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Book Presentation Spreads Mother Mary Joseph's Spirit

Sister Claudette LaVerdiere MM signing books sitting with Rich LessardSister Claudette LaVerdiere MM signing books sitting with Rich LessardOn November 17.18, and 19, the Albany Chapter had the honor of hosting a presentation/ book signing by Sr. Claudette LaVerdiere for her book "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.

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 17:09

LA Chapter helps with food packages

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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.

Tuesday, 06 December 2011 15:32

New and ongoing projects at Red Bank

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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.

Thursday, 01 December 2011 22:55

Washington, D.C. Chapter Update

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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.

Thursday, 01 December 2011 22:53

Northeast Florida Chapter Update

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  • Mary and John Moritz led Maryknoll Movie nights in September ("It's Kind of a Funny Story" – theme of teen depression) and October ("Temple Grandin" – theme of autism); Movie Nights have been discontinued until both a better venue and a better night are found
  • Mary and John Moritz reached out through the Centennial Celebrations hosted by Deacon Larry Hart to try to determine if there was interest in a new Affiliate Chapter in other areas of Florida, but did not find sufficient interest to proceed
  • At the October meeting, new member Mary Williams shared on her mission trip to Honduras in February, 2011
  • In November, the Chapter participated in the Appreciative Inquiry process regarding the structure of the Maryknoll Affiliates.
Thursday, 01 December 2011 22:48

Father Price Chapter Update

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The Father Price Chapter recently hosted the following activities:

  • Latino testing and awareness day/AIDS – 341 people came
  • Men’s Group Thanksgiving
  • Women’s Group Thanksgiving
  • Teen Movie Night – 15 teens came together to watch and discuss “Footloose”
  • World Aids Day (12/1) – candlelight vigil on November 30 and service on the evening of December 1
Sunday, 27 November 2011 13:02

Letter received from Sr. Mary Little, Cambodia

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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

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