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Saturday, 06 February 2016 16:08
Mary Murphy Jim, Ellen
Mary with Jim & Ellen

Ron Guidry, contact person for the Westchester Affiliate Chapter, wrote earlier this week that the condition of member Mary Murphy has worsened and that she is bed-bound and in hospice. 

Ginny McEvoy, new Affiliate Board member and friend of Mary's said of her, "Mary was very active in the Westchester Affiliate chapter... a few of her activities: aside from being active in the forming of the Westchester Chapter; she helped with a forum on immigration; she began the farm on the Father's side "Pacha Mama" and enlisted volunteers to plant and harvest food that went to the shelters and homeless in Ossining; she named the Affiliate Newsletter..."

Please remember Mary in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 13:17

 

 

Report on the 2015

Maryknoll Affiliates Survey

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February 2016


Report on the 2015 Maryknoll Affiliates Survey*

INTRODUCTION

In fall 2014, the Affiliate Board decided to invite individual Affiliates to participate in a survey. Board member Rich Lessard convened a committee of board members, the Executive Coordinator, and Regional Coordinators; wrote the survey; and saw it through several iterations. The draft of the survey was presented in February and the Board, Regional Coordinators, and five internationally based Affiliates Beta-tested it.

Based on Beta-test feedback, the survey was revised, and the Board approved it at its March 2015 meeting. The survey had a mix of qualitative, dialog-box questions and quantitative, Likert scale type (for example: 5 = very much agree through 1 = do not agree) questions. The beta test revealed that the survey would take 30-45 minutes to complete, and this information was provided.

Early on, the committee discussed the survey’s purpose and what information each question would contribute. They hoped the survey would:

·      Make connections with all Affiliates and invite them into greater ownership of future direction setting.

·      Discover what meaningful difference the Affiliate identity makes in Affiliates’ lives.

·      Clarify and strengthen our relationships as Affiliates-to-Affiliates and as Affiliates-to-Maryknollers—Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, and Lay Missioners.

·      Discover the deeper heart wishes, passions, and abiding commitments that live within people and keep them steadfast in this movement.

The survey was made available on-line from May 1 through September 1, 2015. It was announced in the Not So Far Afield and in the Monday morning email. It was also discussed at two regional conferences held in August. In total, 82 people—about 20% of active US Affiliates—responded, 76 from the US and 6 from other countries. (The complete transcript of responses is available upon request to rshort@maryknoll affiliates.org.)

DEMOGRAPHICS AND CHAPTER HEALTH

Demographics. Respondents represent a wide spectrum of Affiliate belonging. About 46% have been Affiliates for 11 or more years, 37% for 6-10 years, and 17% for 5 years or less. The respondents are rich in mission experiences: 54% have had a local or parish-based experience; 46% have gone overseas on a mission exposure trip (less than 1 month), 20% served short-term (1-6 months), and 13% long-term (more than 6 months). About 20% of respondents are former or current Maryknoll missioners. Obviously, many respondents had multiple experiences.

All regions of the US were represented, with the Midwest and Northeast accounting for almost half (47%) of respondents. The other US regions (California, Northwest, Great Plains/Southwest, South Central and Southeast) each claimed 7-10%. All but six of the responses were from US Affiliates, although we have Affiliates residing in Mesoamerica, Latin America, Philippines, South Korea, and Tanzania. The non-US respondents live in Philippines, South Korea, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 18:25
Robert Ellsberg, Editor

Another year begins, with hopes for peace and spiritual renewal. The lights are hardly off the Christmas tree—ours enhanced this year by Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas that you helped make a bestseller—and already it is time to prepare for Lent. Once more, we have the perfect companion for this journey: All Shall Be Well: Readings for Lent and Easter.

This new collection, again edited by the great Orbis team of Michael Leach, James Keane and Doris Goodnough, is drawn from many of the most popular spiritual writers of our time: Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Joyce Rupp, Pope Francis, Dorothy Day, James Martin and Joan Chittister. As with the Christmas collection, there are also literary treasures: poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot and Mary Oliver, reflections on the passion by novelist Julia Alvarez and John Updike's reflections on the resurrection. These and several dozen other authors break open the meaning of Lent and Easter with stories, epiphanies and other surprises.

Another gift for this season comes in Michael H. Crosby's Fruit of the Spirit: Pauline Mysticism for the Church Today. The fruit of the Spirit are enumerated in Paul's letter to the Galatians: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. By exploring these attributes of a Christian life, Crosby argues that we can envision a "mystical theology" that can help us transcend the polarization that plagues our church. He concludes by suggesting spiritual practices to help us cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit in our own lives.

