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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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:42

Announcements - March/April 2017

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Start your nonviolent journey each day with an inspirational quote from Pace e Bene.

Sign up at: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/859/signup_page/this-nonviolent-life

 


Words from Standing Rock: 

“Our hearts are not defeated,” Mr. Goldtooth said. “The closing of the camp is not the end of a movement or fight. It is a new beginning. They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started.”


 

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:06

Comments on a Review of A Radical Faith

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A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura

By Eileen Markey, Nation Books

“Portrait of a Martyr,” a review of Markey’s book that appeared in America Magazine on January 2, 2017, gives insight into the person and life of Maryknoll Sister Maura Clarke and the evolution of mission.  (http://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2016/12/22/remembering-martyrs-their-humanity-well-their-faith)

Reviewer Elizabeth Kirkland Cahill writes, “Maura’s years in Central America coincided with a period of sweeping transformation in the church’s understanding of its role in the world. Unsurprisingly, the Maryknoll nun’s perspective evolved accordingly. Originally focused on teaching that would allow poor Nicaraguans to improve their lives, Maura’s sense of purpose became more radically identified with the poor and infused with a desire to change the structural inequities that created and perpetuated poverty. Yet her posture was not political, but spiritual: The work of the Christian is to build the world Christ ushered in, by affirming the dignity and basic human rights of every person. Maura’s approach to the people of Nicaragua and El Salvador was one of complete, transcendent generosity and love. …”

In what could be advice for Affiliates, the reviewer quotes a Salvadoran nun who told the nephew of Ita Ford, MM*, “You do not have to be in El Salvador to continue your aunt’s mission.” After returning to the US, the nephew “realized the dream of opening Cristo Rey New York High School, a college preparatory school whose students—75 percent of whom are Latino—engage in a rigorous curriculum and work at entry-level business jobs. These students ... honor Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, and their two colleagues as the spiritual founders of Cristo Rey New York.” Affiliates also continue Maura’s and Ita’s mission when working not so far afield, in their own neighborhoods.

 


*Four church women were martyred in El Salvador in 1980: Maura Clarke and Ita Ford of Maryknoll, Ursuline sister Dorothy Kazel, and laywoman Jean Donovan.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 20:10

Board to Meet in May

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Maryknoll Affiliate Board

Meets May 5-7, 2017, at Maryknoll

MAC 2017 in Guatemala is uppermost in the Board’s thoughts this spring, but they will also be discussing reports and plans of the three committees formed in response to the  2015 Affiliate Survey: Communication, Connection, and Sustainability/Growth. The consideration of new chapters and of virtual chapters is also on the agenda.

So that the Regional Coordinators (RCs) can focus their travel time and expenses on MAC 2017 in Guatemala, they will be “virtually” included in this Board meeting via Skype. One area the RCs will review with the Board is how RCs are selected and how long they should serve.

Each year one or more Board members complete their term of service. To nominate someone to be on the Board, to participate in a committee, or if you have questions or concerns for the Board, please contact your RC, Executive Coordinator Bob Short (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or Board Chair David Schaffner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

 

 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:59

Virtual Community?

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The Maryknoll Affiliate Board and some of us individual Affiliates are reflecting on what it means to be an online community, a virtual community, in Maryknoll.

If you have thoughts or ideas, please let us know! Write to Bob Short (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 

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.  

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