News from and about Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters
The following is from Kimberly Bautista, the daugther of Maryknoll Affiliate Kathee Bautista:
I returned from Guatemala to Los Angeles a little over a week ago feeling overwhelmingly satisfied with our dating/domestic violence prevention campaign throughout 60 communities: we reached over 2300 audience members in Guatemala!Justice for my Sister resonated with all different types of audiences, from UN representatives to youth, to indigenous communities and religious women, to feminists, and foreigners. The protagonist Rebeca attended several screenings and it was very emotional for audiences to meet her. "We must all be Rebecas!" one audience member in Escuintla passionately shouted after a screening. The film is inspiring audience members of all walks of life to break the culture of victim-blaming and impunity.
We are posting our retreat schedule on our web page for anyone who might want to do something along these lines.
Manny and Lyn drove their mini van filled with clothing, John Hernandez and Sr. Lucy. Tim and John began walking from the Gold Line station, the others following in the van, stopping as we always do, at Union Station to visit the restrooms, then continuing on to the skid row district. The Sierra Club hike leaders admonished us not to drown the first people we come upon with goods, there are plenty of others further on. Sr. Lucy and Lyn both eventually got out and handed out items, Manny driving behind and resupplying us as we ran out of items. Later, we passed out our items to the other walkers who were now empty handed and eager to help disperse the goods. Because of the one-way streets in the skid row area, we had to go around the block to re-position ourselves with the fast moving volunteers walking down the streets. We lost track of them eventually with items still in the back of the van, mostly children and women's clothing, so we decided the leftovers would be donated to one of the missions, and headed back towards home. Our annual Skid Row walk always ranks as one the highlights of our year.
For the last several years, Bob and I have attended a session on theme of Christmas and the politics in the Christmas story. We come to escape the more prominent Christmas messages in our culture to try to go back in time and reread the scriptures of Luke and Matthew through the lens of that time. So on the link below, I share with you some of what is discussed in our gathering. The gathering is always lively, mainly attended by young people living in small faith communities in Philadelphia and serving as urban missionaries. The politics of Christmas is as relevant now as it was over 2000 years ago.
The New York City Subway Chapter had their annual Christmas Party on December 16. Once again, Margaret Meehan proved to be the quitessential host, with a wonderful meal and a warm home. We are so grateful to her and to Tim Monaghan, our ever-present cook, and Margaret's right-hand man at these parties.
The Red Bank Catholic/Maryknoll Affiliate club's video entry into the diocesan/national contest "The Corporal Works of Mercy" has been selected as the winner among all schools' (both elementary and high) entries for the Diocese of Trenton
Our video has now been sent on to the Basilica in Washington DC for entry into the national contest sponsored by the Catholic Bishops.
Once again, students from the Red Bank Maryknoll Affiliates Club went to St. James Grade School in Red Bank to teach 2nd Graders.
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The focus of our group as determined at last month gathering will be Prayer, Immigration, and partnering with Maryknollers in Bolivia. Our next gathering will determine how we want to address the issue of immigration in terms of Action, Advocacy, and Education. We are please with the new interest shown by new young prospective members.
We are also connecting with a local High School which has a Mission Club and has shown interest in partnering with the Maryknollers in Bolivia.
The Phoenix Chapter began the year in January with a Retreat Day in which we discussed the "Four Pillars" and the "Stages of Prophetic Mystical Communities" that Fr. Jack Sullivan, M.M. gave to us last year. We had a convenant signing ceremony for two new members and concluded with the Eucharist with Fr. Scott Harris, M.M. Our monthly meetings are varied, we generally reflect on topics in the "Not So Far Afield" Newsletter, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns Newsletter, and Maryknoll Magazine. Karen Delio from Boston Affiliates shared with us her young adult experience of being an affiliate as well as her studies at Thunderbird School of Global Management. We spent two meetings on Hydrofracking, viewing the documentary "Gasland" and discussing appropriate responses to it. Bishop Remi De Roo, retired Bishop of Victoria, Canada visited us and spoke on keeping the vision of Vatican II alive in our various ministries. Bishop De Roo was the youngest Canadian bishop to attend the Second Vatican Council. Members shared their experiences in attending the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference, "Proclaim Jubilee: Companions on the Journey." We reviewed the "Appreciative Inquiry Process: Promoting Engagement & Growth in our Affiliate Movement. We were not able to cover much at our monthly meetings and decided to spend an extended time on it at our January 2012 Retreat Day.
San Diego Affiliates have been meeting monthly for prayer and reflection. We were happy to welcome a new married couple to the group in November, Sean Parland and Beth Jean. Our December meeting at the home of Charlie & Marta Reilly will be a prayer and discussion followed by a Christmas lunch celebration. Jim DeHarpporte has stepped up to be our new chapter coordinator. Merry Christmas to all!