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Jueves, 22 Agosto 2019 22:35

Short-Term Mission Opportunity

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Dick Horstman – Houston Chapter

The Benedictine Sisters of Boerne have a mission house in Eagle Pass, Texas, across the Rio Grande from Piedras Negras, Mexico. Sister Ursula Herrera is the only Sister at the house. Last December, the Sisters converted the house to a migrant respite shelter. 

The migrants are delivered to the house around 7:00 in the evening. Sister feeds them dinner, gives them a change of clothes, and they sleep one night at the house. Sister feeds them breakfast the next morning, and they are then picked up at 9:00 AM to travel to San Antonio. Sister needs help cooking, washing bedding, making beds, cleaning and sorting clothes, buying groceries, etc. She averages approximately 28 migrants a night.

Sister does not have room for a group of volunteers. She has a very nice apartment with a full bath in a detached garage for two volunteers.   It is an ideal setup for a couple.

Because Sister Ursula is very busy, if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact me, Dick Horstman, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

Jueves, 22 Agosto 2019 22:19

Maryknoll Connections

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Some chapters already had a special relationship with a Maryknoll Priest, Brother, Sister, or Lay Missioner when the Chapter Companions Initiative began. Others have requested a companion and are now enjoying getting to know their Maryknoll missioner. 

It’s not too late to ask the Chapter Companion team to help you connect with a Maryknoll missioner for mutual enrichment. Email us at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

Jueves, 22 Agosto 2019 22:07

Question of the Month #5

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QTM #5: What story do you tell when people ask you about Maryknoll Affiliates?

This Question of the Month (QTM) was suggested by Tom McGuire, Chicago Chapter.

To answer this question, go to QTM #5.

 If you haven’t seen the Affiliates’ answers to the previous Questions of the Month, you’ll also find a link to them on that page.

We look forward to hearing your views on this and future Questions of The Month.

 

Jueves, 22 Agosto 2019 22:00

Invitation to the Pope Francis Reading Club

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Matt Rousso – New Orleans/Gulf South Chapter

We have begun a “Pope Francis Reading Club” in the New Orleans area to encourage Affiliates and as many people as possible to be in touch with the creative, visionary, and challenging thinking of our wonderful Pope Francis. We will only occasionally read a book by the Pope. Most of the time we will read copies of recent talks, homilies or excerpts from interviews he has given.

A highly enthusiastic group of 20 people helped develop the plan for the reading club. We will meet once a month at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center (the Cenacle), in Metairie, LA, on Monday evenings from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. There is no fee but we may make an occasional small free-will offering for the use of the Cenacle, the copy machine, etc.

For the month of August we are asking members to read The Joy of the Gospel, written in 2013, in which Pope Francis gives his fundamental vision for the church and society and includes most if not all of the issues he will deal with in more depth during his following years as Pope. We will discuss The Joy of the Gospel Monday, August 26. Our September meeting will be Monday, September 30.

If you are interested in joining the Pope Francis Reading Club and need a copy of The Joy of the Gospel or would like more information, please contact Matt Rousso: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

The text is also available online: "Evangelii Gaudium".

We hope you will join us for what we believe will be a most fulfilling and enriching experience. If you don’t live in the New Orleans area and want to read along with the us you could email your comments or questions on the readings to Matt who might be able use them at their meeting.

 

Martes, 20 Agosto 2019 16:54

Cultivating Nonviolence

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As we struggle to make appropriate responses to the situations in our families, in our neighborhoods, and in the world, Cultivating Nonviolence offers alternatives. Affiliates  are invited to learn more online and in person about nonviolence. The Cultivating Nonviolence program was developed for JustFaith in conjunction with Maryknoll and Pax Christi. It will help us to:

  • Develop personal peace,
  • Learn more about nonviolence,
  • Use nonviolence in all our relationships,
  • Envision a better world.

The eight-week October/November session consists of:

  • On-line readings and videos,
  • Personal and virtual discussions, and
  • Nonviolent practices to stretch our capabilities.

Each week we will share our thoughts and learnings through conference calls, emails, and Facebook.

We will read key sections of the engaging book, Personal Nonviolence, A Practical Spirituality for Peacemakers, by Gerhard A. Vandehaar. Copies can be ordered through Amazon, or we will email copies of short sections.

Contact Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) for information or to register.

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.

 

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:

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Phone: 914-941-7575 @ 5671
Mail: Maryknoll Mission Institute
        Maryknoll Sisters
        PO Box 311
        Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311

 

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 16:04

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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