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, 03 May 2014 00:00

Where Am I Eating? – A Review

Written by

Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter

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. 

Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00

The Cosmic Egg Hunt

Written by

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. 

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

Maryknoll Affiliate Board Nominations

Written by

John Meyer - Maryknoll Affiliate Board Nominations Committee

  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.

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

May/June 2014 News from the Knoll

Written by

Sr. Rose Duchesne Debrecht, MM, a Maryknoll sister since her entry in St. Charles, MO, in 1940, died Feb. 22, 2014. Serving the youth in Hong Kong for over 60 years, she was a teacher, principal, spiritual directress, journalist, and English tutor.

Sr. Rosemary Bass, MM, a Maryknoll Sister for 64 years, died March 16 at the age of 88. She taught English to Japanese students at all levels, in Los Angeles and in Japan. In the 1970s, she was in charge of the Center’s Direct Mail Department and then cared for her ailing mother.

Sr. Agnes Cazalé, MM, after a long illness, died on April 8th. Born in New Orleans, LA, in 1923, she entered Maryknoll in 1943 and was a Maryknoll Sister for 71 years. She served in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, primarily in spiritual direction and counseling.

Most of this issue of the NSFA relates to Father Jim Madden, MM, who passed away this January. He initiated our Movement and formed Affiliate chapters in the US and Peru. Even if you didn’t have the blessing of meeting him, we trust that you will be inspired by his article and the challenge which he wrote as his last words to us Affiliates. He envisions us growing, on a mission of love and life.

Please read Father Jim’s message in its entirety and meditate on your role in the aspects he lovingly details. Perhaps your chapter could reflect on them as the basis for an upcoming meeting.

Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00

Visioning with the Maryknoll Mission Movement

Written by

Fr. Jim Madden, January 2014

Love is a consciousness of belonging to another, of being part of a whole. To love is to be on the way toward integral wholeness, to live with an openness of mind and heart, to encounter the other-not as stranger-but as another part of oneself. When we enter into the heart of love, that integral wholeness of love that is God, we enter into the field of relatedness and come to see that we are wholes within wholes. This is the consciousness we need today, an integral wholeness of love that is open to new life; a being-at-home in love that can evolve.”
The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love, Ilia Delio, OSF.

The most critical decision humanity needs to face in the first half of the 21st century is whether we will chose life or continue on the current path toward suicide for our human species and many other life forms. 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

Social Media: a New Mission Language

Written by

Ken Eppes – North Texas Chapter

If mission is going to continue past our lifetimes, we must reach young people, and young people live in the culture of social media.

Social media is a culture with its own language. As missioners, we must learn this culture and language, just as we learn the cultures and languages of peoples in foreign lands. That was the wisdom of the United States Catholic Mission Association conference held in St. Louis in October, 2013. Much of it is applicable to our Affiliate chapters and ministries.

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.

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