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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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

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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..

 

Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 16:31

Poetic Response  to Contemplative Action

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Bill Murphy – Maryknoll Affiliate Board

It was my turn to prepare a “State of the Heart” report at the conclusion of the May 3-5, 2019 meeting of the Maryknoll Affiliate Board. The meeting’s central theme was contemplative action, and my response to what I heard and experienced took the form of the poem below.

Fracking the Heart

How do I turn my heart of stone into a heart of flesh?

I used to think the waters of baptism were sufficient:

Gentle, flowing waters can soothe but rarely awaken;

Still waters warm and calm but hardly get me moving.

Maybe knowledge was the answer?

Theology or the facts and figures of science and computers 

Would guide me to a meaningful life and best solutions.

 

Slow down

Sit with the darkness; it becomes light

Listen in the silence

Share stories of life:

accompanying gospels of struggles, pains, joys -

compassion for ourselves as well as others

breaks open my heart.

Don’t just move, stand there

Then

move in the direction that beckons me.

 

Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 16:17

Maryknoll Nuns at the Border

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Mary and Manny Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Maryknollers, including Affiliates, have been attending to the needs of migrants at the US-Mexico border. (Affiliates have written about helping at McAllen, TX, and on page 8, Don Gonzalez tells about El Paso.) Sr. Lil Mattingly, MM, responded graciously to our email when we arrived in El Paso in April. She arranged for us to meet the Maryknoll sisters working at the US Border near El Paso and hear their stories. Sr. Lil and Sr. Maggie Sierra are both working with immigrants in El Paso. Sr. Susan Nchubiri, MM, who is based at Maryknoll, NY, is working with them for a month responding to the massive increase in refugees from Central and South America.

Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 16:09

At the El Paso Migrant Refuge

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Don Gonzalez – Hawaii Chapter

Last November I volunteered at the refugee center located within the grounds of the Diocese of El Paso. It is a good-sized room with its own kitchen and eating facility. The bishop of El Paso and seminarians reside nearby, and most volunteers stay in the seminarians’ sleeping quarters, where they are comfortable and have a regular bed unless there is a lack of space; then volunteers might sleep on a cot.

Volunteers learn how to perform a number of functions, then do what is requested as needed.

Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 16:04

Deepen Our Compassion, O God

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By Heidi Cerneka

Deepen our compassion, O God.
You are the judge, not us.

Our sister left behind home, family, culture, language
When she fled to protect her life,
     her children, their future,
As greed and power ravaged her nation.

Our brother asked for refuge,
A refuge promised by the UN and the US,
But we welcomed him with detention,
Separation from loved ones.

Teach us to walk a mile in their sandals
And be moved to indignation and action.

Stretch our compassion, O God,
To embrace those
Who see this reality differently.

Move us beyond entrenched beliefs,
Inspire us to creative responses
And justice that restores relationships
And hope for all.

May those who knock at our door
Seeking refuge and hope,
Who are met with condemnation and walls
     by this nation,
May they challenge us
To live our baptismal promise to the Gospel,
And may they judge us with compassion
     when we fail. 

Amen

Note: This prayer first appeared in the Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ Voices of Compassion, Spring 2019. Reprinted with permission.

 

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