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.
You may subscribe to Not So Far Afield by email or to be notified when it is posted on our website.
You may also download PDF versions of Not So Far Afield here.
The Mission Institute offers six-day programs (Sunday-Friday) May-October, 2016. The May programs are:
May 8-13 Ann Braudis, MM, PhD
(Sacred Journey of the Earth)
May 15-20 Judith Mayotte, PhD
Stewards of Our Earth in a
May 22-27 Peter C. Phan, PhD
Living Into Death - Dying into Life
For the complete 2016 schedule, go to: https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/
A tuition scholarship is available for any Affiliate who would like to attend but needs assistance. To inquire, contact the Maryknoll Mission Institute.
Online registration is available, or write for forms:
Maryknoll Mission Institute, Maryknoll Sisters
P.O Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311
Tel: 914-941-7575 @ 5671
Ossining NY: At their August, 2015, 40th Anniversary celebration, the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) highlighted mission outreach in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, emphasizing that all are united in God’s mission. Approximately 150 guests, including other Maryknollers and friends and supporters of MKLM, heard Dr. Susan Nagele’s views on Leading by Example: Shaping the Future of Mission.*
Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, my wife Janet, along with a friend and co-volunteer from the St. Vincent de Paul Learning Center, took over our kitchen and began a feverish cooking spree. Several hours later, they filled the trunk of their car with huge pans of bread stuffing, bowls of salad, cranberry relish, etc., and headed for a center in one of the impoverished neighborhoods of New Orleans. There they met up with five other Maryknoll Affiliates and five volunteers from the Catholic Worker House. Along with Janet and Francis’s pans of food, more pans of mashed potatoes, baked turkeys, bread, and desserts were brought in and set up for serving.
In commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the death of the Martyrs in El Salvador, Ita, Maura, Dorothy and Jean, who died on Dec 2, 1980, I will be taking my 28th annual Vow of Nonviolence at the Carmelite Sisters in Reno.
Jessie Poynton, MM, reminded many of us, “My friend Maura Clark entered Maryknoll the same year I did, in 1950, and was a close friend. And Ita Ford who worked in one of the most difficult missions in Chile for some seven years. Another dear friend. I also knew the other Sister and the lay-person, Jean, because I went to El Salvador when Carla Piette died there about six months earlier, in a flash flood. So I met all those great women. They are people of peace and reconciliation.”
We remember and honor them and hold them close.
On December 2, all the branches of the Maryknoll family in El Salvador gathered in the rural town of Santiago Nonualco to commemorate the lives of four churchwomen—Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, and Jean Donovan, a lay missioner for the Diocese of Cleveland—on the 35th anniversary of their martyrdom. All Maryknollers and the people of El Salvador, and many beyond share the inspiration these women offer.
Jesus, perhaps disappointingly, gives no abstract theory of social justice. Instead, Jesus makes his life a concrete parable about how to live in this world. He demands of his first followers that they be living witnesses to a simple life on the edge of the dominant consciousness.
Jesus did not call us to the poor and to the pain only to be helpful; he called us to be in solidarity with the real, for our own transformation. It is often only after the fact we realize that they helped us in ways we never knew we needed. This is sometimes called “reverse mission.” The ones we think we are “saving” end up saving us, and in the process, redefine the very meaning of salvation!
Only near the poor, close to “the tears of things” as the Roman poet Virgil puts it, in solidarity with suffering, can we understand ourselves, love one another well, imitate Jesus, and live his full Gospel. The view from the top of anything is distorted by misperception, illusions, fear of falling, and a radical disconnection from the heart. You cannot risk staying there long.
As Thomas Merton said, “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”
David Stocker* – NSFA Staff Editor
Just back from a week in Georgia, I went to Columbus to attend the annual School of the Americas (SOA) protest and to meet the remarkable and controversial Roy Bourgeois, former Maryknoll priest and founder of the SOA Watch. As a priest, Bourgeois was an outspoken critic of US policy in Latin America. Subsequent to the murder of four American churchwomen, two of whom were Maryknoll Sisters, by SOA-trained assassins, Bourgeois founded SOA Watch and has maintained a 26-year tradition of civil disobedience and protest, including documentation of atrocities in Latin America linked to SOA training programs.
