Maryknoll Affiliate Mission
An opportunity to spend a week with fellow-Maryknoll Affiliates in prayer, reflection, comaraderie, and service to the poorest of the poor. A week in Mission!
Sponsored By – Houston Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter
Spiritual Director – Father Gerry Kelly, MM
When – Sunday, November 11, to Saturday, November 17
Where – Brazoria County, Texas (just South of Houston)
Outreach – To assist in the repair of homes in Holiday Lakes, a rural, immigrant community badly damaged by the flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey.
Work – No special skills required. Work is likely to be installing drywall, painting and clean-up.
Where Are We Staying? – Cameron House, a modern facility owned by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the former home of the Basilian Fathers in Brazoria County - located in a rural area six miles from Holiday Lakes.
Cost of Staying at the Cameron House - $0
Cost of Meals - $25.00/day - includes 3 meals (including drinks) and snacks
Airfare (if you are flying to Houston) – Participants will arrange and pay for their own air travel to Houston.
Ground Transportation (if you are flying to Houston) – Will be organized once we know your flight arrangements. If we need to rent a van, that cost will be shared.
Tools – Will be provided (unless you are driving, then bring them if you have them)
What to Bring – Clothes (including work clothes), toiletries and towels
Weather – average high in November is 74 and average low 52
Capacity – 24 missioners – The Cameron House has six suites; each suite has two rooms, a full bath, and four single beds
THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND SOLIDARITY
The response of the Maryknoll family to the Volcano of Fire (Volcán de Fuego) that erupted on June 3rd in Guatemala was a wonderful expression of solidarity.
In response, the Guatemala Chapter formed the Volcano of Fire Committee composed of Sister Dee Smith, MM and Affiliates Cecilia Garcés, Rosa María de León, Ana Garcés and Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios. This committee, with the support of the Chapter, analyzed the situation of the victims; the needs already met; the organizations involved, and the government response. The immediate needs were covered but the conditions for settling again and moving forward have not yet been resolved. There is still a long way to go, requiring time, government decisions and financial support. The committee agreed, after giving assistance to the purchase of medicines and medical material, to work with the Firefighters and focus on addressing future situations that have a more lasting effect. In the week of July 15, a donation of 25% of the donations received was given to four areas below.
Based on their access to help and benefits, the COCODES locate and maintain communications with the inhabitants of Los Lotes, Alotenango,
In the month of August, the committee will evaluate the management of the funds delivered and will make the rest of the money available to the projects that are considered reliable and capable of dispersing the funds.
FIRE VOLCANO COMMITTEE
Mission Nonviolence – RSVP
Maryknoll Affiliates Mini-Regional Conference
Portland, Oregon Sept. 21-23, 2018
Moving our Broader Community to Nonviolence and Peace
We explore Active Nonviolent approaches for addressing the challenges before us.
Bring information about your causes.
Please provide your information below and mark each event you will attend.
Date__________ Email_________________________________ Affiliate Chapter _______________
Name_________________________________________ Phone _____________________________
Suggested free will donation: $10 to Spirit of Grace. Donations are appreciated and help cover our costs
____ Friday, Sept. 21, 6 PM – Maryknoll Affiliate social and casual dinner at the Hotchkiss home.
Location: 35 NW 107th Ave., Portland OR 97229. Food and beverages are provided.
FOCUS: Share your ideas about Maryknoll Spirituality and Community.
____ Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 AM-4 PM – Active Nonviolence Workshop – Open to the public.
Rivera Sun, Active Nonviolence trainer will provide strategies for addressing change.
Location: Spirit of Grace, Mission of the Atonement Lunch is provided.
7400 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Beaverton OR 97008 MAP link
5:30 PM Catholic Mass at Spirit of Grace.
____ Sat. Sept. 22, 7:00 PM: Affiliate Open Mic – enjoy pizza and share stories, songs, skits, etc.
____ Sunday, Sept. 23, 12:30 PM – Maryknoll Affiliate gathering and catered lunch.
Location to be announced at the workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22.
FOCUS: Share your ideas and plans for Global Vision and Action.
To honor the practice of Active Nonviolence and Care for Creation, all provided meals are meatless.
____ I have a special diet and I will bring my own food. (Refrigerator and microwave are available.)
The conference does not provide housing. A few motels close to the meeting location:
Staying with friends in the Portland area? Invite them to RSVP and join us!
____ I need local transportation. My cell phone: __________________________
____ I can provide local transportation. My cell phone: _______________________
(We may share phone numbers between those who need/can provide transportation.)
I am happy to help with: (Please mark all that apply.)
Friday: Greeter ____ Set-up ____ Clean-up ____
Saturday Workshop: Greeter/Door person____ Song leader____ Set-up/Clean-up____
Saturday Mass: Lector____ Eucharistic Minister____ Music leader/Music selection ____
Saturday Open Mic: MC ____ List organizer ____ Entertainment ____ Clean up ____
Sunday 12:30 Lunch: Greeter____ Set-up/clean-up____ Other:____________________ 180703
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!"