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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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

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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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Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

What's So Blessed about Being Poor?

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Reviewed by Bertha Haas – Portland Chapter

Order this one now! (By L. Susan Slavin and Coralis Salvador, Orbis, 2013.)  And while you’re at it, order copies for your family and friends!  You’ll want to share it without losing your copy.

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