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Saturday, 08 September 2012 19:29

Albany Affiliates September meeting

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Albany Maryknoll Affiliates meeting of September 8, 2012

Present: Tom Hayes, Carol Ambuhl, Sr. Chris, Loretta Carney, Bill Hall, Bill and Chris Minnear, Jeanne Gracon, Cathy Svenson, Sharon Mitchell, Frank Hegener, Warren Bowhall, Joan Chesterfield, Joan Everitt, Mary Wichtowski, Santa Orlando, Mary Lou Lamb, Pat and Joanna Monachino, Diane Madrigal, Laetitia Rhatigan
Connie Centrello, Rich and Denise Lessard and Jane Hegener sent word they would not be able to attend.

The Opening Prayer was from Morwood's book, Praying the New Story: "Celebrating Family."

The first hour of the meeting was devoted to an animated discussion of Chapters 1 & 2 of Prophets in their Own Country. The book was well received by the chapter and Bill Minnear noted that Sandra Schneiders herself gave testimony to the premise of the book through the way she wrote the book.

Following lunch prepared by Sharon Mitchell and Jeanne Gracon, the chapter reconvened for the business meeting. Since the lunch was limited, due to a power failure, Sharon and Jeanne decided to provide lunch for the next meeting as well. It was decided to devote the first part of the next chapter meeting to discussing the rest of Schneiders' book. It was further decided to use Michael Crosby's Orbis book, Repair My House, Becoming a "Kindom" Catholic, for the next book study. Tom Hayes will order copies and make them available at the next meeting on October 13.

It was noted that Laetitia Rhatigan, Santa Orlando, Joan Everitt and Sr. Chris plan to attend the Maryknoll Symposium on September 28/29 at the Sister's Center at Maryknoll.

Joan Everitt reported on the Quilt Raffle fund raiser for the Beca Scholarships for the youth of Lemoa, Guatemala. Kathleen Doyle paid for the tickets for the raffle. Joan is donating the quilt. Joan Chesterfield constructed a triptych to use at the ticket sales. Joan Everitt will get the schedule of craft sales from Brenda Rosenbaum of Mayan Hands and Barbara DiTomasso of the Commission on Peace and Justice, and distribute it by email to all before the next meeting. At the next meeting, affiliates should be prepared to sign up for various sales and locations to sell the raffle tickets. Laetitia Rhatigan suggested two other sites for sales: the Diocesan Gathering at CBA on October 20 and the Maryknoll Sisters' Bazaar at Maryknoll. She will check to see whether sales would be permitted.

Tom Hayes gave a brief update on the plans for MAC2014. The search for a keynote speaker has begun. The planning committee will meet again on September 24 at St. Thomas at 7:00pm.

Sharon Mitchell reminded chapter members of the Northeast Maryknoll Affiliates Regional Gathering which is set for May 4, 2013. The event is being planned by the Subway Group. Tentatively the theme is called: "Where we are today: New Visions of God, New Visions of Mission, New Visions of the Affiliates." It will take place in the Founders' Room in the Society Building with registration beginning at 8:15am. The gathering will begin at 9am and end at 4pm.

Next meeting is set for October 13 at St. Mary's beginning at 11:00am.

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