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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:40

Holy Week Discernment Retreat

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April 13-16, 2017

Maryknoll Campus -- Ossining, New York

Are you called to Cross-Cultural Mission Service?

 

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – NSFA Co-Editor

“I loved what they had to say, the courage, the testing, and the helping.”

So said Martin Scorsese about “Maryknollers” when interviewed about his film, Silence, in America Magazine, Dec. 19-26, 2016. (http://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/01/17/martin-scorsese-his-faith-films-and-silence). The highly acclaimed film is about seventeenth-century Jesuits ministering in Japan long before Maryknoll arrived. James Martin, SJ, the interviewer, says, ”So it’s (the film is) less of a portrayal of the missionary that is just from the outside in, and more from the inside out.”

After reading this searching article and hearing all the buzz about the movie and the Oscars, I will make a point to see it (when our library has it available to loan!).

 

Editors: NSFA has not yet published a movie review, but if you see this film or another that you want to share with Affiliates, we’d love to publish your comments and suggestions.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:35

Taste of Tanzania 2017

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Let the Portland Oregon Chapter transport you to Africa for an evening. You’ll enjoy:

  • a delicious Tanzanian dinner
  • dramatic entertainment
  • an enticing Silent Auction, and
  • a display of handmade Tanzanian artworks

all for a very worthy cause—the Huruma School for children with disabilities in Tanzania. Portland Affiliate Bertha Haas founded the school when she was a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in 2004, and the Portland Affiliate Chapter has chosen helping to support the Huruma School as their special project. 

Taste of Tanzania 2017 will be April 8th, in the Portland area.  Don your African clothes and join us! Too far for you to travel, but you’d like to be involved? Silent auction items are needed (use of a vacation home?). Visit the Taste of Tanzania website (tasteoftanzania.x10host.com/) for more ways to help. Donations can also be made at https://www.gofundme.com/huruma-school-in-tanzania.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:31

Silent*

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When they came for the undocumented,

I remained silent;

I was legal.

 

When they came for the gays,

I remained silent;

I was straight.

 

When they came for the sick,

I remained silent;

I was insured.

 

When they came for the Muslims

I remained silent... 

 

*Inspired by Martin Niemöller’s famous quote.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:23

Maryknoll Mission Institute

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The Mission Institute offers a dozen programs during 2017: 

May 7-12 Michael Morwood, MA

(Sun – Fri) Whatever Happened to Jesus?  

May 14-19 Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN, PhD

(Sun – Fri) Come, Drink Deep of Living Waters

May 21-26 Edwina Gateley, MA

(Sun – Fri) Mystics, Rebels, Prophets and You!  

June 4-9 Janet K. Ruffing, RSM, PhD

(Sun – Tue) Nature and Poetry as Openings  to the Mystical

June 11-16 Gail Worcelo, CP, MA

(Sun – Fri) Momentum of Grace: The Deepening of Being in a World of Becoming

July 16-21 Kevin G. Ahern, PhD

(Sun.- Fri.) Communities of Grace: Revitalizing the Lay Apostolate

July 23-28 Catherine Vincie, RSHM, PhD

(Sun.- Fri.) The New Cosmology and its Impact on Theology and Worship  

Aug. 21-24 – Los Altos, CA: Michael Crosby, OFMCap

(Mon.-Thur.) Moving into the Mystical As We Mature 

Sept. 4-8 – Monrovia, CAMickey McGrath, OSFS

(Sun.- Fri.) Green Hearts and Souls: Ecology and Wise Holy Women

 

The complete 2017 schedule is available at: 

https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/

You may register online, or to obtain application forms—

Write: Maryknoll Mission Institute 

Maryknoll Sisters

PO Box 311

Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311 

Telephone:  914-941-0783 @ 5671, or

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:19

Come Pray, Study, Act with Us

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Lent gives us a chance to grow in our relationship with God. The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns offers us the means to a fruitful Lenten experience in the 2017 Lenten Reflection Guide (maryknollogc.org/resources/lenten-reflection-guide-2017).  

