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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“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him or her.”
Today we often hear, “We become what we eat.” Let’s take this seriously. When we eat the body and drink the blood of Christ we become the hands, feet, eyes, and ears of Christ.
We keep encountering Pope Francis in the press, surprising us with his eminently sensible statements. Look for more on Papa Francisco in this NSFA.
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Dream and Do the Possible – "First you do what is needed, then you do the possible. Then the impossible will happen." – Roger Schiltz
MAC 2014 Update – MAC 2014 is almost here ... We've planned a slate of enriching activities.
Pope's Thoughts on Formation Apply to Maryknoll Affiliates – "Formation is a work of art, not a police action."—Pope Francis
Servir a Vecinos – Serving Our Neighbors – "La ayuda de los pobres para los mas pobres – Help from the poor for the poorer" from the Comunidad Niño Jesús PowerPoint presentation.
Justice and Nonviolence - Nonviolent living is threefold:
- Nonviolence towards oneself,
- Nonviolence towards others, and
- Taking nonviolent public action. —Fr. John Dear
Affiliates Meet in Anaheim – We had a great time at the Congress. I worked at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers booth ... – Kathee Bautista
Playing Big – "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure"—Marianne Williamson
A Chapter Meeting to Remember – "We heard a deep gratefulness for current interfaith leadership in our area and for the gift of having both Muslim and Jewish presence on our community organizing-for-justice group—the ESTHER Board."—Kathie Gribble
Slice of Oaxaca Life: A Photo-Essay – "I did not have a life of hard physical labor like Don Adrian still has to this day." – Pat Denevan
“First you do what is needed, then you do the possible. Then the impossible will happen.”
Kitty and I were in Chipole, Tanzania, waiting for the rain. Very little rain had fallen for five months. Everyone was waitting to plant when the new moon was in decline and the rainy season had begun.
This year we brought our daughter Laura and her friend Jenny with us. It was their first experience in Africa, and it was a pleasure being with them as they experienced the Tanzanian people. Two years ago, many people prayed for our daughter Laura when she was sick with Goodpasture Syndrome, a kidney disease. Many sisters in Chipole prayed for her. I was overwhelmed when I saw some of the sisters hug Laura, telling her that they had prayed for her and were happy to see her alive.
“Formation is a work of Art, not a police action.”
Recently I read an account by Antonio Spadaro, SJ, of a conversation between Pope Francis and the superiors of men’s religious communities during their meeting in Rome, November 27-29, 2013. Much of their conversation about formation, charism, and mission within religious communities applies to our Affiliate communities.
“New” Affiliates in Lima have deep Maryknoll roots.
In his introduction, Raul Llamas, the coordinator, explained that the Niño Jesús Affiliados de Maryknoll work as a group with the poor, with drug addicts, with those experiencing family problems, and with the youth in the streets. “We are a community that formed to serve our neighbors.” Amelia stated that some of these people’s problems come because they lack faith. She hopes that those they serve will come to know Jesus in their heads and in their hearts.
[The editors asked Kathee Bautista, mother of Kimberly Bautista, to update us on Justice for My Sister. The Jan/Feb 2014 NSFA featured Kimberly’s film and Kathee’s Guatemala travels.]
Over the last 2 months, the Justice for My Sister organization has co-sponsored two workshops in Los Angeles on healthy relationships. Kimberly Bautista has taken the film to Mexico City and New York City. In addition, the Justice for My Sister campaign against domestic violence is moving through Ecuador. Kimberly will be traveling to Ecuador in late April to join the volunteers there. See their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JusticeForMySister.
John Hernandez & Kathee Bautista – Los Angeles Chapter
Maryknoll Affiliates gathered at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center. Two attendees commented:
John Hernandez – On Saturday, March 15, several Affiliates gathered at the RE Congress. Los Angeles Affiliates present were Tim Moffett, Sister Kathryn Shannon, Irma Pazmino, Richard Perez, Kathee Bautista, Joe and Peggy Santos, and Deacon Leonel Yoque. Fr. Jack Moynihan, a Maryknoll Father who lives in the Bay Area, joined us. Fr. Jack is planning to attend our next meeting in Los Angeles, since he will be in town at the time, and we will give him time on the agenda to introduce himself to us.
Kathee Bautista – We had a great time at the Congress. I worked at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers booth both Saturday and Sunday and met wonderful people while we distributed 380 to 400 of our fliers. We can expect to see a few new folks at our next meeting in Little Tokyo, including parishioners from St. Francis Xavier. We met several graduates from Maryknoll Schools worldwide who continue to embrace the Maryknoll spirit. Youth leaders expressed interest in immersion trips. We also made contacts with groups that might want to collaborate with us in the future.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond
... Your playing small does not serve the world.
... We are all meant to shine, as children do.”
The Greater Boston/New England Affiliate Chapter meets bimonthly to enjoy reflection, personal sharing, prayer, and a potluck meal together. About a dozen members include those who have served mission needs on their own or with other groups, as well as former lay missioners, sisters, and priests. Maryknoll brothers and fathers had attended until recently but have since moved elsewhere.
At our meeting this month, we reflected on Nelson Mandela and Jim Madden, MM, men who were not afraid to play big, as well as on personal models who saw our individual lights and encouraged our living full-out. But laying wreaths at the feet of others can beg the challenge to fill our own shoes. So we went on to reveal to each other ways in which we are playing small or are confronting fear and taking the risk to act powerfully.
“Good meeting” was the feeling all around.
Our Fox Cities-Wisconsin Chapter is active in various local and global activities, but we meet as Maryknollers only three times a year. This February we had an exceptional meeting. Only four of our six members were present, but the simple Easy Meeting format carried us through all the information we needed to share and enter into a deeper experience.
We honored the memory of our dear co-founder, Fr. Jim Madden, MM, following the Irish Funeral Prayer format. After “Touchdown”—sharing in a few sentences our most current concern, interest, or joy, we highlighted recent Maryknoll developments:
Kelly Gordon, my former student and a Red Bank Maryknoll Affiliate for three years, was killed on April 10th as she attempted to cross 84th street in New York City.
Kelly, a senior at Boston College due to graduate in May, was in NYC with her sister to interview for a job. Kelly was a quiet and wonderful young woman who had a deep sense of compassion for all, but especially for children.
Take Care of the People
We have a small grocery store in our neighborhood called Abarrotes Don Chucho. Abarrotes are groceries; Don is a title of respect, and Chucho is a short name for Jesús. If you remember your Spanish you can translate the extenso surtido (great choice) they offer.
Where Am I Eating? by Kelsey Timmerman, published by Wiley, 2013.
Author Kelsey Timmerman, having previously taken readers through the question, Where Am I Wearing?, next tackles food products (Wiley, 2013). Traveling to countries that are major exporters of coffee, chocolate, bananas, lobster, and apple juice, Timmerman seeks to experience a day in the life of the grower/harvester of each product.
Bob Short – Executive Coordinator
An announcement was made during our church’s Easter morning liturgy that an Easter egg hunt for the children would take place immediately after Mass. To the best of my knowledge, no one found, nor did anyone think to hide, the elusive cosmic egg that day.
We are currently seeking nominations of individuals for appointment to the Maryknoll Affiliate Board. We need members who are dedicated to serving the Affiliate movement and who will share our commitment to building a strong and sustainable organization.