YES, THIS IS OLD NEWS. THE 2014 ISSUES OF NOT SO FAR AFIELD ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO OUR NEW WEBSITE FROM OUR TEMPORARY SITE, notsofarafield.org. THE NEXT ISSUE, MARCH/APRIL 2015, WILL BE POSTED DIRECTLY TO maryknollaffiliates.org.
With this issue, we send you the spirit of the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC 2014) at Stony Point and Maryknoll, NY. MAC 2014 set records: Affiliates from 35 chapters and 9 countries, about a quarter of them from Latin American chapters, attended. The enthusiastic Latin American Affiliates kept reminding us that mission looks different depending on where you’re standing. They said one of the blessings of Maryknoll was the recognition of the indigenous peoples as partners in mission.
The Albany NY chapter did a wonderful job organizing the Conference around the four pillars of the Affiliate Movement—Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action—applying the theme of Fr. John Sivalon’s keynote talk, “The New Wave of Mission.” (Affiliates are part of that new wave of mission!) Key sound bites from Sivalon that spoke to me were, “I came that all may be One, as We are One,” and “The Big Lie of capitalism is that the human person is autonomous.”
Bill Hall gathered photos and information from many chpaters and incorporated them into an engaging DVD. Attendees viewed the DVD presentation of chapters’ various activities, and each person received a copy. We encourage local chapters to share the DVD at their meetings.
Other exciting news: The Board has approved an update of the Maryknoll Affiliate web site. Our current website and communications will continue undisturbed until the new version is ready later this year. Affiliates will be notified both by email and in the NSFA when the change occurs.
Photos in this issue courtesy of Kathie Gribble, Meredith Jean Heuer, Ron Covey, and the editors.
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MAC 2014 Planning Team Sends Thanks – "[to] … so many who gave so generously of their time, their talents, and even their treasure to make MAC 2014 a rewarding, pleasurable, worthwhile experience for all… – The MAC 2014 Planning Team
A Mission Community Rises to the Occasion "The spirit was surely present as we met monthly, leaving our egos at the door." – Santa Orlando
MAC 2014—Truly International – "I find in the Affiliates family an honest wish to get closer to each other and to go on in the mission of the Maryknoll family." – Ceci Quijano
Synergy with Maryknoll Lay Missioners – "Affiliates love it when missioners can attend a chapter meeting—but Skype with those overseas would work, too." – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Reflections on the Third Wave Conference – "Thinking of mission as essentially the encounter—the relationship—with the poor and marginalized is truly inspiring." –" Gerry Mullaney, Pam Cibik, and Kathy Ress
The Fly on the Wall – "What were the members telling the Board and Regional Coordinators at MAC 2014?" – Paula Schaffner
Sending Homily for MAC 2014 – "At the end of the Liturgy, when we hear 'Go in peace,' let us go and make that Amen true." – Sr. Connie Posipsil
We keep encountering Pope Francis in the press, surprising us with his eminently sensible statements. Look for more on Papa Francisco in this NSFA.
Thank you for “gathering” with us through the NSFA. With the help of today’s technology we can have virtual, electronic gatherings, whenever we want. Have you “Liked” the Maryknoll Affiliate Facebook page? Are you following it?
Future NSFA issues will cover the updating of the Affiliate web site to enhance our communications and the forming of our community. Please participate by completing and returning page 11 of this issue (pdf available at Maryknoll Affiliate Use of Media, which asks about Affiliate use of media.
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Dream and Do the Possible – "First you do what is needed, then you do the possible. Then the impossible will happen." – Roger Schiltz
MAC 2014 Update – MAC 2014 is almost here ... We've planned a slate of enriching activities.
Pope's Thoughts on Formation Apply to Maryknoll Affiliates – "Formation is a work of art, not a police action."—Pope Francis
Servir a Vecinos – Serving Our Neighbors – "La ayuda de los pobres para los mas pobres – Help from the poor for the poorer" from the Comunidad Niño Jesús PowerPoint presentation.
Justice and Nonviolence - Nonviolent living is threefold:
- Nonviolence towards oneself,
- Nonviolence towards others, and
- Taking nonviolent public action. —Fr. John Dear
Affiliates Meet in Anaheim – We had a great time at the Congress. I worked at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers booth ... – Kathee Bautista
Playing Big – "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure"—Marianne Williamson
A Chapter Meeting to Remember – "We heard a deep gratefulness for current interfaith leadership in our area and for the gift of having both Muslim and Jewish presence on our community organizing-for-justice group—the ESTHER Board."—Kathie Gribble
Slice of Oaxaca Life: A Photo-Essay – "I did not have a life of hard physical labor like Don Adrian still has to this day." – Pat Denevan
Most of this issue of the NSFA relates to Father Jim Madden, MM, who passed away this January. He initiated our Movement and formed Affiliate chapters in the US and Peru. Even if you didn’t have the blessing of meeting him, we trust that you will be inspired by his article and the challenge which he wrote as his last words to us Affiliates. He envisions us growing, on a mission of love and life.
Please read Father Jim’s message in its entirety and meditate on your role in the aspects he lovingly details. Perhaps your chapter could reflect on them as the basis for an upcoming meeting.
Compassion. It’s the theme of this issue, and the emphasis of Phase One of the JustFaith program. Compassion is a missioner’s hallmark and the first step to loving service. Appropriately, compassion is evident in the articles in this issue.
We feel a special compassion for Fr. Jim Madden who has done so much to spread and support the Affiliate Movement. A few years ago we roasted Sr. Ellen MacDonald as the mother of the Affiliate Movement. Jim Madden, who was co-coordinator with Ellen, should be considered our father. Remember him in your prayers as he deals with his illness.