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Affiliate Kathee Bautista spoke with one of our NSFA editors about what makes the Los Angeles Chapter tick. For them, collaboration is the key to powerful action.
Catholic Youth Organizations. A number of Affiliates have worked with Tijuana Mission Outreach, which hosts high school students who experience mission and make heart connections with the locals. They have also joined families from various high schools and other groups in an Epiphany Outreach, collecting needed items for impoverished families served through the San Eugenio Mission in Tijuana.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels sponsors the Adopt-a-Family—LA Affiliates contribute to this program both financially and through their volunteer work.
The Contra Costa County (CCC) Maryknoll Affiliates meet periodically, and they attended a quick dinner meeting in Walnut Creek, CA, to visit with my husband Manny Hotchkiss and me.
Herb Casey, a deacon at nearby St. John Vianney parish, and his wife, Peggy, are both volunteer mission promoters for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. They work out of the Western Regional Maryknoll office in San Lorenzo, CA. The CCC Affiliates and the local parish share a strong social concerns orientation. The Caseys said they were fortunate to participate in a number of immersion trips; the latest was to Jamaica in May of 2015, which touched their hearts. (See "Our Jamaican Immersion Trip – 2015")
We also met other members of the CCC Affiliate Chapter, including Monica Gallicho, who described herself as a lifetime Maryknoll Magazine reader and Maryknoll supporter. She and her daughter, Mimi Gallicho, enjoy mission talks at the nearby Maryknoll House at San Lorenzo and have attended the massive LA Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, CA.
Herb noted that their members miss hearing of and supporting the mission experiences of the three Maryknoll Sisters who had participated in their group. Because of age or medical issues, the sisters have retired to Maryknoll at Ossining, NY, or Monrovia, CA.
Deacon Gustavo Escruceria, and his wife Vickie, along with Doris DeSilva and Vickie Lizarrga, are also members of the CCC Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter but were not able to attend that evening. Their South American connections help provide the group with a Global Vision. This Affiliate community supports one another as they develop their missionary spirit and serve the poor.
The editors were privileged to attend and energized by the Affiliate Board/RC meetings at Maryknoll in April. Our devotion to all things Maryknoll helps us to survive this election year’s depressing rhetoric.
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State of the Heart, April 2016 – "Of many decisions taken by the Board/RCs that are promising and exciting, I will highlight two. " – Dave Schaffner
Join the New Affiliate Book Group – ...several Affiliates suggest discussing Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, by Ilia Delio, OSF.
See you in New Orleans? – Matt Rousso will talk about “Mission as Accompaniment” and the role of dialogue in mission.
MAC 2017 – ¡Guatemala! – The Maryknoll Affiliate Board encourages each chapter to send a member and will again offer travel grants to promote broad attendance.
Lynn Houston—The First Affiliate – ...Lynn had a great heart for Maryknoll and was always looking for ways to deepen and widen the circles of the Maryknoll Affiliate family.
Visiting the Contra Costa Affiliates – "Their South American connections help provide the group with a Global Vision." – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Finding Connections in Southeast Asia – "I was struck by unexpected long-distance links between Maryknoll folks." – Charlie Reilly
Solar Sister – "Sr. Rose Marie now proposes using New Mexico’s plentiful sunshine as an alternative to mined uranium-dependent nuclear power." – Mary Ryan=Hotchkiss
Heartstrings Tied to Tanzania – "Our relationships have grown with the years, sharing spirituality in the progress of children to adulthood..." Roger Schiltz
LA Chapter—See How They Partner – For them, collaboration is the key to powerful action.
Our Jamaican Immersion Trip—2015 – "Fellowship and presence was such a blessing to all who participated." – Deacon Herb Casey
New Mission Education Workshop – The Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers a Mission Education Workshop ... to explore every Christian’s baptismal call to mission.
Maryknoll Mission Items – Institutes, Connections, Ideas for ways to connect with missioners
Mary's Call – Ginny McEvoy shared Mary Murphy’s poem, from the December 1993 Not So Far Afield.
This was our third Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers immersion trip but the first time Peggy and I visited Jamaica. The main purposes of these immersion trips are to experience Christ wherever we go and to be present to all those we encounter. This trip certainly fulfilled these objectives for us.
It took many of us some time to get acclimated to the heat and humidity that we felt the minute we deplaned, but our accommodations were comfortable and the hospitality provided by our host was wonderful. We plunged right in with songs, prayers, and introductions so that we would get to know each other, since most of the 11 of us had not met each other before.
Maryknoll Mission Institute 2016
The Mission Institute offers six-day programs (Sunday-Friday) May-October, 2016. Upcoming July programs:
On our recent visit to Tanzania we were struck by how much has happened to the people we knew as children in 2004. We spoke to them in Swahili as elementary school children and now they are attending universities, speaking with us in English and, using all the modern communication techniques from computers to cell phones, sending us TSM messages and emails. It amazes us.
These beautiful Tanzanian children who are now young adults make a difference in our lives.
We had a quick visit with Sr. Rose Marie Cecchini, MM, and noted that the Pillars that animate Maryknoll Affiliates—Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action—are also evident in her work.
