To read more details about the purpose and theme development for MAC 2017, click on the link below:
The Registration Form will be read next week.
The Guatemala MAC 2017 Conference Committee has completed the MAC 2017 website. With one small editing issue on the Payment Form, it is ready to go live. If you would like to take an initial look at their tremendous work, click on the link: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores "target="_blank". Spanish and English sections are available. In this coming week the editing on the Payment Form will be completed so that Registration can begin.
The quality and quantity of work done by the Guatemala Conference Committee has been extraordinary. Un millón de gracias!!
There will be a Memorial Mass on March at Maryknoll NY for all Affiliate who have passed on in recent years. Affiliate Board member, Russ Feldmeier MM, will be the principal celebrant.
This week we celebrate the passing of Bob Maxwell - December 29, 2016. Bob and his spouse Liz were long time members of the Cincinnati Affiliate Chapter. Below are quotes and photos taken from the beautiful booklet at the Mass (January 6th) celebrating Bob's life. At this posting, I'm not sure how much of the card was designed by Liz, but several of the quotes are hers. Is it fair to say that statements of love for one other are in many ways a statement of love and celebration for all of us?
"We're about to meet our Maker. I pray constantly. We'll be looking through new lenses." If we remember everything, our minds would be so filled with the past, there would scarcely be room for the present. We should consciously open our receptive minds to what is present." (Spoken by Bob while he had dementia)
Happy Foundation Day to each one of you. 105 years ago today three pioneer women, Mary Louise Wholean, Sara Sullivan and Mary Dwyer came to Hawthorne. And it marked the birthing moment of a new mission community. It was then that they began the journey, as Fr. Walsh called it, the journey of faith.
Our Foundation Day remembrance is closely related to Epiphany. This might be surprisingly to some but Epiphany is not one single event, but a series of events. The morning prayer of Epiphany refers to three mystery moments. It reads; today the Star leads the Magi to the infant Jesus. Today Jesus wills to be baptized by John in the Jordan River to bring us Salvation. And today water is changed into wine for the wedding feast.
During this week these events are remembered here but each of them celebrated separately. The Visit of three Magi is celebrated on this coming Sunday, officially named as the Epiphany. And today we read the Gospel account of Jesus’ baptism. The account of the miracle at Cana is read tomorrow.
So this morning I am going to take these three mysteries, as moments of one organic process called Epiphany and see how this process gives a different tone and shade to our Foundation Day remembrance.
Let us begin with the first mystery, the visit of the Magi. We know the story very well. Three Magi came from Persia, traveling possibly over 1000 miles, on Camels, a they came following a bright star. They recognized the Infant as the New Savior and Divine and honored him with gifts. This is the first Epiphany moment!
So what is new about this story? Let us visit the scene once again, maybe with deeper reflective consciousness. Three Magi have just arrived after a long journey through the desert. They are telling their stories that they are men of healing and transformation with backgrounds in alchemy, astrology/cosmology and medicine. They know the story of Buddha’s re-incarnation: that after 500 some years of Buddha’s death, a Flower star will appear and guide the searchers to the reincarnation of the Great Teacher. Truly the Star guides them to the New Born. In their telling of their desert journey, which started as a solo quest, but now became a communal process, the world view of the Magi is shifted: From re-incarnation to incarnation, and circular to evolutionary history. Through their reflective consciousness they become aware of a new cosmic relationship that included all, with the Stars and with the hidden power of water that gave birth to the star. In Jesus something new is emerging, a new consciousness, a new relatedness, a new intimacy of God’s presence. Through the desert they are led to the Living Water, to the Divine in the New Born child. A sudden insight into the divine reality! The first Epiphany moment!
[To continue reading go to: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/news/recent-postings/item/1584-foundation-day-2017-a-unique-look.html
As you are reading this, the MAC 2017 Conference - November 9 - 12, 2017 - is just under 10 months away. The Guatemala Planning Committee has already put in place all major elements of the Conference and those of us who have seen it are very impressed and very excited by the thoughtfulness and creativity of all aspects.
The theme is Buen Vivir - Living Life to the Full - and, as with all our international conferences, a primary purpose will be to bring together Maryknoll Affiliates (and other Maryknollers) from Chapters around the world to discuss the past, present and future direction of the Affiliates.
The MAC2017 website will be up by the end of this month with the registration form and other details. As you think of planning your airplane flights, know that the trip from the airport to the beautiful Verbo Encarnado venue (about 1/2 hour) will be arranged by the committee and is covered in the tuition. See http://www.verboencarnado.com.gt. Additionally, the Maryknoll Center House is very close to the airport and some will be initially taken there to wait for other passengers and then be taken to the venue. Excursion mission trips for those who wish to stay longer in Guatemala will also be detailed on the website. Scholarship details will soon follow.
Please give this once in a lifetime opportunity serious consideration.