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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Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

Communication in the Affiliate World

Written by

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Communication, good or bad, will significantly influence whether we succeed or fail as an organization, local group or as individuals.

In today’s world a hefty amount of communication is electronic via the Internet: email, texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc. For Affiliates, given that a few of us are over 17 years old, electronic media, particularly social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, could be foreign, perhaps frightening. Some among us might even have emotional or spiritual reasons to reject the digital world, feeling it is just too soul smothering and dehumanizing. I sometimes have those thoughts myself.

Sunday, 09 March 2014 00:00

Pilgrimage Retreat in Guatemala

Written by

Joan Cruz – Long Island Chapter

I am sitting at my dining table on All Souls Day evening in the silence of my home, remembering with joy the time I spent in Santa Ana with a wonderful community of Maryknoll Affiliates. I want these memories to never leave my heart and soul. I am so thankful to have been part of this Affiliate mission pilgrimage to Guatemala. It was a time of prayer, forming community and being with those who are materially poor. We crossed borders to discover the meaning of mission spirituality, and we experienced walking with the poor by living among them in a simple mission house.

Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00

Sending Ceremony, Once Again

Written by

Dan Driscoll-Shaw – Chicago Central Chapter

Our Chicago Central Maryknoll Affiliates community has been blessed to share many times in one of the highlights and most significant experiences of all the Maryknoll entities, the Sending Ceremony. 

Our most recent Sending Ceremony took place December 15, 2013. We blessed Merwyn and Kirstin DeMello as they go forth to begin a three-year commitment in Afghanistan with the Mennonite Central Committee.

Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Working with Jim Madden …

Written by

Ellen McDonald, MM – January 10, 2014 

Jim Madden and Ellen McDonald—co-founders of Maryknoll Affiliates.

In 1991 I began a three-year service position in the newly created joint Maryknoll Mission Archives. I had barely been assigned a desk when Fr. Jim Madden came in looking for two things: the book, The Maryknoll Movement, by Fr. George Powers, and Sr. Barbara Hendricks’ article on the Maryknoll charism. Jim liked to recall that moment as the beginning of our collaboration. Apparently I said something about being interested in what he was doing, and he immediately pulled up a chair to talk about it. He admitted that he wanted the Affiliates to be called “Maryknoll” Affiliates, but that that could only happen if the new movement was collaborative within Maryknoll.

Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00

Legends of Jim Madden

Written by

Mef Ford – Greater Boston/New England Chapter 

Stories were told at the wake of Jim’s humility, inspiration, and vision. One described his courage. Once, in Peru, armed local leaders confronted Jim in a public square, accusing him of being a spy, challenging his presence. “Why are you here? You don’t belong here,” they screamed. Jim walked right up to the group, stood tall before them and flipped their challenge saying, “It is YOU who don’t belong here. You have cheated and exploited the people. Why are YOU here?” The people then rose up and said, “He’s with us and we’re with him.” Confronted by this cool, daring young priest and his supporters, they backed down. A co-worker later asked Jim if he’d been scared. “Terrified,” he said. 

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:00

Peruvians Celebrate Father Jim’s Life

Written by

Maria Farfan – Arequipa Chapter

[Translated by Bob Short]

You will always be with us, our dear Father Jim.

Our Mass in celebration of the life of Father Jim Madden was held in Arequipa, Peru, on January 16th, the day that Father Jim was waked [in New York]. Father Edmundo Alarcón, a friend of Father Jim, presided over the celebration. In attendance were Affiliates from the three chapters in Arequipa and some Affiliates from Puno, Peru. 

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:00

Chicago Shares Stories of Jim

Written by

Celine Woznica - Chicago Central Chapter (as posted by Celine on Facebook)

Chicago affiliates held a beautiful reflection this afternoon on the life and gifts of Jim Madden MM. After some initial sharing of stories and personal experiences with Jim, we let Jim speak to us as we read together his essay on “Visioning with the Maryknoll Mission Movement.”  We ended with the following chant: 

At wind-swept gatherings of the Aymara community on the Altiplano, ¡Presente!

At cross-cultural celebrations that find the Sacred in all peoples and traditions, ¡Presente!

At chapter and conference meetings of Maryknoll Affiliates all over the world, ¡Presente!

At vocation seminars and one-on-one accompaniment, ¡Presente!

At Society gatherings, fellowship, and liturgical services, ¡Presente!

At Congregational collaborations and joint visioning, ¡Presente!

At local and national actions to live and promote social justice, ¡Presente!

 

As long as we live, he too will live; for he is now a part of us, as we remember Jim. ¡Presente!

Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

Fr. Jim Rekindles Mission Fire

Written by

Patrick & Mary Denevan - Mérida, Yucatán Chapter

Pat Denevan: I was 19 years old when I entered the Maryknoll Seminary in Mt. View, CA, to study Latin for one year. With a young heart burning with missionary zeal, I completed 8 more years of study and was ordained a Maryknoll priest in 1963. However, in 1970, after seeing the hopes of Pope John XXIII fading and the windows of the 2nd Vatican Council being closed, I decided to leave the priesthood. With a sad and confused heart, I left Maryknoll and was “reduced to the lay state,” according to the official document I received from Rome. 

Sunday, 02 March 2014 00:00

Affiliate Board Highlights – 2013

Written by

Ann Carr - Affiliate Board President

New chapters in South Korea, Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Lima, Peru, were recognized in 2013. The Cochabamba Chapter has close ties with Bolivia’s Maryknoll Mission Community. Korean Chapter Affiliates work in mission with adults with special needs, abused women, children at risk, Hansen’s disease patients, and others. The Lima, Peru, Niño Jesus Chapter, a group including dedicated catechists, educators and pastoral workers, has a rich history of formation with Maryknollers. Please greet these three new chapters and more than 40 new affiliates at www.facebook.com/maryknollaffiliates

Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

March/April News from the Knoll

Written by

Sr. Eleanor Keeney, who died on Nov. 29, was born in NJ, trained as a nurse and then joined Maryknoll in 1948. Her medical expertise took her to Ceylon, Thailand, Zimbabwe, and the US, where she established various programs: AIDS support, rural clinics, hospice, home care, and more.

Sr. Joan Campbell died on Dec. 14, 2013, after 66 years as a Maryknoll sister. Born in NJ and educated in PA, she served in Tanzania as a teacher/headmistress.

 

Sr. Elizabeth Lee, a Maryknoll sister for over 70 years, died on Feb. 4, 2014. Teaching gradeschool, ESL, and teachers of ESL, she worked mostly with Chinese populations in the US and Taiwan.

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