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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The Pillar of Spirituality
We pray with and for those in mission and those in need, for our earth, and for the softening of our own hearts.
Reflecting on the conference theme that we are the “Third Wave” of mission, MAC 2014 attendees wrote their personal missions on the backs of “wave” cards and hung them in our communal prayer space.
Many of you responded to our survey of Affiliate communication preferences on the last page of the May 2014 NSFA, as did the MAC conference attendees. If you haven’t yet completed it, we want to hear from you! Please complete the survey which can be found at http://notsofarafield.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/p11-2014-affiliate-media-use.pdf.
The Northeast Ohio Chapter attended our first Maryknoll conference as a newly recognized Affiliate chapter. The new ways of thinking about mission resonate with our personal and professional lives—especially with the emphasis on relationship. Our chapter is largely comprised of mental health therapists, and so our lives are all about the healing power of close encounters and personal connections. Thinking of mission as essentially the encounter—the relationship—with the poor and marginalized is truly inspiring.
For the last few years, as the spouse of a Board member, I have been asked to act as scribe so that the person writing the minutes could fully participate in the Maryknoll Affiliate Board meetings. Thus I’ve had the privilege of observing the meetings while not participating. Would you like to hear what the “fly on the wall” has learned at these meetings?
Opportunities in Cochabamba, Bolivia— Language study: Steve Judd announced new plans to keep the Language Institute open in a restructured manner since an earlier announcement of indefinite closure. Watch for news at
Rev. Edward M. Wroblewski, MM, who passed away on April 16, 2014, was 88 years old and a Maryknoll father for 61 years.
Rev. Daniel D. Dolan, MM, passed on April 24, 2014 in Sleepy Hollow, New York. He was 92 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 59 years.
Rev. Richard R. Fries, MM, passed away on April 26, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 66 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 37 years.
Rev. Donald J. Vittengl, MM, was 83 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 57 years when he died on May 11, 2014 at Mission St. Teresa, Maryknoll, NY.
“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.
Thank you for “gathering” with us through the NSFA. With the help of today’s technology we can have virtual, electronic gatherings, whenever we want. Have you “Liked” the Maryknoll Affiliate Facebook page? Are you following it?
Future NSFA issues will cover the updating of the Affiliate web site to enhance our communications and the forming of our community. Please participate by completing and returning page 11 of this issue (pdf available at Maryknoll Affiliate Use of Media, which asks about Affiliate use of media.
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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.