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Affiliate Board Highlights – 2013

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Ann Carr - Affiliate Board President

New chapters in South Korea, Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Lima, Peru, were recognized in 2013. The Cochabamba Chapter has close ties with Bolivia’s Maryknoll Mission Community. Korean Chapter Affiliates work in mission with adults with special needs, abused women, children at risk, Hansen’s disease patients, and others. The Lima, Peru, Niño Jesus Chapter, a group including dedicated catechists, educators and pastoral workers, has a rich history of formation with Maryknollers. Please greet these three new chapters and more than 40 new affiliates at www.facebook.com/maryknollaffiliates


Ties with Latin America. While excited by the rapid growth of chapters in Latin America, we ask: Are we doing all we can to support these chapters and ensure that our movement is integrated and connected? Patty Barneond (Guatemala), who serves as Board liaison to Latin America, will be working closely with Bob Short and the LA regional coordinators to ensure ongoing communication and connection.

Promoting Collaboration, the Board seeks ways to strengthen collaboration within Maryknoll and beyond. As Jim Madden has challenged us, can we become global citizens who are open to partnership without borders? Two current efforts are the JustFaith/Maryknoll collaborative project and strengthening ties with the MOGC. (Stay tuned for more info.) 

The Media Committee explores ways in which we can grow the Affiliate Movement using electronic media. We are making progress on our first goal—to update our website. Hats off to our Executive Coordinator, Bob Short, for championing this committee and project! 

MAC 2014. Albany Chapter prepares for MAC 2014, and the Board administers the conference scholarship fund. We look forward to a dialogue with the wider Affiliate community in June and invite your questions or concerns. One area to explore: How do Affiliates develop and sustain meaningful life in their chapters?





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