Not So Far Afield is a bimonthly publication of the Maryknoll Affiliates. The name is a play on the title of the original Maryknoll Magazine: The Field Afar.
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Adapted from Bob Short’s presentations at the 2015 Western and Midwest Regional Affiliate Conferences.
A phone conversation with Celine Woznica, the Chicago Central Chapter contact person, inspired this title. She and her husband Don are my friends from our days as Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Latin America. When asked if the Affiliate movement was beginning to wind down, she immediately replied, “No! It can’t wind down; so much in the world needs people with our vision and commitment.”
Join me in examining the impact of the Affiliate Movement from three perspectives: (1) the outer reality, (2) the inner reality, and (3) the Affiliate Pillars.
The free flow of global capital and the restriction of migrants desperate to escape violence is a paradox for today. It is impossible to understand the tragedy of poverty, corruption, and violence in Latin America without placing in context the systems of economic extraction and oppression that have gripped the region for five centuries. Knowing our own part in the history of empire, we can begin to discern critical connections, for example, between wildly gyrating global financial markets and millions of refugees in Europe; between the US War on Drugs and the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa-Mexico; between US rapprochement with Cuba and the immense US military build up in Colombia.
The October 2015 Board meeting completed Ann Carr’s final year as chair of the Maryknoll Affiliate Board. At a reception that weekend, Board members and many other Maryknoll missioners expressed gratitude for her dedicated service.
Below are statements drawn from a collection of tributes to Ann that were presented to her that evening. If you would like to add your remembrances of Ann not only during her tenure as Board president, but from any time in her life as a missioner, please feel free to post them on our Maryknoll Affiliates Facebook page.
Ann’s dedication to the Affiliates has kept us going, on track, and growing. I can only imagine the amount of time she has spent in thorough, thoughtful and respectful emails, phone calls, and meetings, late into the night.—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Affiliates of the New Orleans/Gulf South Chapter eagerly shared what being an Affiliate means to them and how they maintain an active chapter.
New Orleans Affiliates say:
A review of: A Still and Quiet Conscience, by John A. McCoy, Orbis Books
If you seek factual insight into how papal policy, teamed with political power, can instill fear as it controls the populace, then John A. McCoy’s book, A Still and Quiet Conscience—The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church, should be at the top of your Must Read list.
We are pleased to introduce our new Northwestern Region Co-Coordinators, both from the Seattle Chapter. They may be new to you, not having attended many conferences, but their resumes are impressive, filled with the quiet work of dedicated Affiliates.
Ralph Maughan – As an active Maryknoll Affiliate since 1996, Ralph Maughan has volunteered locally and globally. Br. Tim Raible learned that Ralph could be relied on to “table” for Maryknoll at various conferences and gatherings and called on him repeatedly. The Food Bank and the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center also appreciate his ongoing volunteer work.
Pope Francis, asking us to pray with him, has suggested these special intentions:
November: That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.
December: That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.
With 81 respondents, the Maryknoll Affiliate Board survey completed in August reaped 65 pages of rich data. A short summary will be on the website and in the NSFA in the coming months. Responses to the survey will guide the Board’s future actions in many areas, from development of a new brochure to expanding opportunities for mission experiences. From just one question—visioning, the Board has listed concerns/ideas and created committees to take action in the areas of communication, collaboration, and growth.
In this series of articles on Formation, we are intentionally not looking at the five themes in the order listed in the website: Affiliate Identity, Mission, Spirituality of Mission, Community, and Prophetic Witness. These themes are not linear or sequential; they are all relational with the other themes and build on each other. In upcoming articles, we will look at how the themes of Community and Mission contribute to our identity as Maryknoll Affiliates. Today, we look at the Formation theme of Prophetic Witness.
We are all prophets, every day. By where we live, what kind of car we drive, everything we do, we proclaim what we hold dear to us. As with all five Formation themes, Prophetic Witness is not so much about knowing things but is a process of discernment.We all make choices about how we live, and that speaks volumes about who we are. Both individually and communally, what we announce and denounce in word and action is what identifies us to the world around us.
Wherever two or three are gathered...but especially when Affiliates have a conference...the Spirit is moving. This issue gives just an inkling of the Spirit of this summer’s conferences. If you weren’t able to make it to one of the two Conferences featured in this issue—The Midwest Regional Retreat Conference or the Western Regional Affiliate Conference—see the advance notice on this page from the New Orleans/Gulf South Chapter. As with any regional conference, all are welcome.
The NSFA still hasn’t received an Affiliate reflection on the Pope’s environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, but we have heard that one chapter is supporting a Campaign Nonviolence action themed, “Caring for our Common Home.” They stand in solidarity with Pope Francis as he addresses the US Congress on September 24th.
Western Regional Affiliate Conference – "The Seattle Affiliates worked as a team, making the weekend flow smoothly for all of us. They looked like they enjoyed being together, and they worked as a single unit, like honeybees."—Kitty Schiltz
Missing Affiliate Marie Parmly – "Although 85 years old when our Chapter first formed, Marie came to our meetings faithfully and often got others to come with her."—Mary Moritz
Friends Across Borders in Brazil – "I set out imagining a country with some native Indian tribes, having been colonized by the Portuguese. I ended up visiting a multi-ethnic, diverse country with a large Japanese population (invited to come as farmers), Italians, Germans, Syrians, people from different countries in Africa, and an indigenous Indian tribe (the Guarani Mbya)."—Mary Morris Williams
Planting Seeds of Nonviolence – "Mary [Hanson] cautioned us to not cross the blue line on the pavement marking the edge of federal property. Crossing would be considered criminal trespass."—Manny Hotchkiss
My Visit to the Casa Materna in Matagalpa – "I thought it would be wonderful to actually see for myself the operation of this wonderful Maternity Home."—Gabriela Maertens
A Day in a Lay Missioner’s Life – "My job title [Communications Coordinator] is hilarious to me, as I feel that at any given moment I am lucky if 80 percent of the conversation is understood by both parties."—Karen Bortvedt
And don't miss the entries in this issue's Features, Events, and The Board and EC Speak!
The Affiliate Board sends its thanks to all who completed Survey of Individual Affiliates which was conducted by your Maryknoll Affiliate Board this summer. The survey results will be discussed at the next Board meeting in October, and a report will be published online and in the NSFA before they move into the next stage of this “getting to know you” process with the Chapter Reflection.
The new Initial Formation program (and process) has been posted on the Maryknoll Affiliates website. The links to materials associated with each module are posted, and some materials can be downloaded for printing.
To open the Formation program, go to the website, maryknollaffiliates.org, and click on the Who We Are tab. On the Who We Are page, go to the Quick Links blue box on the right, click on Chapters and Formation, and look for “Initial Formation 2015.”
We especially thank John Moritz, Southeast Region co-coordinator with his wife Mary, for heading up this initiative.