Not So Far Afield is a bimonthly publication of the Maryknoll Affiliates. The name is a play on the title of the original Maryknoll Magazine: The Field Afar.

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Martes, 20 Agosto 2019 04:43

Border Actions to Consider…

Written by

Vicki Simon – Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner

Participate in a border immersion experience: Learn about life at the Border in a 4-5 day immersion experience.

  • The Encuentro Project, a Jesuit sponsored immersion program in El Paso/Juarez, considers groups of 12-15. Contact Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.), for more information and your group’s interest and needs.
  • The Loretto Community’s Latin American and Caribbean Committee (https://www.lorettocommunity.org/) coordinates a Border experience trip each year out of Tucson, AZ, to Nogales.

There are many other such programs offered throughout the US.

Volunteers: Volunteers who can stay two weeks or longer are needed. Spanish is helpful, but many jobs do not require Spanish. If you decide to apply, go in good health and well-rested as the days are intense and long. Log on to Annunciation House of Hospitality (https://annunciationhouse.org) for up-to-date information, the application process, and forms.

Financial donations: Financial donations are needed urgently, rather than specific items, so they can buy exactly what they need, responding to the changing needs of our guests. Make donations payable to Annunciation House and mail to 815 Myrtle Avenue, El Paso, TX 79901,  or donate via their website.

Local opportunities: If you cannot travel or volunteer at this time, get involved locally in organizations working with recently arrived refugees and migrants.

Write and contact: Send letters to your state representatives. Send letters and post on social media, sharing what you know about Immigration matters and current anti-immigration bills.

Domingo, 18 Agosto 2019 14:49

You Belong

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Chapters, consider creating your own welcome statement for use
when inviting others to join you in actualizing your vision.*

We would like to let you know that you belong...

People of African, Asian, European, or First Nations descent, and people of mixed and multiple descents. We say, “You belong.”

People along the continuum of gender identity and expression: gay, bisexual, heterosexual, transgender, cisgender, or queer folks, and everyone for whom those labels don’t apply. We say, “You belong.

Bodies with abilities and challenges, living with chronic medical conditions, visible or invisible, mental or physical. We say, “You belong.”

People who are activists and those who aren’t. Mystics, believers, seekers of all kinds. People of all ages. We say, “You belong.”

Your emotions: joy, fear, grief, contentment, disappointment, surprise, and all else that flows through you. We say, “You belong.”

Your families, genetic and otherwise. Those dear to us who have died. Our ancestors and the future ones. The ancestors who lived where these buildings are now . . . we honor you through this work that we are undertaking. We say, 
You belong.”

People who feel broken, lost, struggling; who suffer from self-doubt and self-judgment. We say, “You belong.”

All beings that inhabit this earth, human or otherwise: the two-legged, the four-legged, winged and finned, those that walk, fly, and crawl, above the ground and below, in air and water. We say, You belong.


*This statement was adapted from “Diversity Welcome,” which is made available for download by
Training for Change, along with a long list of other tools for workshops.

 

Domingo, 18 Agosto 2019 14:43

John Moritz: Our Newest Board Member

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I joined the Affiliate Board in November of 2018.  My chapter, Northeast Florida, was nurtured by Fr. Bob Carleton, MM; beginning our initial formation in 2009, we became a chapter in 2011. As the test case for the Affiliate Formation Program, we underwent an arduous nearly two years of reading, watching, discussing, and discerning. I was initially attracted to the Affiliates despite never having met a Maryknoller prior to our formation, though I generally knew of Maryknoll by their reputation for early mission efforts.

John shares his electrical skills during a November 2018 Affiliate mission effort—helping refurbish a flooded mobile home south of Houston.

I have been involved in ministries for most of my adult life.  I had attended a Cursillo retreat in 1975 and was active for about 25 years.  After that, my wife, Mary and I have worked in marriage preparation ministry to this day. Early in my involvement, I was concerned that our ministry did not mirror that of most Affiliates, but I was greatly supported by Fr. Jim Madden, who shared my concern for marriage and assured me that what we were doing was completely consistent with being an Affiliate.

Upon becoming an Affiliate, I agreed to co-coordinate the Southeast region with Mary.  We attended the 2011 MAC, which solidified my commitment to the Affiliates.   As RCs, we have made varied and often not so successful attempts to spread the Affiliate message in our region.  Also, as a survivor of the Affiliate Formation Program, I was asked to help revise the program to make it more appropriate for initial chapter use and for individual formation.  Truthfully, despite some limitations, I thought the program was great!

