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?
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:
Don't forget our various feature articles:
Confused Catholics Called to Rise Above – a poem by Al Drinkwine
Everyday Spiritual Readings - the 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.