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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Saturday, 11 January 2014 00:00

Fab(ulous) trip to Kenya

Written by

Kathie Gribble - Board Member, Fox Cities Chapter

These are just a few of the highlights of my Friends Across Borders (FAB) journey to Kenya with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners in September 2013. I think I have always wanted to visit Africa because I feel African music and dance express all the best emotions of life with the whole body. This trip immersed us in the lives of the people of Kenya in Eastern Africa and the ministries of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. 

Saturday, 11 January 2014 00:00

Excerpt from “The Pilgrim”

Written by

Joseph Honerkamp – Maryknoll Lay Missioner, class of 1975, who served in Western Samoa, Bolivia, and the US

What was the magic of their secret?
Was it the memory of the busy and noisy, strange City?
Was it the color and beauty of exotic flowers and sunsets?
Was it the unbelievable sweetness and richness of wines grown and ripened on the other side of the globe?
Was it the aftertaste of the spices which strange foods had left on their tongues?
What was it all about?
Was it the laughter echoing through their souls?
Was it a song, a melody?
Was it just a memory of the face they could not forget?
Was it a smile that had warmed their hearts?
Who will ever know?
So they returned to their cobblers’ benches and broken shoes...
To their trading stores and wares...
To their oxen, ploughs, and farms...
To their sick-houses and their dying...
To their schools and books and students.
And it followed them.
Because now it had gone to their very center.
Somehow they lived on. But...sometimes they still wondered...and

THEY WERE NEVER THE SAME AGAIN!

 

 

Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

Easy Meeting: Trailblazers in Habits

Written by

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

We offer these pages as a quick meeting format or for you to enjoy by yourself. 

Preparation:

  1. In your meeting announcement, suggest to chapter members that before the meeting they go to the DVD web site: trailblazersinhabits.com, and preview the video clips. Someone in your chapter might want to order and own the video and show it in its entirety at your gathering. The video could also be used later as part of an educational effort in your parish or school.
  2. For background information, read the two short articles at http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/trailblazers-habits-documents-extraordinary-women-doing-extraordinary-things and http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sisterrosemovies/2013/10/my-interview-with-director-nancy-tong-on-the-innetwork/ 
  3. Read this page and preview the video clips online or on the DVD. Locations of the video clips on the DVD are noted in parentheses. You may wish to download the two-page pdf of this Easy Meeting article at 2014 01 02 Easy Meeting - Trailblazers in Habits.
  4. Equipment: If using video clips from the website, an Internet connection will be needed. Gathering around a computer screen may be adequate for a small group. A larger group could use a video projector or television. Determine what you will need and arrange to have the appropriate equipment and connecting cords available. 
  5. Test the equipment and Internet connection beforehand. 
Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

Guatemala Revisited

Written by

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

In early November, I  participated in the Latin American Maryknoll Society’s Regional Assembly and Retreat. Also invited were Sr. Jane Buellesbach, representing the Maryknoll Sisters, and Sam Stanton and Fr. Bill Voss for the Lay Missioners. It was an especially positive meeting wherein Maryknoll hospitality, genuine collaboration and easy, unadorned camaraderie were manifestly present every day. We can’t know for sure if this was a foretaste of things to come within Maryknoll, but it was very encouraging.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

A Maryknoll-JustFaith-Maryknoll Story

Written by

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Karen seated, center (blue sweatshirt), is surrounded by our Portland, OR, Just Peacemaking group.

Being Maryknoll Affiliates has connected us with peace-building, so we were primed for the new JustFaith module, Just Peacemaking. Karen Bortvedt, who was back home visiting her parents and recuperating from a broken foot, also joined the group.  

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

MKLM Reverse Mission in California 

Written by

Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter

Our chapter was blessed in November by a visit with Maryknoll Lay Missioners Kathy Bond and Flavio Rocha. We learned how they live in mission in Brazil and were inspired to find new ways to be missionaries in our own area. During and after a potluck dinner, they shared their experiences.

Kathy and Flavio are long-time Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Sao Paolo. Kathy has been a Lay Missioner for 20 years and Flavio for 10. Meeting in Brazil, Flavio’s native country, they married 13 years ago, and have a daughter, Maya, 8.

Monday, 06 January 2014 00:00

Kirumba Vocational School 

Written by

Veronica Holland – Lay Missioner & Seattle Affiliate

After arriving in Tanzania in early 2013, I began assisting at the Kirumba Vocational School at St. Joseph Parish, Mwanza, for teenagers who are not able to pursue further academic studies. They learn cookery, tailoring, knitting and embroidering, as well as hospitality, hotelier, and wait service, hoping these skills will help them get a job. Some students may intern as a hotel maid or wait staff person while continuing to  take English and mathematics classes.

Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00

Living Our Baptismal Call

Written by

Bertha Haas – Portland Chapter

The Call to Action Conference (C2A) in Milwaukee was a profound renewal of our baptismal call.

From Nancy Sylvester’s pre-conference session on compassionate conversing, to Miriam Therese Winter’s final keynote reminding us that though we have to live institutionally, we must never think institutionally, we were challenged to remember, “We are the Church.”  Therefore, although we can rejoice in the freshness of Pope Francis, it is we who will bring the changes we want to see in the church.  There is no stopping the Holy Spirit if we will just align ourselves with her.

Saturday, 04 January 2014 00:00

Project Unspeakable

Written by

Review by Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Like many Affiliates, I have an indelible memory of hearing that President Kennedy had been shot. On November 22, 2013, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, we and people across the country, including some at the SOA Watch Vigil in Columbus GA, attended Readers Theater performances of Project Unspeakable. ProjectUnspeakable.org was inspired by the Orbis hardcover book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglass.

Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00

Notices – January/February 2014

Written by

Special Prayer Request

Fr. Jim Madden, who founded the Maryknoll Affiliate Movement with Sr. Ellen McDonald, has notified us that he has cancer and asks for our prayers. Father Jim has remained in close contact with the Affiliate family since stepping down from his leadership position and has continued to offer support to us on many, many levels.  It is difficult to find the words to express our gratitude to Jim or our concern in learning of this diagnosis.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with you, Father Jim, throughout this time.

Our Readers Comment:

  • Nancy McFarland: Just wanted to let you know I appreciated your review of Ilia Delio’s most recent book in NSFA. I’ve read and loved all 3 of her recent books. I think she is spot on! It’s always nice to read a review that gets to the heart of a book.
     
  • Beth Begley: Kudos to the communication committee -- new online format for NSFA is very inviting and attractive.

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