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Friday, 28 December 2018 04:04

A Presence with Past Connections

Written by

Sr. Norie Mojado, MM – Maryknoll Affiliate Board Member

I had been involved with the Maryknoll Affiliates since the first conference of Maryknoll Affiliates held here at Maryknoll and was a part-time member of the Westchester Chapter before I returned to Korea. In Korea, some other Sisters and I decided to invite the Maryknoll Fathers in Korea to join us in starting a Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter there. However, it was not accepted by some of the members, although a couple of Maryknoll Fathers, including Russ Feldmeier, joined us occasionally.

The Maryknoll Sisters decided to have a retreat with the prospective interested members, and at the end of the retreat, we explained about the Affiliate program—its covenant, etc., and each one of them decided to join. There were about eight to ten members at that time. We had monthly reflection and study of the covenant and other articles about the Affiliate movement. They had faithfully come to monthly meetings, even though they were not officially accepted as Maryknoll Affiliates. After ten years, they finally got approval, when the Maryknoll Affiliate Board were given the responsibility to approve new chapters. 

About my background: I was born in the Philippines.  After I finished Nursing training and worked for a year in the Philippines, I ventured out to work in the US and Canada. It was in Montreal that I decided to become a missionary. I entered Maryknoll in 1976 and was assigned to Korea in 1978, where I worked in a Psychiatric Clinic. In 1984, I did pastoral ministry with the urban poor, living in an integrated community of clergy, religious and lay people. We made home visits, listened to people’s issues and needs, organized scripture study groups, and gave spiritual direction and pastoral counseling.   From 1988-90, I continued to work with the urban poor and with Korean factory workers in other areas. Then I returned to Maryknoll, NY, for Congregational Service, and when I went back to Korea, I continued my work with women and also with migrant workers and women married to Koreans.  After several years I returned to NY to do another Congregational Service and later on was elected to our leadership.

Because of my interest in our Affiliate movement, I am happy to be one of the liaisons to the Maryknoll Affiliates. It has been a delight to get to know many Affiliates and see the wonderful works you are involved in for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Thursday, 27 December 2018 05:39

Maryknoll Mission Institute – 2019

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Several Affiliates have found Mission Institute programs
to be rich sources of strength and inspiration.
Which Mission Institute 2019 offering speaks to you?

May 12-17 All the Light We Need – Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF, D.Min

May 19-24 Oasis in the Overwhelmed  – Millie Grenough, MAT

June 7-9 Mission  Empowered by Love – Marie Dennis, MA
     50th Jubilee Celebration of Mission Institute – Carolyn Woo, PhD

June 16-21 Traveling the Road to Joy with Thomas Merton and Friends – Christine Bochen, PhD

June 23-28 Mission Inter Gentes: Egalitarian Missiology for the 21st Century - Diarmuid O’Murchu, MSC

July 7-12 Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality – Rev. John Philip Newell, PhD, and Cami Twilling

July 14-19 Teilhard and Struggle: Drawn to the Road of Fire  – Sr. Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD

July 21-26 Sacred Heart of the Cosmos: Mission Spirit in Modern Time – Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, MFA

September: Programs in California 

Find the complete schedule through September and application forms at:

    https://www.maryknollsisters.org/mission-institute/missioninstitute/


Register online or request an application form by:

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Phone:  914-941-7575 @ 5671
Mail:     Maryknoll Mission Institute
            Maryknoll Sisters
            PO Box 311
            Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311

 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:27

Connecting

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Coming from our regional conference on nonviolence and then the Affiliate Board and RC meeting, I am energized by the possibilities for connecting.

Rich Lessard, our newly elected Board Chair, seeks stronger connections among leadership, Affiliates, and chapters, with the other Maryknoll entities, and indeed among all of us as leaven in our communities.

In this issue, the Pinneys from Walla Walla, WA, who have worked quietly for years with their Guatemalan sister parish, now reach out to Affiliates. New Orleans Affiliates made friends with immigrants at the border. David Stocker asks us to join him at the November SOAWatch/Encuentro at the US-Mexico Border. Kevin Carroll, Maryknoll Office For Global Concerns, invites us to advocate for the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, substituting Just Peace for Just War.

