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Saturday, 28 April 2012 14:17

The Vocation of Prophetic People

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Hope has two beautiful daughters;  
Their names are Anger and Courage
Anger at the way things are,
And Courage to see that they do nothave to remain as they are.

-St. Augustine

Jesus with Mary and MartaWe live in two worlds, one world is the world of following Jesus and the other world is the world of being a member of a nation. We would love for the two worlds to match up perfectly. Sometimes there is overlap and often times, not. In fact, many try to force the issue and make that happen by declaring that our nation is ordained by God to do God’s work and thus we are an exceptional nation in the world. The air seems filled today with truths and absolutes, lots of litmus tests for sure.

Friday, 27 April 2012 15:26

Affiliates Gather

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"Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am with them," (Matt. 18:20),

So as we travel we make a point to gather with Affiliates and know that Christ is with us. We gathered with Affiliates several times as we traveled this May to the Maryknoll on the Hill: A Centennial Event in Washington D.C.

Friday, 27 April 2012 11:56

Washington Sanctuary Movement

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I participated along with about 20 others in an immigration vigil at the Tacoma Detention Center after our Affiliates meeting on April 14. We stood as witnesses to the deeds (and misdeeds) of the staff at this "prison for profit" and showed our solidarity to the families and friends visiting their incarcerated loved ones by our hospitality and listening to their stories.

The vigils are held the second Saturday of each month at the ICE Northwest Detention Center, 1623 East J St, Tacoma from noon to 3 PM sponsored by the Washington Sanctuary Movement and a number of other organizations. Please go to their website for more information. A special Mothers Day vigil will be held Saturday May 12 and all are welcome.

Mesoamerica Regional Participants

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Here are some of my impressions of the Regional Meeting, later we will send the rapporteur of the event.

In attendance were participants from Oaxaca, Merida, El Salvador, USA, Guatemala: Monte María, Zone 18, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, and Junior Affiliates. There were approximately 34 people.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 01:56

The Fire Continues to Burn

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Three of us from the Albany Affiliate chapter had the pleasure of attending the Maryknoll Sisters Centennial Symposium: Hearts on Fire on April 20, 21. We were warmly welcomed as per usual by the Sisters who always greet us as though we were family.

Invocation Native Hawaiian Chant by Britina Kirway, MMInvocation Native Hawaiian Chant by Britina Kirway, MMThe Invocation Native Hawaiian Chant by Britina Kirway , MM, opened the Symposium. Immediately the diversity of the MK Sisters is evident; in the music and dance, in the symbols and in the faces. They celebrate diversity yet their words always focus on what is shared throughout all cultures not what is different.

Friday morning's speakers Joanne Jaruko Doi, MM and Antoinette Gutzler, MM spoke of the Collective Memory of all women, of all cultures, thru all times; who heard the voices of the heart and did what needed to be done. They spoke of the Courage and Radiance of the women who accepted the challenge, and moved forward tapping into the depth of God's love. They moved forward with the grace of a World Wide Heart that also included the Grace of Doubt that allowed them to question all, but continue to trust in God.

On April 15, Red Bank Catholic High School was among the honorees at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. They were one of five high schools to received the 2012 Charity & Social Service Honors Award. You can already see pictured on the Maryknoll Affiliate Youth Facebook page. Check back here for other news on the event.

Monday, 09 April 2012 20:54

Search For Peace website updated

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Cross in fused glass by Dave Campbell ha s finally been updated with all the art from the 2012 events, except for that from Adelante Mujeres, over 100 pieces! I invite you to explore the website. Please let us know if you discover any problems in it.

Since the exhibit, we have shown some of the actual art from the exhibit to folks in California and Arizona, and plan to show it in Washington DC and Las Vegas later in the year.

An article about the Search For Peace exhibit was in a paper in the Portland area:

Please let us know your ideas for inspiring and educating about Peace and Nonviolence.



Thursday, 05 April 2012 16:09

Haiti Trip, February 2012

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On Valentine's Day with my brother, Eric, and I left New York for Haiti. We had to spend the night in the Fort Lauderdale airport. The next morning, we boarded the plane for Port-au-Prince where we were met at the airport by the faithful driver of the hostel, Matthew 25, where we were staying. On landing in Port-au-Prince I noticed that the tent cities around the airport have diminished in numbers since I had seen them a year before. However, the roads have not improved nor have the crowds diminished.

Although small in number, we remain active. In Feb., we hosted John Dear at Dominican University with an audience of 60. In exploring ways to raise the consciousness of local folks with regard to social justice issues, it occurred to us to try to meet people where they are. We worked together to sponsor a 3-part series of talks on Catholic Social Teaching, entitled, "The Church's Best Kept Secret: Catholic Social Teaching," which Matt Dulka will conduct at a parish in Marin County where we meet, open to people in the churches in Marin, as well as the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Rich Younkin, one of the founding members of our Chapter, will be ordained a Deacon on June 24th. Leslee Coady recently visited the Philippines and saw first-hand the effects of poverty and corruption as well as the resilience of the people who live under such hardship. Bob and Nancy recently gave another presentation of their experiences in Palestine to a newly forming Affiliate chapter in Concord where they also heard the stories of Srs. Nancy and Ruth who had spent years in war-torn Sudan. While we are active, our monthly meetings are centered in prayer and reflection, led by Rich Younkin. It has continued to be the very "highlight" of our gatherings, and not incidental to them. It is what sustains us as we try to live out Gospel values in ALL that we do. Marie Wren and Nancy and Bob McFarland will attend the Maryknoll on the Hill event in May.

Northeast Florida Affiliates visited with Kitty Madden(click on pictures to enlarge them)

Missioner Kitty Madden left Matagalpa, Nicaragua to visit in the United States in March, starting her visit in Florida. Seven of us from the Northeast Florida Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter drove to Keystone, Florida to meet with Kitty and her friend and supporter, Carol Meyer.

Kitty is a volunteer and major fundraiser for Casa Materna in Matagalpa, where she lives. Kitty helped establish Casa Materna about 20 years ago. Kitty's good friend Mary Ann Jackman, was in a serious car accident while pregnant and soon after delivered her baby, unfortunately too prematurely. Both Mary Ann and her baby died. Casa Materna was named in her honor. The Casa provides pre-natal and post-natal care and education for mothers from rural areas with high risk pregnancies.

At one time, Kitty was a Maryknoll Lay Missioner ministering at Casa Materna. When Maryknoll decided to focus their efforts on nearby El Salvador, Kitty decided to stay in Nicaragua and continue working with the Casa. Maryknoll Sisters helped train their staff and helped Casa Materna during a time of crisis in the mid 90's.

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