News from and about Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters
Book Presentation Spreads Mother Mary Joseph's Spirit
On The Threshold of The Future: The Life and Spirituality of Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, Founder of the Maryknoll Sisters." Our Chapter decided to read the book as a group to deepen our connection to Maryknoll and its beginnings. Many of our members had met Sr. Claudette in the past, and were taken by her enthusiasm and presence. Sr. Ellen McDonald accompanied Sr. Claudette for the weekend. Sr. Ellen is the co-founder of the Maryknoll Affiliates along with Fr. Jim Madden.On November 17.18, and 19, the Albany Chapter had the honor of hosting a presentation/ book signing by Sr. Claudette LaVerdiere for her book "
The Los Angeles Chapter volunteered at the Los Angeles Holy Name Cathedral to prepare food packages and do gift wrapping for distribution to families during the Season.
We have a wonderful new idea for a project. I spoke with Mary Oldham, Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Mombasa, yesterday, and we are going to have my students write short stories and book reports about their favorite books. We will email these to Mary who is working to develop two small libraries for her work with AIDS orphans. We are trying to ignite correspondence and interest in reading and writing among both groups of students. We are sending Mary a donation to buy books for her libraries.
We also recently sent a donation to Sr Helene O'Sullivan in Cambodia to buy a computer for her shelter for women who had been victims of sex trafficking.
And we are finalizing our lesson plans to teach our 2 and 3 graders about Advent.
The pen pals in Kenya (Cindy Korb) is an idea that is great and is working out very well.
I have submitted a recent letter from Sr Mary Little, Cambodia, thanking for our donation to her program for preschool kids.
In April, the Chapter had a representative from Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement speak to us about volunteer opportunities. Five of our affiliates are currently volunteering in this way but we are not making it a chapter "project" due to the geographic diversity of our affiliates.
The Chapter sponsored Maryknoll Movie Night on May 16. At the May meeting, we discussed the Maryknoll covenant which was to be part of our retreat (see below), and the keynote address recently given by Sr. Janice McLaughlin. Fed the hungry at a Seniors soup kitchen on May 21. Welcomed a new member.
In June, we held our end of formation retreat. Fr. John Gillespie was guest speaker. Seven affiliates participated and nine guests. Two of the guest expressed interest in the Chapter. Mary and John Moritz and Marie Parmly attended the MAC.
Maryknoll Affiliates from the Chpater helped at a Maryknoll Church date the first weekend of July.
In April, Maryknoll Father Jim Noonan MM, who works with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, traveled to Afghanistan with a group called Voices for Creative Non-Violence and talked about his experience in meeting with "youth peacemakers" in Afghanistan, sharing their perspectives on how they keep the hope for peace alive in their country.
In May, Maryknoll Father Jack Sullivan MM shared with us the document entitled "The Unity Tree," a reflection on Maryknoll's history as a growing, vibrant movement that has experienced tremendous change and evolution since its founding in 1911. The group talked about how the Affiliates can contribute to Maryknoll as we move into the future.
In July, Jack Sullivan and Jim Noonan, who attended MAC from the DC chapter, shared their experiences from the Conference for the July meeting.
The Chapter continues to focus on areas of global concerns. The Chapter will meet on Saturday, December 3rd, to determine a project that might be of support to the Office of Global Concerns.
The Father Price Chapter recently hosted the following activities:
Dear Ms Logan and students,
I would like to thank you for your contribution to the work we do here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. At present we are working in collaboration with the Church of the Child Jesus in Boeung Tum Pun. While the project has many facets helping the poor access educational and medical opportunities here, I would like to focus on the new center that we opened in October. The new center is really just a large room on the second floor of a house. Downstairs the owners have a shop where they sell food.
All of the responses received from our Midwest Affiliate Chapters agreed that Tom McGuire be a co-coordinator of our Region. Thank you to all the chapters which responded. Since the requested deadline of September 30 is quite passed, and no further responses have come in, we are declaring that the Midwest Region will be co-coordinated by Alice Murray and Tom McGuire.
Tom and Alice will divide up the responsibilities, and communicate with each other on all of these responsibilities. Chapters feel free to contact us re: any topics.
Both Tom and Alice want the Midwest Region to be your region. We will always be available to listen, support, and do what we can to bring about what you want to happen.
Blessings on us and all.
Tom McGuire and Alice Murray
As we all know, October is mission awareness month and the affiliate students at Red Bank Catholic decided to do their best to attempt to 'make God's love visible."
We began the month by writing to our pen pals in Guatemala and Kenya. We decorated our letters with drawings, art work and newsy information about our lives as high school students as well as our home lives. We were so thrilled to receive large envelopes from Kenya which included reply letters from Mrs. Cindy Korb's (MK lay missioner) English students at St. Moncia's school in Kitale. Cindy was kind enough to send along photos of her girls gathering around their desks as they read our letters.
Please note: the video is temporarily unavailable while it is being revised. Please check back for the new version.
Our diocese and in fact the church in the US is sponsoring a video contest for Catholic schools to display how they embody the corporal works of mercy. Of course our Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter decided to take on the challenge. We collected photos from various clubs and organizations, then the Maryknoll students wrote the script, our choir sang, a computer teacher helped them… and this is the result.
An attempt to summarize the Maryknoll centennial symposium, Church in Mission: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
October 6 – 8, 2011
Catholic Theological Union
The 2-day centennial symposium on "The Church in Mission: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" explored the development/revelation of the gift of mission in Maryknoll's history. It's secondary but no less important purpose, according to the Symposium brochure, was the discovery of the gift of mission in one's own life journey.
The Symposium was held from Thursday to Saturday, October 6 – 8, 2011 at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Attended by about 200 people, Sisters, priests, brothers, lay missioners, Maryknollers and others, including faculty and students of the Catholic Theological Union, which hosted the gathering.
This report necessarily covers only the plenary sessions; much more information and discussion took place in the break-out sessions. Here are only a few threads of the many riches provided in the presentations.