News from and about Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters
Present: Kathee Bautista, John Hernandez, Lyn Ibanez, John Jerpe, Irma Pazmino, Richard Perez, Joe Santos, Peggy Santos, Kathryn Shannon M.M., Lucy Yu M.M. Deacon Leonel Yoque; from San Diego Chapter Jim DeHarpporte, Michelle Dunne, Erin Rickwa
Leonel began the day asking each of us to introduce ourselves. After a "Call to Prayer" and in that comfort zone of no strangers, he led us in two Maryknoll power- point presentations on MISSION, whose source is the Triune God, a God who IS love. The mission of Jesus, the Son of God sent by the Father was to show us how to love. As his disciples our mission can then be nothing less than being that same love for the world, its people and all that is in it, especially the marginated.
The question is, "Does the Mission have a Church or does the Church have a Mission?" Whatever happened historically, Gathering and Sending are both essential.
The following report comes from Cristina Quintanilla Ortiz of the El Salvador Chapter and Maryknoll Lay Missioner Lary Parr through their organization involved in assistance with the victims of the floods in El Salvador, FUDESCA (Foundation for Development and Solidarity Castulo Antonio).
The reason for the following is to let you know that, due to the rains this week, we are red alert in El Salvador because it has caused landslides, floods, destroyed houses and loss of crops losses. Because of the incessant rains information is changing over time, gradually we are coming to realize that the extent of the victims and disasters that this phenomenon has left throughout the country. Many people have become newly homeless, without clothes, without food and belongings. Many of these are in the shelters. This situation led to the President of the republic declare the country in a state of national emergency.
The Philadelphia Maryknoll Affiliates gathered in September and October to complete the Experimental Model Evaluation using Appreciative Inquiry.
At the September gathering, we reflected on a passage from Mt 25:1-2, about the wedding attendants. Using a book written by Miriam Therese Winter (published by Orbis) titled eucharist with a small "e", we were introduced to a new way to interpret this story, looking at it from the perspective of how two-thirds of the world would approach it from their experience. According to the author, an "alternative understanding of this story is based on a literal reading of the text, which in itself is ironic...From a justice orientation, the foolish are wise and the wise foolishly follow the ways of the world right up to the very end, eating and drinking and making merry while the poor are kept outside. If this were the heavenly banquet, Jesus would never have barred the door, for whoever returns to him, is always-always-welcome".
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers hosted a centennial celebration at Resurrection Parish in Winter Garden, Florida on September 25 and invited many of their supporters in the Southeast United States to attend. Deacon Larry Hart hosted the celebration, assisted by Becki Hernandez. Deacon Larry works for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and is also part of the Northeast Florida Affiliate Chapter. Deacon Larry and Becki received additional help from five other Northeast Florida Affiliates who attended the celebration.
The Spirit-filled Centennial Mass and reception last Sunday at the Cathedral is highlighted on the St James Parish website http://www.stjames-cathedral.org/Events/2011/album-maryknoll.htm. Such a joyous occasion honoring the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers!
On September 10, Fr. Paul Masson visited the Fr. Price Chapter in Wilmington. Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!
In 2009 an election for Regional Coordinator in the Midwest Region, brought Alice Murray and Liz Labron to the positions of Co-coordinators of the region. With Liz's studies and Alice's studies and plans to move from her present house, the co-coordinator plan didn't work well. Sometime ago Alice sent you a request for nominees for Midwest coordinator, so we could have a new election. One name was given, but the person declined the nomination; Alice was not successful in surfacing nominees by calling various people in the region. P. Thomas McGuire, however, was willing to share part-time coordination with another person, and Alice agreed to stay on in an arrangement which would modify and lighten the duties of Regional co-coordinator for her.
Members of the Fox Cities Chapter recently attended a meeting of ESTHER. The Fox Cities Chapter is in the center of the picture below, beginning with Fr. Carl Meulemans in the yellow shirt.
Liz Mach visits NEFL Affiliates, September 17, 2011
As part of the centennial celebration, Northeast Florida Maryknoll Affiliates enjoyed a special gift. Liz Mach came to town and recounted some of her adventures as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner—the longest serving lay missioner in active service. My expectations for the evening were of an ancient little old lady, who might tell us a little about the good old days. Obviously, I hadn’t paid sufficient attention to the pre-visit publicity. Ms. Mach is definitely not in the little-old-lady category and we heard nothing of the old days.
We thought you might be interested in what we are doing to celebrate 100 years of Maryknoll and their presence in Seattle. Roger and I were part of a feature on Maryknoll in our local diocesan newspaper recently and the articles may interest you about us and about Maryknoll in Seattle. If you follow this link there are a number of articles here.
As part of a series of Centennial Celebrations on the West Coast, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers invited Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Affiliates, benefactors and friends to a wonderful afternoon of hospitality and friendship. The celebration was held at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Maryknoll Japanese Catholic Community in Little Tokyo - Los Angeles, California on Sunday, September 18, 2011.
The New York City Subway Chapter came together for our first meeting of the year in Chinatown where we gathered for a wonderful lunch at the ABC Chinese Restaurant. It was a special gathering place as that was the last place where we were all together with Paul D'Arcy.
That was just the beginning of our time together. We then all walked over to Transfiguration Parish for a memorial mass celebrated by Maryknoll Father Ray Nobelletti MM. Transfiguration parish is just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center, so it was a significant place to be that day. Ray Nobelletti was a first reponder that day (see the article about that here). Father Ed Szendry MM helped concelebrate the mass.
You can see pictures of the day on our Facebook page.
Dear Family and Friends,
We send greetings from hot and humid Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, where we are enjoying retirement and the flexibility that comes with it. For the first time, we have lived here during the rainy season -June, July, August and September. Our garden (yard) is active with hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, iguanas and geckos. We are enjoying our harvest of papayas, limes and bananas but the pomegranate and orange trees have yet to produce. The ocean breezes keep us comfortable and the sound of the surf is very therapeutic.
Father Dennis Moorman, met with some of the Affiliates and some associates (inquiry) at Wrightsville Beach for a small mission talk about his journey, we had a blast with him. Everyone was so moved by his dedication, his commitment and certainly the diversity of his various ministries, it was an honor to host this gathering.