Northwest – Ralph Maughan and Janet Quillian
California – Joe & Peggy Santos/ RC needed
Great Plains/Southwest – RC needed
South Central – Ken Eppes
Midwest – Patty Hinton
Southeast – John & Mary Moritz
Northeast – Beth Begley
Mesoamerica – Cecilia Quijano
Peru – Maria Faran
Philippines – Ed Caharian
Pamela Cibik – “We must secure the border.” Is this not the refrain we so often hear when US politicians are asked to comment on immigration? Pam Cibik, Kathy Ress, and Gerry Mullaney—Northeast Ohio Maryknoll Affiliates—travelled to Douglas, Arizona, in late April to see the border. It is indeed secure, thanks to huge sums our government is spending on miles of “Keep Out” fencing, surveillance cameras, ground sensors, and the ubiquitous US Border Patrol presence. Our gracious hosts, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, gave us a view of this “border security.”
Orbis Books recommends and has sent copies of:
All Shall Be Well: Readings for Lent and Easter
Faith & Joy: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Priest by Fr. Fernando Cardenal
To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, from December 8, 2015, through November 20, 2016, the end of the liturgical year and Feast of Christ the King, the Catholic Church around the world will proclaim God’s love and mercy, invoking God’s blessings and pardon.
During the Year of Mercy, as missionary disciples through Baptism, you are invited to share mercy moments that you have witnessed or acts of mercy that you have offered to or received from others. The Maryknoll magazine will publish some submissions throughout the jubilee year. Mercy moments also can be posted to a special Maryknoll Mercy Moments web page: www.maryknollsociety.org/mercymoments.
San Diego Affiliates used a meeting early in 2015 to ask themselves, “What drew you to become a part of this group?” and “What keeps you coming back?” Their answers, which member Michele Dunne summarized, were very revealing. Personal invitation and a personal connection to someone in the chapter drew them in, and Spirituality and Community (two of the Affiliates’ Four Pillars) keep them coming back.
Yes! The world needs Maryknoll Affiliates. Bob Short emphasized this at two Regional Affiliate Conferences this summer and now in this NSFA.
This issue also includes a tribute to Ann Carr by the Board and other Maryknollers for her many years of service as she leaves the Affiliate Board. Please post your special memory of Ann on the Maryknoll Affiliate Facebook page.
We’ve also been inspired by the Pope’s US visit and his challenging environmental encyclical. Several Chapters, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Sacramento, and New Orleans, plan to study and reflect on Laudato Si. The USCCB’s discussion guide and the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns’ newsletter, Encounters, add to the conversation. John Moritz’s formation article on Prophetic Witness also provides reflection questions that could be used in an Affiliate gathering.
Come and See – "When asked, 'What did you do?' my reply is, 'We played with the children, giving them our attention. We met with the elderly, showing them they, too, were worthy of our visit.' "—Santa Orlando
The World Needs Maryknoll Affiliates – "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.”—Bob Short
Creating a Context for MaryKnoll’s work in the Global South – "In an age of rapid globalization and gaping wealth disparity, Pope Francis’ message transcends religion, culture, and language, calling us to end the systems that cause disenfranchisement and despair."—David Stoker
An Appreciation of Ann Carr – "The future of Maryknoll will be a reflection of your leadership."—John Moritz
When New Orleans Affiliates Meet... – "We share what we’re doing but don’t spend a lot of time socializing."
New Northwestern Regional Coordinators – "Janet and Ralph make a great RC team.."
Whose Prophet Am I? – "By where we live, what kind of car we drive, everything we do, we proclaim what we hold dear to us."—John Moritz
To read this issue in its print version, you may access and download the pdf at Downloads- Not So Far Afield. And don't miss the entries in this issue's Features and The Board and EC Speak!
Santa Orlando – Albany, NY, Chapter
As an Affiliate, I have had numerous opportunities to spend time with Maryknoll Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, and many other Affiliates. I have been to the Knoll for conferences, celebrations, and Institute classes and just to visit friends. What was missing in my Maryknoll exposure was contact with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. I found myself asking, who are they, and what do they do? The desire to know led me to join 14 other travelers for a FAB (Friends Across the Border) trip to Bolivia. I met up with them at the Miami Airport, equipped with my carry-on luggage, a positive attitude, and the willingness to participate fully in the experience.