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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:34

Mass of Solidarity and Hope

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...For Detained Immigrants and Refugees 

August 25, 2018 at NWDC, Tacoma, WA

Joe Hastings – Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner & Pat Bader – Seattle Chapter

More than 300 supporters of detained immigrants and refugees participated in the Mass of Solidarity and Hope at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), built on the theme, “For I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Preceding the Mass, about 500 people gathered at St. Leo Parish in downtown Tacoma, bringing signs and banners and scurrying around with last-minute preparations. Marchers from St. Joseph Parish in Seattle and at least a dozen other Tacoma and Seattle parishes and Catholic groups, including Maryknoll Affiliates, joined them, and we began in song! 

The palpable spirit of the gathering, rooted deep in our Catholic faith, was the desire to express concern for and solidarity with immigrants. Esmeralda Saltos spoke briefly about her work coordinating Catholic Eucharistic services at NWDC. After Mass, we called on the inspiration and example of Our Lady of Guadalupe in reciting “A Pilgrim’s Prayer,” (below) and then we filed out of church singing, led by the “Share the Journey” banner.  

Advocates for social justice from St. Leo and St. Joseph parishes organized the pilgrimage and bilingual Mass on a city street just outside the Detention Center. By their words and actions, the three Jesuit priests concelebratig Mass and the participants showed their solidarity with the detainees and refugees. The crowd, feeling this spirit of solidarity, responded with enthusiastic prayers and songs. The more that 1500 detainees in NWDC drew hope from our singing and from the information that visitors passed along.

After Mass, St. Leo volunteers sold delicious burritos for those visiting the Welcome Center that AIDNW (Advocates for Immigration in Detention – www.aidnw.org) operates to help newly-released detainees navigate their way back to family and friends located around the country.

Some detainees, brought to the NW Detention Center from other parts of the country, have no family or friends to visit them here. The pilgrimage and Mass truly welcomed the strangers in our midst behind the fence of the Detention Center. May they feel supported as they await the court’s decision on their cases.

A Pilgrim’s Prayer

God of all nations
We turn to you in faith
And compassion for
Our brothers and sisters detained by
Our government in our country.
Many have lost their children;
Children of all ages have lost their parents
While they suffer fear, mistreatment
      and incarceration.  
Please embrace them with your presence,
And the comfort of your peace.
 
Teach us citizens the ways
To stand in solidarity with those
without documents,
without due process,
without a home.
Stir us to action with them
and on their behalf,
that together we may all find a home
in a society of peace, justice,
and dignity for every person. Amen.
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:45

Peru Affiliates—Moving Spirituality

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Carlos Apcho, who says he uses Google Translator to read the Not So Far Afield, sent us several photos of Maryknoll Affiliates from Lima, Peru. They were participating in a Day of Prayer for the care of our common home (the earth), a recent event organized by their local diocese.

   

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 04 August 2018 01:31

The Examined Life

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Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” This issue makes it clear that Affiliates do not live unexamined lives. I see Affiliates consciously choosing to be positive, constructive, loving, and active, and having lives worth living. Our cover shows Affiliates standing up for families fleeing violence and separated from their children at the US border. On page 11, Rosa Beatriz reminds us to be more than just connected to each other, to be intercultural. We choose to take on new and challenging approaches, such as Active Nonviolence through the Mission Nonviolence conference or perhaps a Virtual Mission, as Paula Schaffner did. Bob Short meanwhile nudges us to practice contemplation and think about what we may need to let go of. What do we really need?

Examine your life as you read the articles in this issue about advocacy for immigrants by Kathy Ress, or about immersion trips by Margaret Mott. John Moritz suggests reading some great Orbis books. Affiliates and Maryknollers in Guatemala jumped into action and report on their relief efforts for those suffering from a recent volcanic eruption. Affiliates in Houston invite you to join them near Houston, November 11-17, to help reconstruct houses damaged by Hurricane Harvey (see A week in Mission in Texas).

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Articles in this issue:

#Families Belong Together - "First, our faith impels us to welcome the stranger."

Mission Nonviolence - "Moving our Broader Community to Nonviolence and Peace"

Advocacy for Immigrants - "Overall, panelists at this conference urged us to dig deeper into the root causes of immigration..."—Kathy Ress 

Maryknoll Spirit Lives in Cincinnati Chapter -  "Mission and Global Vision are evident in their actions for peace and justice in their current professions or volunteer work."

DIY Mission Nonviolence - "Here’s how to explore Active Nonviolence on your own."

How a Maryknoll Immersion Trip Changed My Life - 'When we left, we knew that we wanted to do something to help the Kenyans.'—Margaret Mott

Thanks from Guatemala - "Your solidarity keeps alive our HOPE!"

Affiliate Mission in Texas - "No special skills are required—work is likely to be installing drywall, painting and clean-up."

My Virtual Mission - "Although I sat on my couch to do this volunteer work, I felt it was a worthwhile offering."—Paula Schaffner

Pre-Mini-Conference Gathering - "They look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon, and pursuing Active Nonviolence."

The Board and EC Speak:

Letting Go 

Diverse Cultures United—New Alternatives Emerge 

What Do You Think? 

Features:

Thoughts on God 

About Berrigan

A Reader’s Love Letter 

Read Up on Dialogue 

 If you'd like to read this issue in its printed format, please download the pdf version of September/October 2018 Not So Far Afield. 

 

Friday, 03 August 2018 05:08

#FamiliesBelongTogether

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June 30, 2018

First, our faith impels us to welcome the stranger.

Second, separating children from their families is immoral!

