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Monday, 21 March 2011 18:35

Seattle Celebrating the Society Centennial

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The Seattle Maryknoll Affiliates will be joining the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in celebrating their centennial in the Seattle area.

Two key dates are: Centennial Mass is scheduled for Sunday, September 25 at Noon. It will be held at St. James Cathedral and followed by a reception. The other date is October 2. We will have a Mission symposium hosted by the Department of Theology and Ministry of Seattle University. The speaker will be Fr. Roger Schoeder, SVD, of CTU. He will make a presentation on 'Mission in the Global Context.'

We have an active Planning Committee. Among the members is Janet Quillian, an Affiliate and former Maryknoll Lay Missioner. We are a work in progress. Definitely the Affiliates here will be involved. The details of their involvement are still being developed. Among other things they will be involved with preparing for the reception, including putting up a booth on the Affiliates.

For people may want to connect with us regarding coming events, see my contact information below. We have developed a Northwest Maryknoll e-mail Newsletter. Those interested can be placed on the mailing list.  

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Rev. Thomas J. Marti, MM
Maryknoll Mission House
958 16th Ave. E.
Seattle WA 98112
(206) 322-8831
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Saturday, 19 March 2011 05:00

Religious Education Congress

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About 11 of us from the Greater LA Chapter attended a reception held by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers last night at the LA Religious Education Congress in Anaheim. The Hospitality Suite was full of Affiliates and friends from the Northwest, California and other parts of the world celebrating the 100 years of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Texas Mission Conference
February 25 – 27, 2011

Sunday Morning Address
by: Matt Rousso

Introduction: Good morning! In the agenda, this morning's session is scheduled as "On-Going Formation and Mission Activity/Reflection." I had planned on doing a sort of "show and tell" – telling you about some of the things I've done re: on-going formation for participants of short term mission immersion programs and giving you a number of handouts that you might find helpful. However, I had a very restless night and very early this morning I decided that I needed to rewrite my talk for this session. Rather than an informative session, I'd like to have a sincere and open "heart to heart" sharing with you as directors of short term mission programs. I think that the vast majority of us here this morning are directors of programs. Others of you have been on more than one short term mission program so what I have to say is addressed to you also . . . I also need to forewarn you that what I have to say may be controversial. A participant told me yesterday that he found very challenging something I had said in one of the small group discussions. You also may find challenging some things I say today; and I confess, I myself will be challenged by some of what I have to say.

You know just recently I received notice that I have been working with Maryknoll for twenty years. And this morning I am realizing that I have been participating in the Texas Mission Conference for twenty years. In fact, only two other people who participated in this year's Conference have been here more than me – Larry Boudreau, who is here this morning and Sr. Patricia Ridgley, who was here yesterday. During these twenty years I have directed forty something short term mission trips to Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, and El Salvador. And during these twenty years I have come to know some of you and have profited greatly from your experiences in mission – people like Awanda Whitworth, Fr. Ralph Davila, Fr. Bill Donnelly, Colleen and Felicia and Ken Eppes and Fr. Gerry Kelly, and many others. I wonder how many trips we have directed cumulatively. All total, I wonder how many people have we taken into mission – young people and adults?

I think we can proudly say that we have become really good at leading Mission Trips! We know how to recruit, who to contact in the host countries, what activities to provide for participants. We've written books and essays and directions. People even talk well about us! In fact, they talk so well about us that it should cause us to say, as Dom Helder Camara once said, "I pray that I can become the person people think I am."

Day of Action to Highlight Issue of Immigration Detention

(Note: Maryknoll Affiliates of New Jersey, Philadelphia and Red Bank are co-sponsors)

JERSEY CITY, NJ—Over 100 People of faith and immigrant rights advocates from over 30 different organizations across the state of New Jersey and New York are expected to gather at Liberty State Park in front of the foot bridge to Ellis Island on the Christian feast day of Ash Wednesday, March 9th at 9:30 A.M. for a press conference and interfaith prayer service before walking 12 miles to the Elizabeth Detention Center to draw attention to the suffering that is inflicted on immigrants their families, and the communities in which they live by the U.S.'s current immigration and detention policies.

Friday, 25 February 2011 12:46

Greetings from Dhaka!

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This is my 4th week in Dhaka. I finally got my visa on Jan. 28th at 5pm, just 3 hours before my departure time at 8pm on the same day. I am handling history, geography, classical reading, and reading comprehension for 8th grade and an elective course on biblical knowledge for 9th grade. I substitute classes with teachers who are absent. I will also be helping the sisters in training the teachers.

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Friday, 25 February 2011 01:40

Reflections on My Volunteeering in Oaxaca Mexico

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My two-week volunteering trip this month centered on the Oaxaca Ecology Project ranch in the hills above the city of Oaxaca that former Maryknoll Lay Missioners Pat and Mary Denevan started a few years ago.  The city of Oaxaca lies in the central mountain range of the country about 300 miles south of Mexico City.

Sister Aurora de la Cruz MM met with the Hawaii Chapter on January 18, 2011. Roseyn Devlin led the prayer using Janice McLaughlin's book. Aurora then shared about he mission experiences.  At the end of her talk, she distributed the Maryknoll Sisters Centennial bookmark and gave the group a copy of the book on Carol Piette "Vessel of Clay".

The pictures below are from the meeting.

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Monday, 14 February 2011 15:56

What the Philadelphia Chapter has been doing

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The Philadelphia Area Maryknoll Affiliates gathered in January at St. Malachy’s Rectory. We gathered with a prayer provided and lead by Mary Massaro and then we spent some time remembering Anne Weir who made her journey to God shortly after Christmas. Tom and Anne Weir were part of our group from the beginning and we all had many stories to recall their time with us.

Thursday, 03 February 2011 02:41

In Disguise

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Our Chapter usually meets monthly for dinner and fellowship.  In October we were short several affiliates due to illness, so we dressed for the upcoming holiday and sent them our love via e-mail

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Thursday, 03 February 2011 02:28

Passion for Persistence

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Educating Youth in the Fight Against Injustice and Violence

As several of the affiliates in our group are also involved in youth ministry within our local diocese, we were thrilled to see the SOA highlighted in the teen group literature to be used for one of our fall weekend sessions.   We were able to take this opportunity to present the film Convictions: Prisoners of Conscience, depicting the peaceful demonstrations that have taken place at Fort Benning over the last 20 years  to close the School of the Americas. 

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