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Saturday, 31 December 2016 06:42

Seattle Chapter: Working Together

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In Seattle, Fr. Tom Marti, MM, and Anna Clarke Johnson,
Team Leader for the Western Region,
Maryknoll US Mission Education

Connections. The Seattle Chapter makes a point of maintaining contacts with missioners in the field and contributing to mission efforts. Ralph Maughan (Western Region Co-coordinator) will be connecting with Br. Tim Raible, MM, and Br. John Beeching, MM, in Bangkok, Thailand, in early 2017. For many years, Br. Tim was assigned to mission promotion from the Seattle Maryknoll House, where the Seattle Chapter meets. 

Saturday, 31 December 2016 06:35

Connecting in Claremont

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Enjoying sunshine, good food, and companionship are attendees, l to r: Kathee Bautista, Paula Schaffner, Jean and Hugh Minton, David Schaffner, and Richard Perez.

On their way to visit family, Affiliate Board Chair David Schaffner and his wife, NSFA co-editor Paula, enjoyed a newsy lunch with California Regional Coordinators Hugh and Jean Menton and other Los Angeles Chapter Affiliates. Kathee Bautista is working on a human trafficking project, and Richard Perez talked of his long-time ties to Maryknoll. 

The Sierra Club has revived its midwinter, midnight walk among the homeless of Skid Row, and many LA Chapter members plan to join them. As a new member of the Los Angeles Chapter, Jean Minton had written  about the walk in the March/April 2013 NSFA article, “LA – Sierra Club Skid Row Walk,”  p. 5. 

Monday, 07 November 2016 23:20

Working for Change

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Fred Goddard – Philippines Chapter, Former Executive Coordinator

September 18, 2016—I know it’s a cliché title, but that is exactly what I have been doing since Jet and I returned to the Philippines four years ago in October.

Fred Goddard, center, “working for change.”

Soon after we arrived, I began working with MAGI (Managing Alternatives Group, Incorporated—managingalternatives.org). This NGO provides services to other NGOs around organizational management, assessments, evaluations, etc. I worked with partners in the Philippines of the German donor organization MISEREOR to help them determine what difference their projects were making in the lives of the people with whom they worked. What changes did they observe?

Monday, 07 November 2016 23:15

¡Buen Vivir!

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Come to MAC2017 in Guatemala in November 2017 to experience ