This program is possible due to your generous funding of Affiliate operations the past few years and our Executive Coordinator’s careful management of your dollars.
The goal of the program is to encourage representation from as many as possible of the over fifty Affiliate chapters located both around the world and here in the U.S. We also hope that, with grant assistance, individuals who have not yet had an opportunity to attend an international conference will be able to do so.
With funds limited, we ask applicants to explore and consider all possible funding sources that may be available to them. For example, chapters might explore supporting participation through donation of frequent flyer miles and chapter member contributions. In 2014, over fifteen attendees benefited from grant assistance; we hope that as many or more will be assisted through the 2017 program. Applications are due by April 1, 2017. Depending upon funding availability, applications may be accepted after the April 1 dead line.
Once completed simply click on the SUBMIT button and it will be automatically sent to Bob Short