Many of these same fruits are reflected in the life of Nicaraguan Jesuit Fernando Cardenal. In Faith & Joy: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Priest, he tells the story about his deep vocational commitment to the poor, which inspired him to join in the revolutionary struggle against the Somoza dictatorship and later to serve as minister of education in the Sandinista government. This put him into conflict with the Vatican and led to his expulsion from the Jesuits. But his faithfulness was rewarded, and many years later he was welcomed back into the Society of Jesus. Through many twists and turns, his story relates the moving journey of a priest who consistently followed his faith and conscience to serve the poor and to live out the radical social implications of the Gospel.

How to translate the principles of the Gospel into effective action in the world is the focus of Social Analysis for the 21st Century by Maria Cimperman. Our faith impels us to works of charity and justice. It is through social analysis we can unpack the structures that give rise to so much poverty and injustice. In the words of Jack Jezreel, founder of JustFaith Ministries, "Anyone who seriously wants to change the world would be wise to read this road map to real impact."

With blessings for the New Year, and confidence that all shall be well,

Robert Ellsberg
Publisher

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 01:10

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:34

Jean and I spent ten weeks in Asia earlier this year. Initially we were in Japan for a week and then went on to Bangkok, Thailand for six weeks where we taught English to Buddhist monks in a program sponsored by Maryknoll. During our last three weeks we toured China. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience worlds very different from our own in the US. Below is a slide show we hope you enjoy

Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:15

The Western Regional Conference was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, over Labor Day Weekend. Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss wrote:

Affiliates from 13 chapters gathered in arid Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Western Region Maryknoll Affiliate Conference to contemplate Water as Sanctifier and Quencher. Inside a sumptuous casino/resort we drank from metal water bottles bearing the Affiliate logo, while outdoor temperatures over the Labor Day Weekend soared to nearly 100 degrees. Indoors we heard the biblical treatment of water and of current water issues around the world. Sr. Rose Marie Cecchini M.M. told of the poisoning of aquifers by uranium mining on the Native People's lands near Gallup NM where she now works. A video,”Water For All” and our prayer and discussions motivated us to be better informed and to affirm the resolution that “Every Friday Maryknoll Affiliates will make special efforts to be aware of and to conserve water to be in solidarity with those suffering a lack of water.”

Saturday, 06 February 2016 16:08
Mary Murphy Jim, Ellen
Mary with Jim & Ellen

Ron Guidry, contact person for the Westchester Affiliate Chapter, wrote earlier this week that the condition of member Mary Murphy has worsened and that she is bed-bound and in hospice. 

Ginny McEvoy, new Affiliate Board member and friend of Mary's said of her, "Mary was very active in the Westchester Affiliate chapter... a few of her activities: aside from being active in the forming of the Westchester Chapter; she helped with a forum on immigration; she began the farm on the Father's side "Pacha Mama" and enlisted volunteers to plant and harvest food that went to the shelters and homeless in Ossining; she named the Affiliate Newsletter..."

Please remember Mary in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 13:17

 

 

Report on the 2015

Maryknoll Affiliates Survey

 iCloudLOGO

 

February 2016


Report on the 2015 Maryknoll Affiliates Survey*

INTRODUCTION

In fall 2014, the Affiliate Board decided to invite individual Affiliates to participate in a survey. Board member Rich Lessard convened a committee of board members, the Executive Coordinator, and Regional Coordinators; wrote the survey; and saw it through several iterations. The draft of the survey was presented in February and the Board, Regional Coordinators, and five internationally based Affiliates Beta-tested it.

Based on Beta-test feedback, the survey was revised, and the Board approved it at its March 2015 meeting. The survey had a mix of qualitative, dialog-box questions and quantitative, Likert scale type (for example: 5 = very much agree through 1 = do not agree) questions. The beta test revealed that the survey would take 30-45 minutes to complete, and this information was provided.

Early on, the committee discussed the survey’s purpose and what information each question would contribute. They hoped the survey would:

·      Make connections with all Affiliates and invite them into greater ownership of future direction setting.

·      Discover what meaningful difference the Affiliate identity makes in Affiliates’ lives.

·      Clarify and strengthen our relationships as Affiliates-to-Affiliates and as Affiliates-to-Maryknollers—Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, and Lay Missioners.

