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Not So Far Afield

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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Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Wherever two or three are gathered...but especially when Affiliates have a conference...the Spirit is moving. This issue gives just an inkling of the Spirit of this summer’s conferences. If you weren’t able to make it to one of the two Conferences featured in this issue—The Midwest Regional Retreat Conference or the Western Regional Affiliate Conference—see the advance notice on this page from the New Orleans/Gulf South Chapter. As with any regional conference, all are welcome.

You may have received the NSFA attached to a new email. Our updated database means more people than ever are receiving the NSFA. If you haven’t already, please send your updated chapter contact list to the NSFA and to our Executive Coordinator, Bob Short  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), so that everyone in your chapter will receive the NSFA and other important Affiliate communications.

The NSFA still hasn’t received an Affiliate reflection on the Pope’s environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, but we have heard that one chapter is supporting a Campaign Nonviolence action themed, “Caring for our Common Home.” They stand in solidarity with Pope Francis as he addresses the US Congress on September  24th. 

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 Articles in this issue:

Renewing the Joy of Mission—Shifting into the Future – "Our approach to developing the schedule may be a key to why the weekend was so satisfying."—Kathleen Gribble


Western Regional Affiliate Conference – "The Seattle Affiliates worked as a team, making the weekend flow smoothly for all of us. They looked like they enjoyed being together, and they worked as a single unit, like honeybees."—Kitty Schiltz  


Missing Affiliate Marie Parmly – "Although 85 years old when our Chapter first formed, Marie came to our meetings faithfully and often got others to come with her."—Mary Moritz

Friends Across Borders in Brazil – "I set out imagining a country with some native Indian tribes, having been colonized by the Portuguese. I ended up visiting a multi-ethnic, diverse country with a large Japanese population (invited to come as farmers), Italians, Germans, Syrians, people from different countries in Africa, and an indigenous Indian tribe (the Guarani Mbya)."—Mary Morris Williams

Planting Seeds of Nonviolence – "Mary [Hanson] cautioned us to not cross the blue line on the pavement marking the edge of federal property. Crossing would be considered criminal trespass."—Manny Hotchkiss

My Visit to the Casa Materna in Matagalpa – "I thought it would be wonderful to actually see for myself the operation of this wonderful Maternity Home."—Gabriela Maertens

A Day in a Lay Missioner’s Life – "My job title [Communications Coordinator] is hilarious to me, as I feel that at any given moment I am lucky if 80 percent of the conversation is understood by both parties."—Karen Bortvedt

And don't miss the entries in this issue's Features, Events, and The Board and EC Speak!


No Tan Lejos del Horizonte

No Tan Lejos del Horizonte es una publicación bimensual de los Afilados de Maryknoll.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

El Papa Francisco en varias ocasiones y con mucho entusiasmo nos ha invitado a unirnos en una “Revolución de la Ternura”. Pero, ¿En qué consiste esta Revolución de la Ternura? En este artículo se presentan algunos recursos que pueden permitirnos acercarnos a esta propuesta del Papa Francisco desde sus propias palabras. Los compartimos con la intención que pueda ser una fuente para reflexionar y responder, de forma individual y en comunidad, a esta propuesta del Papa Francisco.