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Friday, 28 February 2020 00:07

One’s Own Country

Written by Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
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What makes Maryknoll Affiliates so exceptional? Generosity? Deep spirituality? Openness to new ideas? Love for our neighbors? Willingness to take action? Global Vision?

Articles in this NSFA issue show Affiliates sharing their Global Vision through the Quo Vadis program and by helping at Maryknoll church dates in the US. We see Affiliates open to new ideas with immigrants and nonviolence. Others take action by forming communities and extended families abroad. Affiliates are all called to rise above the clamor of the comfortable simplicity of a litmus test and see that our Global Vision connects us in a complex web. I’m reminded that every complex problem has a simple answer—and it’s WRONG!

What can we be doing, especially in this interim time of changing eras? As people of Love and Action Affiliates can be a yeast that spreads though the world prioritizing the common good. Can we reframe a narrow issue? How do we bring others to our big, complex table?

Please tell us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about your and your chapter’s special outreach with those for whom dedication to a particular focused issue obscures the big us. May the Affiliates Global Vision guide these actions in our own country.


Articles in this issue:

Quo Vadis Success at Le Moyne College – "The Albany Affiliate team was deeply touched by being present to the students and sharing their experiences."—Santa Orlando

A Maryknoll Partnership – "...Seattle Affiliates decided to partner with the visiting priests by helping to alleviate some of their work load at the parish level."—Carolyn Creighton

Fox Cities Immigration Task Force – "We meet monthly at a local church and invite interested citizens to join us in our efforts for a better life for our immigrant families."—Nancy Bourassa

A Letter from Nicaragua –  "I send gratitude to all of you for continuing to hold the people of Nicaragua in your prayers."—Kitty Madden

Nonviolence Expert Speaks to Our Chapter – "As a group, we were very moved by his stories of how nonviolent approaches stopped violent attacks and turned people around."—Marie Wren

The Right to Stay in One’s Own Country "Standing up for children and youth is particularly important in Guatemala ... "—Steve Barrett

Gail Forms a Mission Community – "We will always remember her and miss her.  May she rest in peace.”—Teresa Mariche

Tanzania Party: Maryknoll Values Live On – "Today, Fathers, Sisters, and lay Tanzanians carry on that whole Maryknoll set of values."—Roger Schiltz   

Our Chapter Retreat: A New Tradition – "I thank all the chapters that inspired me to plan this retreat."—Mary Moritz

At MAC2020: Talk With Those Who Walk the Talk - "Be sure to enhance your global vision by attending MAC 2020 and joining in the conversation."

The News from the Board is all about MAC 2020: 

The Affiliates’ Interim Time 

Don't forget our various feature articles: 

Confused Catholics Called to Rise Above – a poem by Al Drinkwine

Everyday Spiritual Readingsthe review of a book co-authored by Affiliate Mary Moritz

What Is Your Theme for Lent? – spiritual resources available at Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Maryknoll Mission Inst. 2020 – Maryknoll Sisters' institute beginning in May

If you prefer to read the Not So Far Afield in its printed form, you may download it here: NSFA March/April 2020


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