Maryknoll Affiliate News

The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates

Friday, 26 May 2017 16:20

You might have heard from recent news stories that ISIS-connected local insurgents in the southern Philippines attached Catholic/Christian Churches in Mindanao.

Columban Missionary F. Paul Glynn wrote the following:

"I feel the profound heartbreak of knowing that St. Mary's Cathedral, Marawi has been burned by ISIS-inspired terrorists.  The Vicar General of Marawi, Fr. Chito Suganob and other Catholics were abducted during the last Novena Mass yesterday afternoon.  A picture of them, still alive, was posted on Facebook this morning by the captives.  Nearby Dansalan College United Church of Christ was also burned and Christian staff taken as captives.  We are praying that the abductors will not kill any of them."

As many of you know, Fred, former Affiliate Executive Coordinator, and his wife Jet (along with former Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Chris Vertucci) have been doing mission work in the area of Mindanao for many years.  We believe they are safe, in a part of Mindanao fairly distant from where these frightening events took place.  Please send your thought and prayers to Jet, Chris, Fred and the people of the Philippines.

 

Friday, 26 May 2017 15:24

Affiliates are invited along with others to join in Maryknoll's interactive Advanced Formation Seminar using the lens of global solidarity to explore the intersection of ecology, migration and global economic justice through the pastoral circle and Theory U.  It will take place over 5 day August 7 - 11th in Los Altos, CA. 

For more information or to register go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edzaljhq59fecb94&llr=4wmvzncab

 

Sunday, 21 May 2017 01:30

A key question scheduled for the recent conference call between Board and Regional Coordinator members was: "Where do you want the Maryknoll Affiliates to be in five years?"  Board Chair Dave Schaffner suggested that to that questions we attach a second one: "Where do you think we will be in 5 years?"  They are critical questions for all of us to consider. Hopefully many Affiliate Chapters will take up the question as well.

    
Agnes Walsh in Thailand

Agnes Walsh of the Long Island Chapter recently wrote to say that their Chapter will be addressing those two questions in their upcoming meeting on June 11th.  In her email, Agnes added, "When I read in 'Focusing-Spring 2017 '( A Publication of The Sisters of St. Joseph,Brentwood, New York, Dreaming a Grace Poem by Marlene Marburg,I though that this might be a way to spark a conversation about the above two questions. I wanted to share this idea with you as a possible way for other chapters to use for reflection and sharing."

This creative approach adds a new and expansive way of addressing those questions.  To see that Dreaming a Grace Poem that Agnes referenced, go to: http://brentwoodcsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Focusing-12.pdf

Thank you Agnes.

 

Events

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.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

 

Is your chapter participating in the 2015 Campaign Nonviolence? September 21 to 27, hundreds of groups across the country will be taking action to end war, poverty, and climate change. Some groups are connecting the environmental message of Pope Francis in Laudato Si with their Campaign Nonviolence event. See paceebene.org for a listing of events in your area. The next NSFA will report on actions by Affiliates - send your news to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

Save this date: September 30 – October 2, 2016

Hosts: New Orleans/Gulf South Affiliate Chapter 

Conference theme: Walking Each Other Home—Mission as Accompaniment 

Location: Archdiocesan Retreat Center

Contact: Matt Rousso This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information in 2016

 

 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

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: 

  • Bob Short, Executive Coordinator of Maryknoll Affiliates
  • Gloria Burton, CCS Director of Farmworker Initiative for Catholic Housing Services
  • Renate Schneider, Executive Director of Haitian Connection.

Breakout sessions: 

  • Fair Trade Coffee – Barb Luxenberg 
  • Skagit Valley Migrant Workers – José Ortiz
  • Micro Financing – Tom Mailhot
  • El Salvador – Joe Hastings
  • Earth Ministry – Jessie Dye
  • Human Trafficking – Anna Clarke 

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:

  •  

    Early-Bird  
    by June 30

    After
    June 30

    Double – per person $220.00 $250.00
    Single $250.00 $280.00
    Commuter (no lodging) $150.00 $180.00  

Questions? Please contact Al Drinkwine:

        Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

        Phone –  425-821-1737 

Register online now at 2015 Registration Form 
or
Print the
Registration Form and mail it with your check to:

        Al Drinkwine
        14004 119th Ave NE
        Kirkland, WA 98034

Monday, 15 February 2016 18:25
Robert Ellsberg, Editor

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.

Blessings,

Robert Ellsberg
Publisher 

Chapter News and Information

News from and about Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 01:10

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and share your activities  or ideas.

Mary

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:34

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

Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:15

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.”

Regional New and Information

News and Information from the Maryknoll Affiliate Regions

Sisters Centennial Reflections Archive

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!"