     Rockland County, NY

 

White Plains, NY

The rally was attended by 700 people; there was a great diversity including many high school students, white, black, brown, young, older, retired, and those just starting out. Speeches included several local families who have experienced ICE tactics intimately. Their family members were taken from them despite years of participation in our local community.

 

Washington County, OR
San Luis Obispo County, CA

           

                                 

 

 

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:47

Mission Nonviolence

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Moving our Broader Community to Nonviolence and Peace

Mini-Regional Conference

Portland, Oregon

Sept. 21-23, 2018

All Maryknoll Affiliates are invited!

Friday, 6PM – Affiliate Social and casual dinner

Saturday, 9-4 – Active Nonviolence Workshop and evening Mass, pizza, and open mike

Sunday, 12:30PM – Affiliate gathering and lunch


For details, contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To  RSVP, use the downloadable form at: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/news/downloads/not-so-far-afield/supplemental-materials.html

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:16

Pre-Mini-Conference Gathering

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Maryknollers and Affiliates from three Northwest chapters were hosted by Roger and Kitty Schiltz, enjoying good food, music, and talk about the Mini-Regional Affiliate meeting, Mission Nonviolence, to be held in Portland on September 21-23. They look forward to seeing you in Portland, OR, and pursuing Active Nonviolence. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attendees (L to R): Anna Clarke Johnson, from Seattle, Team Leader, Western Region & Young Adult Outreach for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Judy Pinney, Walla Walla Chapter, and granddaughter Chelsea, Fr. Mike Bassano, MM, stationed in South Sudan, Chris Pinney, Walla Walla, Ralph Maughan, Affiliate Regional Coordinator, and Kate Maughan, Seattle Chapter, Manny Hotchkiss, Portland Chapter. 

Present but not pictured were Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss and Gabriella Maertens, Portland Chapter, and from the Seattle Chapter: Carolyn Creighton, Yvette Jorg, Roger and Kitty Schiltz.

 

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:11

What Do You Think?

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What Do You Think?

* Does your Chapter want new members?

* If so, who is most likely to be interested in Maryknoll Affiliates?

* How would you find these people?

* What would you say to them?

* What activities would attract them?

* What image or photo would attract them?

We want to hear your ideas. Drop a note or email to a Board member, your regional coordinator, or our executive coordinator,
Bob Short. Or send them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will forward them to the Board.

 

Rosa Beatriz Castañeda – Guatemala Chapter, Board Member

Three years ago, Pope Francis released Laudato Si (Praise Be to You), his encyclical on “Care for Our Common Home,” to “communicate above all a sense of deep urgency and profound concern for the precarious state of our common planetary home.” [P. Francis - 1]

Nine months ago—at MAC 2017 in Guatemala—the Buen Vivir cosmovision helped us realize that we are citizens of different countries, belonging to one world that urgently needs love and care!

“The cosmovision shared by indigenous communities tells us that we are interdependent with one another. Harming any natural resource is harming us”.—Quechua, Peru Native

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 02:49

Advocacy for Immigrants

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Kathy Ress – NE Ohio Chapter

“They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”—Dinos Christianopoulos

From April 20-23, I was privileged to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days, “A World Uprooted:  Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People,” in Washington, DC. At this event, over 700 persons from various faith communities across the US gathered to learn about and bear witness to the urgent
immigration crisis. 

For three days, faith leaders passionately called on us as believers to join an URGENT call for safety and prophetic witness to the migration of more than 65 million displaced persons around the globe, a number that is rising. They passionately reminded us of the age-old narrative and command of scripture to respond to those in exile, welcome the stranger, and meet the angel among us. On the last day, we met for a vigil and made visits to our legislators on the Hill. 

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 02:22

Maryknoll Spirit Lives in Cincinnati Chapter

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Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – NSFA Co-editor

Some Cincinnati Chapter Affiliates comment on their famous local pizza:
(l to r) Liz Maxwell, Mike and Kathy Gable, and visitor Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss.

Cincinnati Affiliates have wide and deep connections to Maryknoll. Many in the chapter had been a Maryknoll priest, sister, or lay missioner, or attended a Maryknoll seminary and maintain contacts with their Maryknoll associates. Members enjoy coming together for community and to share their activities but don’t usually work together on one project. Some are no longer comfortable with long distance travel, but several attended the 2015 regional meeting in Wisconsin. Mission and Global Vision are evident in their actions for peace and justice in their current professions or volunteer work.

Mike Gable travels extensively as part of his role as the diocesan Director of Missions. He enthusiastically mentioned many programs in the Cincinnati area that facilitate connections and sharing between parishes, teachers, communities, and faiths around the world. He strongly endorsed JustFaith as an excellent peace and justice formation and community-building program. His connections as a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner with his wife Kathy, and as an Affiliate, also keep him well involved.

Ahn Vu, another returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner, and Bob Bonnici also appreciate their on-going international connections in their work with youth. Over the years, members have worked as volunteers with Cesar Chavez, taught English in China, math in Africa, and worked locally with immigrants and GED programs, and in many other service roles. Jane Friels, who celebrated her 80th birthday at this gathering, reflected that Maryknoll was the first place that made her aware and appreciative of other cultures. Liz Maxwell added, “We never stop learning.” The chapter recently met with local Muslims.

Liz graciously hosted this midweek gathering of six Affiliates and told us a little about her husband Bob Maxwell, who passed away last year. We saw a poster for the Bob Maxwell Peace Builder Award inaugurated in 2017 after his death. The spirit of Maryknoll lives on in Bob Maxwell’s award, and in the global vision, relationships, and actions of this chapter.

 

 

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