The Affiliate Movement empowers us to connect and to prototype our ideas for mission. At the Board meeting, we were urged not to fear failure as we develop prototypes, rather to fail fast, to iterate, and to progress, perhaps not perfectly, but one step at a time. We are seeing the fruits of a prototype virtual chapter. Technology means geography need not limit our connections. Mission is wherever we are and wherever we can connect!

Tells us about your connections and your ideas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Articles in this issue:

Our Long-Term Mission - "They found vibrant activity in Sololá but also great need."—Judy Pinney

The Art of Nonviolence - "The nonviolent direct action we have learned can be applied to many issues in our world, ... making our resistance creative and vibrant."—David Stocker

Just War or Just Peace? - "CNI calls on the Church to ... respond to the monumental crises of our time with the vision and strategies of nonviolence."—Kevin Carroll

NW Regional Mini-Conference on Peace and Nonviolence - "[Rivera Sun's] statistics that nonviolence  succeeds more often than violence for regime change, civil rights actions, and fair working conditions were heartening."—David Stocker

Mission in the Texas Rio Grande Valley - "Education, Engagement and Empowerment became a theme for me."—Janet Rousso

Texas-Mexico Border Accompaniment - "... I see faces of real people and their fortitude, belief in God, endurance."—Kim Nunez

Mass of Solidarity and Hope - "The palpable spirit of the gathering, rooted deep in our Catholic faith, was the desire to express concern for and solidarity with immigrants."—Joe Hastings

Peru Affiliates—Moving Spirituality - Carlos Apcho says he uses Google Translator to read the Not So Far Afield.

The Board and EC Speak:

On the Way from the Forum - "A movement must have connection, without which there can be no Movement."—Rich Lessard

Features:

Maryknoll Mission Institute – 2019

Spotlight on Mission

 If you'd like to read this issue in its printed format, please download the pdf version of November/December Not So Far Afield. 

 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:09

Our Long-Term Mission

Written by

Judy and Chris Pinney – Walla Walla Affiliates

 

In February, Chris Pinney, his son Zac, and four others visited programs, interviewed people, and videotaped footage in Sololá Diocese, Guatemala, the sister diocese of Spokane, WA, Diocese.They found vibrant activity in Sololá but also great need. The video was shown at the Sixth Annual Mission Celebration in Spokane, also attended by Ralph Maughan, Seattle Affiliate and Regional Coordinator, and Bob McFarland of North Bay, CA, Chapter. 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:02

Spotlight on Mission

Written by
Karen Bortvedt, left, during her service in Cambodia.

Karen Bortvedt – Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner

Have you had an inspiring experience on a FAB trip?  Do you know someone who may make a great lay missioner?  We invite you to join one of our upcoming webinars—with me!  I will share some of my experiences in Cambodia, as well as all the nuts and bolts of becoming a lay missioner. 

The upcoming webinars are:

November 15, 5pm EST – login to zoom.us/j/995940923

December 2, 11am EST – login to zoom.us/j/326958422

If you can post a notice about these webinars in your church bulletin, or if you have other questions, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about Maryknoll Lay Missioners, check out our website: mklm.org, or call 914-467-8857.

 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:16

On the Way from the Forum

Written by

Rich Lessard – Affiliate Board Chair

Denise and Rich

A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum!  Not the Broadway musical; this Forum is a room in the Maryknoll Sisters’ Center House in Maryknoll, NY—where our Board gathered in October, and I was elected Chairperson of the Affiliate Board!  I would never have imagined myself as chairperson when I began as a Maryknoll Affiliate 11 years ago.

On my way home that day, I reflected on my life as an Affiliate, and about how best to positively impact the Affiliates.  So, by way of introduction, I am sharing some thoughts as I begin this new endeavor with you.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:07

The Art of Nonviolence

Written by

David Stocker – NSFA Contributing Editor*

Have you heard about the upcoming national protest against US immigration policy and against the half century of US government sponsored mayhem that has compounded the immigration crisis at the US southern border? The Border Encuentro and Vigil, organized by the School of Americas WATCH (SOAW) will take place November 15-18 on both sides of the US/ Mexico border wall in Nogales, Arizona.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:59

Just War or Just Peace?