Sr. Rose Marie Cecchini, MM, is based in Gallup, NM, and is the director of the Office of Peace, Justice, and Stewardship of Creation for the Diocese of Gallup. During her many years in mission in Japan, she learned of the lasting damage from nuclear disasters. Her diocesan office is now an ally of MASE, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, which addresses the legacy of uranium contamination and related illnesses in the Gallup area. Sr. Rose Marie spoke on this topic at the 2011 Affiliate Conference in Las Vegas. Related articles were in the NSFA in 2011 and 2013.
Marta and I traveled for five weeks, visiting two daughters and their families in Bangkok and Laos and Maryknollers in five countries. We found that the Maryknoll mission and service in Southeast Asia is still going strong. Our visit caused me to reflect on the presence and legacies of China and the United States in the region and to note its ties to Affiliates in San Diego today.
Hong Kong. The Maryknoll house in Stanley, Hong Kong, built about 80 years ago as a base for mission efforts in China, overlooks the South China Sea. During our nights there, monsoonal winds buffeted the house. It withstood them, like the mission itself, changing as China and Church have changed. Today’s Maryknollers—priests, brothers, sisters, and lay people—have carved out some well thought out, strategic niches in areas like education and communications, adapting with the local church to political and ideological constraints, turning over initiatives to laypeople who share the vision and charism. While we were there, Maryknollers were conducting a retreat for women religious superiors from different parts of the Chinese mainland.
Mary Murphy, a Westchester Affiliate and one of the founders of the Maryknoll Affiliates, died February 7th at the age of 81. Mary taught Spanish at the high school and college level. She is also remembered as the co-founder, with Fr. John Hudert, MM, of the “Pachamama Farm” at Maryknoll. Ginny McEvoy shared Mary’s poem, from the December 1993 Not So Far Afield.
Often credited with being the first Maryknoll Affiliate, Lynn Houston passed away on February 18th. We share stories of her Affiliate leadership over 25 years to remind ourselves what one person can do.
Lynn was a:
Buen Vivir —Living in Fullness
The concept of Buen Vivir is rooted in the indigenous cosmologies and traditions of thought of Latin America.
We will be hosted by the Guatemala Chapter at the Verbo Encarnado Retreat House, an hour from Guatemala City. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the center is operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Verbo Encarnado, out of Houston, Texas.
In November, at above 6,000 feet, San Lucas, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, is cool and comfortable.
Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.
The cost of the conference—fees, rooms, and meals—will be similar to previous MACs. Additional tours and visits can be arranged at a reasonable cost.
The Maryknoll Affiliate Board encourages each chapter to send a member and will again offer travel grants to promote broad attendance.
MAC2017 promotes greater unity and sharing of Maryknoll Spirituality and seeks to be inclusive and to broaden the circle among the Maryknoll entities.
Come help us celebrate the
25th Anniversary of the Maryknoll Affiliates.
A new book discussion ..group, open to all Maryknollers, is forming. In response to the Affiliate survey and inspired by the new series from Orbis Books, Catholicity in an Evolving Universe
(http://www.orbisbooks.com/category-234/), several Affiliates suggest discussing Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, by Ilia Delio, OSF (http://www.orbisbooks.com/making-all-things-new.html).
Participation does not require travel because the discussions will be through free conference calls and/or on-line, but email and a telephone are needed. Participants will determine the group’s timeline and format.
As the Affiliate Board and Regional Coordinators (RCs) met at Maryknoll for their combined Spring meeting, the atmosphere in the meetings matched that outside, with renewal and promise, where the daffodils and tulips were leading the budding of shrubs and trees. Of many decisions taken by the Board/RCs that are promising and exciting, I will highlight two.
Maryknoll Affiliates persist in planting seeds knowing that we might not see the harvest. We grieve when we lose someone—but we can rejoice when we find new ways of mission, such as the Coadys endowing a chair to continue their mission work. We admire and want to work with all those who follow their own diverse paths, searching for the transcendent, such as those at the Parliament of World Religions, or those who join other religious orders.
Seeds planted by Affiliates last summer in a survey are now springing forth in plans and action from the Board and Executive Coordinator. At our 25th anniversary, we are in young adulthood, poised for continued evolution and development. Executive Coordinator Bob Short reminds us that, “Only love can transform us.”
We Affiliates persist in planting seeds with love even as the media abounds with shouts of walls, fear, exclusion, and hate, warping the truth and heralding the short-comings of others. Our love will lead to a win/win. Spring is coming!
The Endowed Chair – "It was time for me to get out of the way."—Jim Coady
25 Years and Growing – "The Affiliate model is said to have enough structure to hold it accountable and provide solidity and form but not so much as to make it burdensome."—Bob Short
Parliament of the World's Religions—Awesome – "So much peace and goodwill showed in everyone’s faces, and we shared the same mood of cheerful greeting."—John Martin, MM
Survey Report Posted – "To connect with Affiliates more directly, the survey asked what being an Affiliate means to them, how they relate to other Maryknollers, and their deeper heart wishes, passions, and abiding commitments."—David Schaffner
New England Retreat – "[It] reinforced the need to keep the three A’s of Maryknoll Spirituality front and center in our daily lives."—James Comes
Affiliates Need Your Help – "If you could serve, or know someone who needs a special invitation, please contact Bob Short."
Regional Conference in New Orleans – "Spend a weekend on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain with fellow Affiliates and other Maryknollers."—Matt Rouso
Hello, Affiliates – "Thank you, all who welcomed me so kindly to the Affiliate meetings and who gave me insights into your mission trips overseas."—Paul Wilkins
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