·      Discover the deeper heart wishes, passions, and abiding commitments that live within people and keep them steadfast in this movement.

The survey was made available on-line from May 1 through September 1, 2015. It was announced in the Not So Far Afield and in the Monday morning email. It was also discussed at two regional conferences held in August. In total, 82 people—about 20% of active US Affiliates—responded, 76 from the US and 6 from other countries. (The complete transcript of responses is available upon request to rshort@maryknoll affiliates.org.)

DEMOGRAPHICS AND CHAPTER HEALTH

Demographics. Respondents represent a wide spectrum of Affiliate belonging. About 46% have been Affiliates for 11 or more years, 37% for 6-10 years, and 17% for 5 years or less. The respondents are rich in mission experiences: 54% have had a local or parish-based experience; 46% have gone overseas on a mission exposure trip (less than 1 month), 20% served short-term (1-6 months), and 13% long-term (more than 6 months). About 20% of respondents are former or current Maryknoll missioners. Obviously, many respondents had multiple experiences.

All regions of the US were represented, with the Midwest and Northeast accounting for almost half (47%) of respondents. The other US regions (California, Northwest, Great Plains/Southwest, South Central and Southeast) each claimed 7-10%. All but six of the responses were from US Affiliates, although we have Affiliates residing in Mesoamerica, Latin America, Philippines, South Korea, and Tanzania. The non-US respondents live in Philippines, South Korea, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Sunday, 24 January 2016 13:45
Dave Namibia
Dave Volunteering in Namibia

A recent posting by Board chair, Dave Schaffner, gives a thorough overview of the Affiliate operational budget.  Dave utilizes charts and graphs that provide a comprehensive synopsis with just a quick read.  To go directly to that page on our website, click: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/finances.html

 

Thursday, 28 January 2016 18:25
Robert Ellsberg, Editor

Another year begins, with hopes for peace and spiritual renewal. The lights are hardly off the Christmas tree—ours enhanced this year by Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas that you helped make a bestseller—and already it is time to prepare for Lent. Once more, we have the perfect companion for this journey: All Shall Be Well: Readings for Lent and Easter.

This new collection, again edited by the great Orbis team of Michael Leach, James Keane and Doris Goodnough, is drawn from many of the most popular spiritual writers of our time: Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Joyce Rupp, Pope Francis, Dorothy Day, James Martin and Joan Chittister. As with the Christmas collection, there are also literary treasures: poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot and Mary Oliver, reflections on the passion by novelist Julia Alvarez and John Updike's reflections on the resurrection. These and several dozen other authors break open the meaning of Lent and Easter with stories, epiphanies and other surprises.

Another gift for this season comes in Michael H. Crosby's Fruit of the Spirit: Pauline Mysticism for the Church Today. The fruit of the Spirit are enumerated in Paul's letter to the Galatians: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. By exploring these attributes of a Christian life, Crosby argues that we can envision a "mystical theology" that can help us transcend the polarization that plagues our church. He concludes by suggesting spiritual practices to help us cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit in our own lives.

Many of these same fruits are reflected in the life of Nicaraguan Jesuit Fernando Cardenal. In Faith & Joy: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Priest, he tells the story about his deep vocational commitment to the poor, which inspired him to join in the revolutionary struggle against the Somoza dictatorship and later to serve as minister of education in the Sandinista government. This put him into conflict with the Vatican and led to his expulsion from the Jesuits. But his faithfulness was rewarded, and many years later he was welcomed back into the Society of Jesus. Through many twists and turns, his story relates the moving journey of a priest who consistently followed his faith and conscience to serve the poor and to live out the radical social implications of the Gospel.

How to translate the principles of the Gospel into effective action in the world is the focus of Social Analysis for the 21st Century by Maria Cimperman. Our faith impels us to works of charity and justice. It is through social analysis we can unpack the structures that give rise to so much poverty and injustice. In the words of Jack Jezreel, founder of JustFaith Ministries, "Anyone who seriously wants to change the world would be wise to read this road map to real impact."

With blessings for the New Year, and confidence that all shall be well,

Robert Ellsberg
Publisher

Saturday, 12 December 2015 00:00

A MONTHLY LETTER FROM ORBIS BOOKS PUBLISHER, ROBERT ELLSBERG

 

Robert Ellsberg
        Robert Ellsberg
Robert Ellsberg In this season of light there is all too much darkness in the world.