Written by

 

Kevin Carroll – Nonviolence and Peace Fellow,
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

A project of Pax Christi International, The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, or CNI, is a global effort affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church. It grew out of the landmark Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held in Rome in April 2016, which was co-sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pax Christi International, and other organizations, including Maryknoll. Leaders include Ken Butigan of Pace e Bene and DePaul University, and Marie Dennis of Pax Christi International.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 05:14

Moving our Community to Peace and Nonviolence

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Northwest Regional Mini-Conference
September 21-23, at Beaverton, OR

David Stocker - NSFA Contributing Editor

With about 60 people in attendance, keynote presenter Rivera Sun, well known for her popular fictions, Billionaire Buddha and The Dandelion Insurrection, was right on. The Dandelion Insurrection follows a colorful cast of activist characters in a society that is crumbling from the weight of capitalism and empire. Drawing from her other career as a nonviolence trainer for Pace e Bene, she told real his-stories and her-stories of people who changed the world without violence. Her statistics that nonviolence  succeeds more often than violence for regime change, civil rights actions, and fair working conditions were heartening.

Rivera gave us tools to mount our own campaign. She walked us through Goals, Strategy, Targets, Participants, Duration and timing, and Resources and risks; then we considered how to apply these tools in our area of interest during breakout sessions.

In the breakout sessions, the afternoon presenters included Benneth Husted on the subject of nonviolent resistance in Palestine, Ethan Livermore of the Poor People’s Campaign, Maxine Fookson of the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (Imirj), and Peter Bergel offered strategic guidance for non-violent campaigns and great music! Each presenter modeled ways to move deeper into that list of nonviolent strategies.

Kevin Carroll, Nonviolence and Peace Fellow with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC), brought us up to date on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI), a global effort affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence. It calls on the Church to promote nonviolent practices and strategies and no longer use or teach the “just war theory.” See Kevin’s article, "Just War or Just Peace?"

David Stocker. I count myself privileged to have also been a presenter, telling about Border Encuentro, which takes place November 15-18 in Nogales, AZ. See my article, "The Art of Nonviolence." 

March and pray. Before our Saturday afternoon Mass, we took to the streets to demonstrate our newfound active nonviolence skills, using our voices, signs, and drums.

Friday dinner. Affiliates and presenters broke bread together at the Hotchkiss home, celebrating International Peace Day. After a delicious meatless meal, we discussed, “How can Maryknoll Affiliates help build a nonviolent community?” Tom Hastings, from Portland State University, said peace is on the path to being a separate educational discipline.

Sunday lunch. Our final gathering focused on Global Vision. Over a Mediterranean themed meal, we shared some of the places in the world with which we feel a special connection. Watch for an Easy Meeting about this in our next issue!

Principal presenter Rivera Sun, author and Pace-e-Bene Active Nonviolence trainer, writes fiction books where heroes 
succeed through nonviolence.

 

This break-out group focused on organizing an Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice. 
Kevin Carroll, speaker from Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and his sister, Megan Carroll, beat their drums.

 

Affiliates (L to R) Bertha Haas, Teresa Kuntz, Kitty Schiltz, and Paula Schaffner march with signs.

 

 


Ethan Livermore (left), with Poor People’s Campaign, Portland, learned how to make drums at David Stocker’s breakout session.
Seattle Affiliates Bill O’Dwyer and Ralph Maugham chat at the Friday night dinner hosted by the Hotchkisses. 
Affiliate Gabriella Maertens and Kevin Carroll, MOGC, show map with our global connections.

 

 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:52

Mission in the Texas Rio Grande Valley

Written by

Janet Rousso – New Orleans Chapter

At the Border Wall - Barbara Sallettes, Joan Cruz, Mary Ann Becnel,
Kim Nunez, Charlie Freel, Janet Rousso, Matt Rousso, Bob Hitchins,
Ramona Casas, Jill Hitchins, Lolita Gary

In June, 12 of us set out for the Rio Grande Valley with Fr. Gerry Kelly, MM, and Matt Rousso, a Maryknoll Mission Educator and Promoter. We were not sure what to expect since the US government had recently initiated Zero Tolerance for refugees and asylees, and hundreds of children were being separated from their parents and put in detention facilities. 

On our mission visits, we were filled with deep sadness and much anger at what we saw. Our desire to offer the migrants smiles of welcome and words of friendship grew stronger each day. We wanted to  be in solidarity with the so-called “illegal aliens” and visit with the poor living in the Valley, hear their stories, and, in some small way, bring them our love.

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