Containing reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading, it incorporates written reflections and discussions by 83 Catholic peacemakers who attended the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in April 2016. This guide can be used individually or in small groups to reflect upon our life patterns, to pray more deeply, and renew our spirits to face the realities of our world.  

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:44

Pray – Study – Act

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We Affiliates have our work cut out for us! As the saying goes, if you’re not upset, you’re not paying attention. I hear that Affiliates are paying attention, they are upset, they have long been upset, and they are taking action.

In this issue, looking for long-term solutions, Marie Venner passionately insists we must end our addiction to fossil fuels for the good of her children, indeed all of our children’s children. Ron Covey, also looking to the future, focuses on the educating marginalized children in Guatemala City. Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios, Guatemala Chapter, has devoted her life to education. Mef Ford tells us about the Boston Affiliate Chapter’s reflection on their careers, life choices, and service roles.

We know that not all of our efforts will be successful in the short term, but as St. Teresa of Calcutta reminds us, “God does not require us to be successful, only that we be faithful.”

I urge all Affiliates to examine your values and direction—with others in your chapter, if possible, to pray together, re-establish your priorities, and take action!

What is your passion? Let us at the NSFA know your priorities, your actions, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue: 

The Time is Now – "We are late in the game, so I must and will say very clearly: it is time for us to get off fossil fuels—now—all of us." – Marie Venner 

Making Time for Kindness – The Affiliate Book Groups are enjoying reading the Orbis book, Abounding in Kindness, by Elizabeth Johnson.

On the Margins: Education and More – "We strive to be an important and accepted member of the community." – Ron Covey

What if 1.2 Billion Catholics Embraced Gospel Nonviolence? – "Which of the wars we have been in is a just war?" – Sister Matty, Mosul

"Light for the People" – "This year in April we mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Ben and his Nicaraguan co-workers." – Kitty Madden

Mission Journeys – "Many of our group came of age in the era of cinderblock bookcases, potted avocado plants, and Mateus wine bottle candleholders." – Mef Ford

Getting to Know the Guatemala Chapter – "Maryknoll Affiliates ... respond in community to the call of God to participate in the mission of Jesus." – Guatemala Chapter website

Rosa Beatriz—Educator for Life– She invited all of the attendees to make passion the key to their lives.

Update on MAC 2017 March/April 2017 – Forms for registration and post-conference mission visit options

The Challenge – "We all need to be wiling to be uncomfortable in the pursuit of justice, too." – Sr. Rose Marie Tresp, RSM

Communications Committee Update – Affiliates are asked to contact Bob if they would like their chapter highlighted (on the website).

Board to Meet in May – One area the Regional Coordinators (RCs) will review with the Board is how RCs are selected and how long they should serve.

Virtual Community? – "If you have thoughts or ideas, please let us know!"

Taste of Tanzania 2017 – "Don your African clothes and join us!"

Holy Week Discernment Retreat – "Are you called to Cross-Cultural Mission Service?"

And don't miss our Features:

A poem: Silent

Comments on reviews:    Silence and A Radical Faith 

A place to learn: Maryknoll Mission Institute 2017

A few announcements: March/April 2017

A Lenten reflection guide: Come Pray, Study, Act with Us

To view this issue in its print form, download the March/April 2017 PDF.

Saturday, 31 December 2016 18:17

The Times They Are A-Changin’

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Change is good news, and possibly bad news. We rejoice with the native peoples who are standing up to protect the water. We are inspired by a Guatemalan Affiliate who received national recognition for her work for human rights. We are excited by Pope Francis’s recent message on nonviolence. But we are also concerned to see a backlash against reforms and programs that some may feel have threatened them and their needs. We regret the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and fear the current threats against refugees and immigrants. We agonize about the escalating conflicts that we seem to have no control over.

