News from and about Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters
The weekend of August 20 and 21, 2011, at Saint Mary's, we received the visit of Father Kevin Hanlon MM. He helped Fr. Bob at all Saturday and Sunday Masses and he delivered the homilies in English and Spanish.
It was great!! We really enjoyed it. His message was very emotional and with a good sense of humor. I am sure that many people were touched with his kind but strong words about both his and the Maryknoll mission, his presence was a peaceful and loving reminder of what a missionary is.
On Saturday after the Mass in Spanish, the Maryknoll Affiliate Grupo Misionero Hispano de Santa Maria, cooked and served a light dinner in honor of Father Kevin and the parishioners were invited. We had a nice time with Fr. Kevin.
Last week, members of the San Diego affiliate group who were not on vacation welcomed Dick and Nancy Bureson here on a state visit from our sister republic of Texas. While we have sorely missed them, you can see plenty of joy at their return. They are much involved in Texas level mission and hopefully they can generate a new affiliate chapter in Austin one day.
The Philadelphia Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter signed onto this letter set forward by the Philadelphia New Sanctuary Movement. We consulted with the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns prior to doing so. This letter seeks to influence city officials in Philadelphia to refrain from renewing the city’s relationship with ICE through the Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS). This PARS agreement is similar to the “Secure Communities “program and both undermine the confidence and trust that immigrants have in the local police which in turn affects the safety of communities.
Sr. Virgeen Healey recently visited Wilmington, North Carolina and the Maryknoll Affiliates there.
Sr. Virgeen participated in making prayer boxes with HIV-positive Affiliates, reflecting upon their blessings and in learning forgiveness. Sr. Virgeen has a very out-going "grandmotherliness" about her, which made it easy to talk with her and fun to be with.
We enjoyed hosting Sr. Virgeen's visit with us and hope she'll return soon.
"Just what is it that you learn from your trips to Haiti?"
That was a most sincere question by someone I had just met on the airport shuttle from Orlando to Melbourne. He had so patiently listened to my sharing of an often overwhelming, intensely extreme, and extremely intense month that I had spent with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
I surprised myself with a rapid response of… "Oh, oh, how I hope that I learn humility". It has been days since my return and I wonder if I could have answered that differently. Just a few months ago I spent an entire week studying COMPASSION. It seemed a bit strange that I did not respond with words on that, and yet, and yet, perhaps I did.
Between Sunday, July 10, and Saturday, July 16, our program was visited by Mark Colville and Letty Cotto, our strong supporters from the Catholic Workers house in New Haven, Ct. They were accompanied by Ron Covey, Maryknoll Affiliate from Houston, Texas. It was a wonderful week in which much was accomplished. In this newsletter we will cover a few of the many activities and work projects completed. It was truly a very productive week for all of us.
For several days, Sr. Joan Cordis Westhues, M.M., was confined at the hospital just two weeks after I arrived in Bangladesh on January 28, 2011. Though she was still weak after few days from being discharged, Sr. Joan immediately went back to work as principal of BACHA (Bangladesh Alternative Course for Human Advancement) English Medium School. In just a short span of time teaching at BACHA, I was right away impressed of Sr. Joan’s dedication and hard-work in offering quality education among the Bengali children coming from low and middle income families. Considering that she is almost 90, Sr. Joan is incredibly always enthusiastic in her dealings with students, teachers and school staff, and the parents. Hearing the day-to-day happenings in school at meal time with the sisters, I would always be in awe on how she could deal with the nitty-gritty and serious problems at school taking into consideration her physical condition and age.
At the 2011 Maryknoll Affiliate Conference, three students from the Red Bank High School Chapter/Club spoke about their activities during the Open Space breakout sessions.
Today we have signed our Maryknoll covenants and committed our personal energies and prayer life to the mission of Jesus as envisioned by the Maryknoll community. We participated in our completion retreat and will be officially recognized as the Northeast Florida Maryknoll Affiliates.
The Pachamama farm, initiated through the efforts of Maryknoll Affiliate Mary Murphy, made the Westchester County Journal News. You can read the article "Maryknoll farm helps feed Westchester's hungry" here.
Note: This article may be available for a limited time only, after which you would have to pay to see the article.
The New Jersey Chapter had their annual welcome to summer potluck, with a few invited guests from Goshen, Westchester and New York City. Lenore was a gracious host, as always, and the New Jersey Chapter contributed wonderful food.
Maryknoll Affiliate Jackie Maggiore (Greater Milwaukee), author of "Vessel of Clay: The Inspirational Journey of Sister Carla", was interviewed on May 16, 2011 on the local PBS station, MPTV. In the interview, Jackie discusses her book and talks about the life of Maryknoll Sister Carol (Carla) Piette, MM.