News from and about Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters
|Marisa showing the St. James students a photo of Mrs. Dunford.|
The meeting was an opportunity for reflection on the Northeast Affiliates Regional Conference on October 9 at Maryknoll, New York. The Philadelphia Affiliates hosted that meeting choosing comprehensive immigration reform as the theme, and asking the question, "What would Jesus do?
The students are busy buying Christmas presents for local kids who have cancer or have a sibling with cancer.
They are also busy making friendship bracelets and Christmas cards to send to kids in Tanzania and Cambodia. We were thrilled to get a large envelope filled with letters and drawings from the girls at Emusoi.
We are also going to teach an Advent/mission lesson to the second and third graders at St. James this week.
[Maryknoll Lay Missioner] Kathy Dunford (RBC 1961, MLM in Kenya) has written to us asking us to pray for and help a young Kenyan girl in serious need of surgery so Maria Safuna is our January project.
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Prayer is defined by Jesuit theologian, Fr Walter Burghardt as
‘A LONG, LOVING LOOK AT THE REAL’
On Thanksgiving day I sat at the bedside of a man who had just died. His wife of over fifty years was sitting across from me. She had just told her granddaughter about his death. The young girl wondered why she was still sitting there if he had died. The wife replied, “I just want to look at him some more”. Someday his grandchild will understand.
I doubt that the wife would have considered her “long, loving look “ a prayer….but I knew that it was. The reality of death was present as she recalled the more than fifty years together. It was all part of the sharing.
I have just returned from a trip to El Salvador. It was considered to be a pilgrimage, an immersion with the people. I had concentrated mostly on the pilgrimage part, the journey, the traveling with little baggage, trying to empty myself , so that I could be filled with whatever I would receive. I awaited the surprise of spiritual gifts.
On Thursday, November 26, Maryknoll Father Thomas Goeckler departed for his eternal life. On that day, Americans celebrate "Thanksgiving" for all the blessings that God gives. What better day for the departure of Father Thomas because he was really a blessing to many people. Following the example of Jesus he chose to live and work with at risk youth in the "Walk for Peace Program" in Paradise II, Zone 18, helping then in their studies, sharing bread, and accompanying them and listening to their concerns. Following the example of Jesus, he recognized and valued all people, visiting prisoners, people living in the ravines, people forgotten by society. He believed in women as agents of change. as builders of peace. Close friend of the Community of Colegio Monte María, he shared the Maryknoll spirit, the charism of service, love of neighbor. Thank you, Father Thomas, for your words, for your dedication, for your example. While your departure pains us, your life witness encourages us to be true followers and followers of Jesus.
Después de conocer ayer la noticia que el Padre Thomas estaba ya en la presencia amorosa de Dios, me pase todo el día recordando anécdotas de nuestra relación en Monte María con él. También pensé que qué lindo que se había ido al cielo en el Día de Acción de Gracias. Ya no tuvo el almuerzo con los demás padres en la zona 10, sino que asistió al Banquete del Reino donde pudo dar a gracias a Dios cara a cara y compartió con todos los seres queridos que lo antecedieron. Especialmente me lo imaginaba contándole a las sisters mártires del Salvador aquello que nos contaba siempre a nosotras: que su vocación de sacerdote de Maryknoll fue por ellas y su testimonio de entrega hasta las últimas consecuencias.
One of the presenters from CRS was Thomas Bamat, Ph.D. Senior Technical Advisor, Justice and Peacebuilding. Prior to coming to CRS, he said had been with Maryknoll for 20 years.
Maryknoll Affiliate Jackie Maggiore joined the meeting of the New York City Subway Chapter to talk with us about
|Jackie Maggiore presenting to the New York City Subway Chapter (sitting: Ginger Yorio)|
Carla Piette and her new book about Carla, Vessel of Clay. Jackie shared in a very personal way the life story of Carla, a friend of Jackie's since kindergarten. Jackie spoke of Carla's early life, what led her to Maryknoll and eventually to Chile and El Salvador, where she died in a flash flood.
It was wonderful to hear Jackie tell the story on this Mission Sunday. She wove in the interconnectedness of Carla's life with the story of Maryknoll and the history of Chile and El Salvador.
Northeast Maryknoll Affiliate Gathering: October 9, 2010, Maryknoll Society Center
|Pat Hayes, Paul Witte and Millie Hirschle at registration table|
The Northeast Regional Maryknoll Affiliate Gathering brought together sixty one people, both Maryknoll Affiliates and other members of the Maryknoll family, for a day of reflection, listening, learning and conversation around the theme of Seeking the Way to Comprehensive Immigration Reform: What Would Jesus Do? The gathering day was planned by the Philadelphia Area Maryknoll Affiliates. This theme was selected because it is timely and many undocumented immigrants are suffering in the shadows in our communities while the national debate is becoming more political and divisive. It also was meant to help answer the need by many to have a way to engage in a civil conversation with those who have differing opinions on the issue of immigration.
We cannot, unlike other countries, send rockets to the moon, but we can send rockets of love and hope to all our fellow men wherever they may.
Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere
Kitty and I are returning to Tanzania. We will be with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Agnes Convent in Chipole. There about 250 sisters living self-sufficiently at the convent. Some are teachers, some cook, some are butchers, some are nurses. One is a doctor, another a dentist. Some are in animal husbandry. All are working to love God in their world and through their work and prayer. Their charism is pray and work and that's what they do, changing from their dark blue work habits to snow white habits as they fill the chapel at prayer time.
Spurred on by the Maryknoll Affiliate members in the high school, all of the religion teachers explained the concept of "A Million Minutes for Peace' to all of their classes on Sept 23. At noon on Sept. 24, the entire student body of more than 1000 teenagers, plus all of faculty and support staff stopped their classes to pray silently for world peace, then joined our prayers with those of the campus minister over the school PA system as we prayed St. Francis' prayer, "Make Me an Instrument of Peace."
The students loved the idea of their prayers joining with those of many different faiths and languages as our prayers circulated the globe!