I am willing to contribute what gifts I have to the Affiliate movement. I believe that we Affiliates have an opportunity to be a vital element of mission in the future. How this evolves is in process. I have never thought about myself as a board member type of person. When people start talking about amending the minutes of the last board meeting, my eyes glaze over, I see in black and white, and all the words become blah, blah, blah. Nevertheless, I look forward to participating in the servant leadership of the Maryknoll Affiliate Board.

 

Sábado, 17 Agosto 2019 23:39

A Letter from Our Affiliate Board Chair

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Hello Affiliates,

Last Fall, as the new Affiliate Board Chair, I emphasized two characteristics of a successful movement—connection and communication. These are equally related to the Affiliate Board’s key responsibilities, namely:

  • to discover and embrace the wisdom and ever emerging life of the Affiliate movement, and
  • to engage in deep listening with the wider Affiliate movement.

It would be difficult to achieve these without connection and communication. Considering the nature and loose structure of the Affiliates, to be successful will require that both Affiliate leaders and members commit to dialogue. I can’t emphasize this enough!

As my personal commitment to this dialogue, I want to keep reaching out and connecting with Affiliates. All Affiliates and/or Chapters are invited to participate. If you are reading this, you are invited. Participation can be one-on-one conversations or connecting during a Chapter meeting. We can connect by phone or on the internet, via Zoom video conferencing or Skype.  If okay, I’d like to expand this connection by inviting another Board member and/or Regional Coordinator to the call, as well.

To participate in this dialogue, please email me at 
Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. so we can arrange the particulars. This will be an ongoing effort, so expect reminders in the future.

These conversations are just one way to enjoy mutual dialogue and engagement between leadership and the wider Affiliate movement. I hope you can join with me in this effort. Let’s have morning coffee or a nightcap together!

Blessings,    
Rich Lessard, Affiliate Board Chair

 

Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 17:23

Mission Without Borders

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The Maryknoll Affiliate Mission Statement includes the phrase,

“Maryknoll Affiliates challenge one another to witness to mission as a way of life by going beyond borders (italics added for emphasis)...,” 

but this issue gives examples of Maryknollers and Affiliates not going beyond borders, but rather going to the southern US border and serving the great needs there. 

Several articles show it is not even necessary to physically go to the border to make a difference. David Schaffner points out that shoelaces are such a simple item but are providing a tangible way to connect with those in need and also to educate the local community about the situation at the border! Affiliates in this issue also say their mission is in the community: teaching English to immigrants, offering hospitality to traveling Maryknollers, or joining a Campaign Nonviolence action.  Santa Orlando points out the many ways the Albany Chapter maintains connections and is a catalyst and conduit of communication. She says Affiliates are called to Relationship.

And Affiliates contemplate. Before, during, and after actions, we contemplate our place in the global human family and know our hearts have been fracked. We “ain’t gonna study war no more.” Please share the fruits of your contemplation at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

Articles in this issue:

Staying Connected - "It was wonderful to have representatives from the Sisters and Fathers with us."—Santa Orlando

Meeting Maryknoll in St. Louis - "When we admired a symbol Debbie was wearing, she asked, “What is the symbol of the Maryknoll Affiliates?”—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

Boston Affiliate Working with Rotary - "The goal of the project was to change the practice of cooking with open fires on the floor, eliminating exposure to smoke and reducing health issues."—Jim Comes 

More Excitement? - "A little preparation can lead to a lively meeting."—Matt Rousso

Maryknoll Lay Missioner/Lawyer - "Walls and detention centers are not the answer. Central America needs to be a place where people can stay if they want, with job opportunities, fair wages, and security."—Heidi Cerneka

Maryknoll Nuns at the Border - “God does not ask us to ask if people we help have all their immigration papers in order, or are they legally asking for asylum, before we feed, clothe and give them something to eat or give them shelter."—Sr. Maggie Sierra, MM

At the El Paso Migrant Refuge - "One of the best things about doing volunteer work is meeting other volunteers from different locations."—Don Gonzalez  

The Shoelace Project - "Thus, the Humanitarian Respite Center operated by Catholic Charities in McAllen, Texas, and similar facilities along the border, need a constant supply of shoelaces."—David Schaffner

 

Learn more about your Maryknoll Affiliate Board and Executive Coordinator in these articles:

Welcoming Maryknollers

Bird Lessons

Poetic Response to Contemplative Action 

Prototype Progress and Success

 

And be sure to enjoy the Features in this issue: 

Deepen Our Compassion

Week of Actions 

Cultivating Nonviolence 

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2019

 If you are more comfortable reading the Not So Far Afield in its print form, you may download a pdf of the July/August issue. 

