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Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

November/December 2014 Issue – A Time for Wholemaking

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Wholemaking permeated the Maryknoll Sisters’ General Assembly according to John Moritz, Maryknoll Affiliate and Southeast Regional Coordinator. John reports on his participation at the General Assembly in this issue. In our next issue, John Meyer, Phoenix Affiliate and Board Member, will reflect on the “Dream” of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers’ Chapter Meeting. The Affiliate Board also envisions our wholemaking and will be asking for Affiliate input. 

This issue demonstrates that Affiliates are part of the wholemaking: in Chicago, sharing a Thanksgiving meal with Chinese visitors; in Cambodia, sharing time with missioners; and locals in Bolivia and Nicaragua sharing their time with children and pregnant women. 

On the streets of cities across the US, Affiliates address wholemaking by recognizing our need for nonviolence and to care for creation. 

Be watching for the launch of the new Affiliate web site, which acknowledges the whole of the Affiliate world and celebrates the crucial role of Latino Affiliate chapters.

With your help, Not So Far Afield aspires to be part of the wholemaking. Please send articles about your efforts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Watch your mailboxes for the coming 2015 Appeal letter inviting you to help keep the Affiliates financially healthy. 

Denver Affiliate Marie Venner, who serves on several professional committees related to climate change and has written passionately about it, asks: Are any Maryknollers planning on going to the climate meeting in Lima in December, 2014?

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Reverse Cultural Immersion – "We are fortunate to have these Chinese priests and sisters close by. ... They are very much involved with Maryknoll, both the Society and our Affiliate group." – Dan Driscoll Shaw
 
Summer 2015 Western Region Conference – "Now is a great time to plan for next summer in the Pacific Northwest." – Kitty Schiltz  

El Salvador Mining Struggles Continue – "People in Cabañas make their living on small farms, and they can’t do that without water." – Joe Hastings

Thousands of Stars in Bolivia  – "Stories like [Estrella's] are the reason members of Maryknoll in Bolivia, including myself, a Maryknoll Affiliates in Cochabamba, participate in the project of human rights along with other religious congregations." – Jason Obergfell 

Casa Materna Mary Ann Jackman Celebrates 24 years! – "To all of the Maryknoll family we give thanks for the many ways in which you have accompanied us, spiritually and financially, during these first 24 years." – Kitty Madden

Mission and Wholemaking in a Time of Uncertainty – "May we be open to the Spirit and the surprises that await us." – Ann Carr

Joy of the Gospel… in Cambodia  – "It takes time, reflection, and patience with oneself; you need to marinate in the experience—mind, body, and soul—to figure out what happened to you before you can convey it to others." – Rich Lessard

Wholemaking at the Maryknoll Sisters’ General Assembly – "I cannot tell you how often I heard comments like, “I want to become more involved with the Affiliates,” or “How can I start an Affiliate Chapter?” – John Moritz 

Maryknoll Today and The Maryknoll of Tomorrow – "Imagination is a wonderful, freeing gift. It is the stuff of mystics and prophets, contemplatives and missioners. " – Ann Hayden, MM

The Next four articles tell of Chapters in Action. Many Affiliates and chapters were involved in actions the week of Sept. 21 to 27 on behalf of Campaign Nonviolence and Climate Change.

 People’s Climate March – New York –  "When we reached the plaza at the Javits Center, it was jammed-packed, with many more marchers than they were prepared for—400,000, not the 100,000 predicted!" – Jo Albright; Denver Interfaith Gathering – The inter-faith group included Moslems, Buddhists, Protestant and Catholics, ..." – Larry Griffin;  “People-Planet-Peace”  – "Reno, Sparks, Carson, and the Nevada State Governor’s office made Peace Day proclamations that were on display, and participating groups offered involvement opportunities." – Ellie Hays 
 
LA Affiliates and Campaign Non-violence – "Campaign Nonviolence plans to be a long-term movement to promote peaceful solutions to the problems we face in our violent world." – Kathee Hennigan Bautista  

Survey Results Are In! – Most of you enjoy reading NSFA and Maryknoll magazine. We shamelessly believe all the nice things you said about the NSFA! – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

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