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Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:21

Actions and Options

Written by Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
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Action is one of the pillars of the Affiliate Movement, along with spirituality, community, and global vision. We can count on Affiliates to respond to opportunities and to find ways to take action, to be of service. In this issue, Bob Doyle shares his odyssey in Arizona, mourning the deaths of migrants in the desert and serving the survivors. The North Bay Affiliates were captivated by returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner Vicki Simon’s reflections after she volunteered at a migrant refuge in El Paso.

Vicki also lists some opportunities for service to immigrants. Dick Horstman describes a short-term mission opportunity for aiding migrants in Eagle Pass, Texas.

While we Affiliates are usually eager to do service, this issue also tells of 71 Catholics who recently chose another path, civil disobedience at the US Capitol, to protest the inhumanity of detaining children at the Border. Maryknoll encourages us to contemplate before and during our actions.

Whether we choose service, peaceful contemplation, or civil disobedience, we know that “Apathy is not an option.”

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Articles in this issue:

Migration in the Nogales-Tucson Area – "While asylum seekers are being assisted at shelters in Tucson, some 800 others in Nogales, Sonora, are waiting to present their credible fear claim in hopes of being allowed to seek asylum in the United States." - Bob Doyle

MAC 2020 – The theme is: Witnessing Love in the Interim Time.

Vicki Simon at the Border – "One had to be ready for a “fluid reality,” as Vicki described it, and try to hold onto paying personal attention and listening to each migrant while attending to their immediate needs..." – Marie Wren

Sharing with our Chapter Companion – "Our Affiliate group was also happy to learn of Maryknoll’s program which sponsors men and women to come to the United States to study for the religious life." – Shelby Miller & Mary Williams

Is a Lay Missioner Coming to Your City? – "We saw that Affiliates could be helpful to the Maryknoll Lay Missioners in their promotional efforts..." – Paula Schaffner

Catholics Protest Immigrant Child Detention – It was “a privilege to participate in civil disobedience, to be arrested, to stand with detained families…” – Dan Moriarty

A Visit with Albany Affiliates –  "I know our Northeast Florida Chapter will try hard to extend Maryknoll hospitality to any of you who come our way!" – Mary Moritz

Border Actions to Consider – "If you cannot travel or volunteer at this time, get involved  "in organizations working with recently arrived refugees and migrants." – Vicki Simon

Hospitality In addition to the practical benefits of this hospitality, it provides an opportunity to get to know other members of the Maryknoll family.

Learn more about your Maryknoll Affiliate Board and Executive Coordinator in these articles:

John Moritz: Our Newest Board Member  

Letter from  Rich Lessard     

And be sure to enjoy the Features in this issue:

Pope Francis Reading Club   

Cultivating Nonviolence   

Short-Term Mission Opportunity 

Maryknoll Connections      

You Belong   

QTM #5    

 If you are more comfortable reading the Not So Far Afield in its print form, you may download a pdf of the September/October issue. 


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