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, I thought of our author René Girard, the great French philosopher who died November 4. In his many works, including I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, he exposed the role of violence and the naming of scapegoats in solidifying social bonds. We see that dynamic repeated in the instinct that tells us that the only answer to violence is greater violence. It is the Gospel of Jesus, Girard argued, that breaks that cycle. As Jim Forest points out in Loving Our Enemies, it is the hardest commandment of all.

Another great Orbis author died at the end of last month: Father Joseph F. Girzone, famous for his bestselling “Joshua” series and other spiritual works, including Jesus: A New Understanding of God’s Son and most recently The End of Suffering. I will best remember him for the only novel Orbis published, The Homeless Bishop, that tells the story of a bishop who lives among the homeless, promotes peace and justice, and then brings his concern for those on the margins to Rome when he is elected pope. If Father Joe had had the prescience to name his hero Francis, it might have been taken for a roman à clef.

Speaking of Pope Francis, in his recent trip to the U.S., he held out four great Americans (Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton) who struggled to overcome hatred and violence to build a better future. A new book adds names to that litany: White Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice, edited by Drick Boyd, features over a dozen inspiring profiles of men and women who broke with the culture of white supremacy for the sake of justice and equality, often at the risk of their own lives.

The four Americans cited by the Pope offered what he called “a new way of seeing and interpreting reality.” In Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art (the latest volume in our Modern Spiritual Masters Series), Carol Berry chronicles the struggle of the beloved artist to convey a new way of seeing the world—infused with the sacred, informed by a great spirit of compassion. Vincent’s loneliness and the price he paid for his vocation makes for a deeply poignant story. And yet, his life and work are a great gift. If more people could share his vision, we would better see the goodness and light that darkness cannot overcome.

Finally, for all those who eagerly track these statistics, here are the Orbis Books top 10 best-selling titles of 2015—if you order by Friday, 12/11, they should arrive by Christmas:
Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas
Pope Francis, Morning Homilies
Tom Roberts, Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith
John McCoy, A Still and Quite Conscience (the biography of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen)
Elizabeth Johnson, Abounding in Kindness: Writings for the People of God
Ilia Delio, Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness
Joan Chittister: Essential Writings
My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation
Kelly Brown Douglas, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God


Peace and blessings,

Robert Ellsberg
Publisher 

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

 

Is your chapter participating in the 2015 Campaign Nonviolence? September 21 to 27, hundreds of groups across the country will be taking action to end war, poverty, and climate change. Some groups are connecting the environmental message of Pope Francis in Laudato Si with their Campaign Nonviolence event. See paceebene.org for a listing of events in your area. The next NSFA will report on actions by Affiliates - send your news to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

Save this date: September 30 – October 2, 2016

Hosts: New Orleans/Gulf South Affiliate Chapter 

Conference theme: Walking Each Other Home—Mission as Accompaniment 

Location: Archdiocesan Retreat Center

Contact: Matt Rousso This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information in 2016

 

 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Love in Action – Mission on the Margins

The Seattle Chapter was formed about 20 years ago. Within the past two years, some Affiliate members of the Seattle Chapter have done short-term overseas experiences in Mexico, Thailand, Tanzania, and El Salvador. Because Affiliates are becoming such active and vital links in the Maryknoll movement, the Seattle Affiliate Chapter is sponsoring a Western Regional Conference to discuss the importance of Mission and the role of lay people in Mission. 

General session speakers: 

  • Bob Short, Executive Coordinator of Maryknoll Affiliates
  • Gloria Burton, CCS Director of Farmworker Initiative for Catholic Housing Services
  • Renate Schneider, Executive Director of Haitian Connection.

Breakout sessions: 

  • Fair Trade Coffee – Barb Luxenberg 
  • Skagit Valley Migrant Workers – José Ortiz
  • Micro Financing – Tom Mailhot
  • El Salvador – Joe Hastings
  • Earth Ministry – Jessie Dye
  • Human Trafficking – Anna Clarke 

Conference dates: August 7-9, 2015

Conference location: Seattle University’s LeRoux Conference Center. Housing in Bellarmine Hall. 

Conference fees—3 days, including meals & lodging:

  •  

    Early-Bird  
    by June 30

    After
    June 30

    Double – per person $220.00 $250.00
    Single $250.00 $280.00
    Commuter (no lodging) $150.00 $180.00  

Questions? Please contact Al Drinkwine:

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        Phone –  425-821-1737 

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