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.
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
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: email@example.com
To read more details about the purpose and theme development for MAC 2017, click on the link below:
The Registration Form will be read next week.
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!!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
email@example.com. 917 509-8142
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or Phone at 914 941 7575 (5612)
MAC Registration is now open for MAC 2017 - November 9 - 12, 2017 at Verbo Encarnado. Please click on the link below, scroll down to READ MORE - English box (or LEER MÁS - Español) where you can choose to see (1) the Schedule (2) Mission Visits [excursion trips] (3) Registration Form - fill out the form; get information of "Conference Cost", Roommate, Volunteering, Mission Visits and "Two steps to register" (4) Registration Payment Form. When registering, make sure to follow the "Two steps to register".
The link above is contained on the MAC 2017 tab of the Guatemala Chapter website. Even if you do not read Spanish, it is a thoughtful and beautifully formatted site very much worth looking at. Scroll through the tabs Inicio (home) Pilares (pillares) NTHL (newsletter - No Tan Lejos del Horizonte) Boletín Mensual (monthly bulletin) and MAC 2017. For the Guatemala Chapter website, go to this link: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate
THE APPLICATION FORM FOR THE CONFERENCE/TRAVEL GRANT WILL GO OUT NEXT WEEK.
As with previous conferences, Maryknoll Affiliates Conference (MAC) 2017 attendees may apply for a “Conference Fee and Travel Grant” for the conference hosted by the Guatemalan Chapter, to be held November 9-12. This program is possible due to your generous funding of Affiliate operations the past few years and our Executive Coordinator’s careful management of your dollars.
The goal of the program is to encourage representation from as many as possible of the over fifty Affiliate chapters located both around the world and here in the U.S. We also hope that, with grant assistance, individuals who have not yet had an opportunity to attend an international conference will be able to do so.
With funds limited, we ask applicants to explore and consider all possible funding sources that may be available to them. For example, chapters might explore supporting participation through donation of frequent flyer miles and chapter member contributions. In 2014, over fifteen attendees benefited from grant assistance; we hope that as many or more will be assisted through the 2017 program. Applications are due by April 1, 2017. Depending upon funding availability, applications may be accepted after the April 1 dead line.
Once completed simply click on the SUBMIT button and it will be automatically sent to Bob Short
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Please complete the appropriate section and return the form to:
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll NY 10545-0302
Please make check payable to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and write Maryknoll Affiliates Annual Appeal in the memo line of your check.
Contribution from: ________________________________________ Date: _________________________
City: ______________________ State: ___________ Zip/Postal Code: ____________ Country: _______________
Amount: $25 $50 $100 $200 Other $__________
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Name as it appears on card: _________________________________________________________
Card# ___________________________________________________ Expiration Date ___________
You can have donations directly charged to a debit card or credit card or debited from your checking account on a monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis.
I would like to enroll
YES! I would like to make regular automatic transfers to Maryknoll for the Maryknoll Affiliates 4014 Mission Account using my credit or debit card in the amount of $ __________. Should I decide to cancel, I will call Maryknoll. I understand that my donations will be recorded on my statement, which will serve as my receipt.
Debit date is either the 5th or 12th day of the month. Please circle one: 5th or 12th
Your full signature is required here: _______________________________________________________
Please check the giving option you prefer: Monthly Bimonthly Quarterly Semi-Annually Annually
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Zip/Postal Code: __________________ Country: ________________
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YES! I would like to make an automatic transfer from my bank account to Maryknoll for the Maryknoll Affiliates 4014 Mission Account in the amount of $ __________.
Should I decide to cancel, I will call Maryknoll. I understand that my donations will be recorded on my bank statement, which will serve as my receipt.
Debit date is either the 5th or 12th day of the month. Please circle one: 5th or 12th
Your full signature is required here: ______________________________________________________
Please include voided check along with your donation.
Please check the giving option you prefer: Monthly Bimonthly Quarterly Semi-Annually Annually
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* If you are a new enrollee to Maryknoll Mission Direct, please enclose a check for your next donation. After that, your donations will be transferred to Maryknoll electronically.
If you would like to volunteer time and talent, whether you give financially or not, please fill out this portion of the form. You can also email Fred at email@example.com or call 877-897-2386. Please check any ways in which you would be willing to help.
Through prayer Help edit Not So Far Afield
Write articles for Not So Far Afield Any other volunteer work as needed
Help translate from and to Spanish for our newsletter, web or other documents
Help update the Maryknoll Affiliate website (articles, news, links, other items of interest)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:email@example.com
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.