But Affiliates are all about change, crossing borders, showing love! In 2017 may you continue to join in community and visualize together the change that is needed for us and for the world. Tell us about your vision and action at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue: 

David vs. Goliath: Competing at Standing Rock – "It is a learning experience for me—a white middle class man used to organizing, to be in the minority; to be quiet, to follow, to listen." – Kyle Chandler-Isacksen 

MAC 2017 Update – January/February 2017 – Forms for registration and many more conference details will be available soon.

Retreat at Watch Hill – " 'The Wine Never Runs Out' ... drawing on the Biblical promise of the fullness of life and the symbolism of nuptial radiance." – Bob Short

Claudia Samayoa Speaks – "I have faced the powers that do not want to change, not with aggression but with respect." – Claudia Samayoa

Nonviolence 2017 – "Nonviolence is sometimes taken to mean surrender, lack of involvement and passivity, but this is not the case." – Pope Francis

Days of Infamy: 75th Anniversary –  The woman had said, ”Maryknoll gave me a home when I needed one, so now I will give them my house.” 

Learning About Immigration and Refugees – ...they are planning an evening presentation on these topics with the hope that the parish may sponsor a refugee family. 

Table Talk – "It is difficult, as one grows older, to make new relationships, and yet it is necessary ..." – Kris Neufeld

Virtual Coincidence – Since the first virtual chapter attempts will be considered pilot projects, there is still a great deal of flexibility. 

Seattle Chapter: Working Together – For fun, the Seattle Affiliates helped decorate the Seattle Maryknoll House in preparation for the Maryknoll Christmas party. 

Connecting in Claremont – The Sierra Club has revived its midwinter, midnight walk among the homeless of Skid Row ...

And don't miss our Features:

A celebration of Maryknoll Affiliates' 25 years: 25 Years Ago

A book review:     Living in Bubbles  

A place to learn: Maryknoll Mission Institute 2017

A few announcements: January/February 2017

To view this issue in its print form, download the January/February 2017 PDF.

 

 

The Chandler–Isacksens run the Be the Change Project in Reno, Nevada. They live in voluntary poverty, grow lots of food, serve in their community, are war-tax resistors, and attempt to live their lives in alignment with their values. They attend the Reno Friends Meeting and have frequent contact with the Reno Affiliates. (See two previous articles in the NSFA: July/Aug 2015, p. 5, and Sept/Oct 2014, p. 6.)

We reached the Dakota Access Pipe Line construction site at about noon on September 27th. This was an hour after prayers and reminders from native leaders at the frontline camp and after driving 30 dusty miles over empty North Dakota back roads. The front line camp is just a mile up from the large Oceti Sakowin camp, home to a couple thousand people while we were there. “We have many warriors with us today who will protect the elders, the women, the children. Remember, this is a nonviolent action.” 

One hundred packed vehicles made it to the action that day: overflowing pickup trucks with masked youth from the Red Warrior camp (those willing to get arrested and in it for the long-haul) sitting alongside gray-haired elders holding signs that say “Protect the Water,” horse trailers with horses, license plates from across the country, our family in a rental car getting dustier by the mile. 

Saturday, 31 December 2016 17:35

MAC 2017 Update – January/February 2017

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MAC 2017: The international Maryknoll Affiliate Conference to be held from November 9-12, 2017, at a retreat center outside Guatemala City

Registration. Forms for  registration and many more conference details will be available soon. The Conference Committee—members of the Guatemala Chapter—are putting the final touches on their conference website and expect to have it up and running by the third week in January. Watch your Monday Morning Website Update emails for an announcement of its opening date.

Conference Fee and Travel Grants. To encourage representation from as many as possible of the over 50 Affiliate Chapters worldwide, the Maryknoll Affiliate Board is again offering Conference Fee and Travel Grants for MAC 2017. Because funds are limited, applicants should first explore and consider all possible funding sources. For example, their chapters might help with either funds or frequent flyer miles. In 2014, over 15 attendees benefited from grant assistance; we hope that as many or more will be assisted through the 2017 program. 

The application form will soon be available for download from the Maryknoll Affiliates website, and a link will appear in the Monday Morning email. Applications are due by April 1, 2017. Email your completed form to Bob Short, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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