 

 

 

Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 17:13

Maryknoll Mission Institute – 2019

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Have you considered attending a Mission Institute program?
If New York is too far for you, consider the California offerings!
There’s still  time to sign up!

July 7-12 Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality

Rev. John Philip Newell, PhD, and Cami Twilling

July 14-19 Teilhard and Struggle: Drawn to the Road of Fire

Sr. Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD

July 21-26 Sacred Heart of the Cosmos: Mission Spirit in Modern Time

Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, MFA

Sept. 8-13 Mission Spirituality: Releasing the Fire Within – Monrovia, CA

Sr. Claudette LaVerdiere, MM, STL

Sept. 17-20 Mission Spirituality: Releasing the Fire Within – Los Altos, CA

Sr. Claudette LaVerdiere, MM, STL  
 

Find the complete schedule and application forms at:

maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute/


Register online or request an application form by:

Email: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.
Phone: 914-941-7575 @ 5671
Mail: Maryknoll Mission Institute
        Maryknoll Sisters
        PO Box 311
        Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311

 

Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 17:04

Prototype Progress and Success

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At its May meeting, the Maryknoll Affiliate Board heard updates on the four prototype projects which had been proposed and initiated at the November 2018 Board meeting. This is what has been accomplished in just six months:

Chapter Companions – Gerry Mullaney, NE Ohio, said ten chapters have requested or already have a Chapter Companion—a Maryknoll missioner. To sign up your chapter, contact the Chapter Companions team at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

 

Quo Vadis – Per Bill Murphy, a local marketing team has been formed in the NY/New England area, and they are presenting the workshop to cross-cultural immersion groups to beta test it. If successful, the resulting final version of QUO VADIS will be presented at the November Board/RC meeting before broader marketing of the workshop.

 

Affiliates Connecting – Rich Lessard, Board Chair and Albany Affiliate, has connected with several Affiliates and Chapters through phone
and video chat. If you wish to connect with him, e-mail him at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.. We are looking for new ways of Affiliates connecting; one such way is the Question of the Month. Be on the lookout for a new question in your e-mail inbox each month.

 

Affiliate Hospitality – Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland said a survey asks Affiliates about their willingness and ability to provide hospitality to traveling Maryknollers, including Affiliates. See “Welcoming Maryknollers”

David Schaffner—California Central Coast Chapter

Our chapter has organized a “Shoelace Project” for the months of June and July in St. Patrick’s Parish, Arroyo Grande. The idea for this campaign came from an NSFA article, “Compassion and Hospitality on the Border,” (March/April 2019). In this article, Jerrie Drinkwine mentioned that the detention center removes shoelaces and belts from asylum seekers as they are processed by ICE. When they are delivered to a respite center, they receive replacement shoelaces. Thus, the Humanitarian Respite Center operated by Catholic Charities in McAllen, Texas, and similar facilities along the border, need a constant supply of shoelaces.

Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 16:47

Week of Actions

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Sept. 14 to 22 is 2019’s Week of Actions, and Campaign Nonviolence plans to have 3,000 actions around the world! Several Affiliate groups have participated in this annual effort, “working for a new culture of nonviolence free from war, racism, poverty, and environmental destruction.”

Define your own action and join the campaign! Be sure to take photos and tell the NSFA at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. all about it. For more information and to register your event, go to paceebene.org.

 

Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 16:42

Cultivating Nonviolence

Written by

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Learning, growing, transforming, and deepening ourselves and our society are signs of life.

Walla Walla Affiliate Chris Pinney (left) and David Stocker, presenter at a 2018 Affiliate regional meeting, use their drums at a Campaign Nonviolence demonstration.

Through my involvement with the Affiliates, I have embraced and continue deepening my identification with nonviolence. The JustFaith module, Cultivating Nonviolence, offers to us Maryknoll Affiliates a way to keep growing, cultivating.

I am inviting Affiliates to participate in Cultivating Nonviolence with me, on-line: Eight sessions during October and November 2019 with readings and videos on-line. We will share our reflections during weekly conference calls. Only one book is needed: Active Nonviolence: A Way of Personal Peace, by Gerald A. Vanderhaar. To sign up or for more information, please email Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

 

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