One of the Quick Links (blue box) sections on the home page of the website <maryknollaffiliates.org> is entitled "Developing Global Consciousness". Most of the content for this section over the last year or so has come to us thanks to Sr. Theresa Baldini of the Maryknoll Sister Contemplative Community. As the section implies, these readings are substantive and reflective. If you open this section now, you'll see Sr. Helene O'Sullivan MM's précis for Chapters 4 & 5 of Diarmuid O'Murchu's insightful new book, Religious Life in the 21st Century - The Prospect for Refounding. For those of you who have read any of O"Murchu's books, you'll know that, while his focus is religious life, so much in the book extends beyond religious life and has application for all of us. To check out this section, go to: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/developing-global-consciousness.html
Below is an excerpt from the 1st paragraph of this section.
Chapter 4. Parable and Paradigm in the History of Religious Life
We now move into the story of Religious Life as we have known it for almost two thousand years. Most history books tend to prioritize those who advanced the church’s progress and defended it against heresy and attack, namely, outstanding patriarchal males. Women in general and vowed women specifically were not meant to be visible in the church’s agenda of power and control and therefore for most of Christian history (down to the 19th century) women were officially “silenced” by monastic enclosure. The historical texts rarely, if ever, acknowledge that throughout Christendom women Religious made significant, even major, contributions. This grave injustice needs to be addressed and rectified.
Registrations have now reached full capacity for the venue - Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado. In many ways this is good news. However, unfortunately it also means that if you were thinking of attending but haven't yet registered, that window has closed.
There is a waiting list (3 so far) in the event that someone previously registered is no longer able to attend and withdraws.
An MAC update and a reflective passage:
In this section you will find information related to past and upcoming Conferences. These are primarily conferences of the Maryknoll Affiliates, past and upcoming. You may also find information on some other conferences relevant to the Maryknoll Affiliates.
Hosts: New Orleans/Gulf South Affiliate Chapter
Conference theme: Walking Each Other Home—Mission as Accompaniment
Location: Archdiocesan Retreat Center
Love in Action – Mission on the Margins
The Seattle Chapter was formed about 20 years ago. Within the past two years, some Affiliate members of the Seattle Chapter have done short-term overseas experiences in Mexico, Thailand, Tanzania, and El Salvador. Because Affiliates are becoming such active and vital links in the Maryknoll movement, the Seattle Affiliate Chapter is sponsoring a Western Regional Conference to discuss the importance of Mission and the role of lay people in Mission.
General session speakers:
Conference dates: August 7-9, 2015
Conference location: Seattle University’s LeRoux Conference Center. Housing in Bellarmine Hall.
Conference fees—3 days, including meals & lodging:
|Double – per person||$220.00||$250.00|
|Commuter (no lodging)||$150.00||$180.00|
Questions? Please contact Al Drinkwine:
Phone – 425-821-1737
A MONTHLY LETTER FROM ORBIS BOOKS PUBLISHER, ROBERT ELLSBERG
Robert Ellsberg In declaring this year a Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis calls on us to open our hearts to God’s merciful love, while at the same time opening our hearts to a wounded world and the needs of our neighbors. To begin, we may look with fresh eyes and hearts to the examples of Mary and to Jesus through one of the most compelling parables in Scripture.
Mother of God, Similar to Fire features the striking modern icons of William Hart McNichols along with hauntingly beautiful prayer-reflections by author and retreat leader Mirabai Starr. Together, they depict the many facets of the Blessed Mother, herself an icon of divine compassion. Now in paperback, this book is a companion for prayer and reflection throughout the year.
In Jesus and the Prodigal Son: The God of Radical Mercy Dominican Brian J. Pierce offers a startlingly fresh perspective on the most beloved parable. While most interpretations focus on the father’s forgiveness as an image of divine mercy, Pierce looks instead at the Prodigal Son as a symbolic figure for Jesus—the emissary of God’s love, who entered into the sin and suffering of the world to redeem it from within.
In the coming months Orbis will be publishing an important new book on the theme of Mercy, as well as more of Pope Francis’s words. In the meantime, you can explore the many ways of mercy through some of our previous titles:
· One of the last books by the late Father Joe Girzone, best-known for the Joshua series, The Wisdom of His Compassion shows how we might model our own discipleship on Christ’s way of love and mercy.
· In Radical Forgiveness, Antoinette Bosco, whose son and daughter-in-law were murdered, reflects on the lessons from her personal story to show how forgiveness is the freeing essence of the Gospel.
· Women of Mercy by Kathy Coffey with art by Mickey McGrath focuses on 16 faith-filled women whose lives are models of mercy, including Therese of Lisieux, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Thea Bowman, Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa.
· From El Salvador, Jesuit Jon Sobrino offers profound reflections in The Principle of Mercy: Taking the Crucified People from the Cross. “The Crucified People” refers to the innocent victims of oppression and violence who do not simply inspire our contemplation of the mystery of suffering; mercy also implies effective solidarity with those who suffer on the margins.
· Fritz Eichenberg: Works of Mercy features the artwork of the famous Catholic Worker artist accompanied by reflections from Dorothy Day and others on the theme of compassion, mercy and service.
May the spirit of Mercy guide us this Lenten season and throughout the Jubilee year.
News from and about Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters
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Jean and I spent ten weeks in Asia earlier this year. Initially we were in Japan for a week and then went on to Bangkok, Thailand for six weeks where we taught English to Buddhist monks in a program sponsored by Maryknoll. During our last three weeks we toured China. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience worlds very different from our own in the US. Below is a slide show we hope you enjoy
The Western Regional Conference was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, over Labor Day Weekend. Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss wrote:
Affiliates from 13 chapters gathered in arid Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Western Region Maryknoll Affiliate Conference to contemplate Water as Sanctifier and Quencher. Inside a sumptuous casino/resort we drank from metal water bottles bearing the Affiliate logo, while outdoor temperatures over the Labor Day Weekend soared to nearly 100 degrees. Indoors we heard the biblical treatment of water and of current water issues around the world. Sr. Rose Marie Cecchini M.M. told of the poisoning of aquifers by uranium mining on the Native People's lands near Gallup NM where she now works. A video,”Water For All” and our prayer and discussions motivated us to be better informed and to affirm the resolution that “Every Friday Maryknoll Affiliates will make special efforts to be aware of and to conserve water to be in solidarity with those suffering a lack of water.”
News and Information from the Maryknoll Affiliate Regions
Beginning January 6, 2010, the Feast of the Maryknoll Sister's 99th Anniversary of Foundation, the Maryknoll Sisters will share twenty-four reflections. These reflections will come out in the early days of each month of 2011 and 2012, as they look forward to, and then realize the various celebrations of the Maryknoll Sisters Centennial!
These writings can be used individually or in a group, on reflection days or at any other time. The Sisters write, "May they serve to bring all of us to a greater depth of understanding and love of the wonderful legacy that is ours!"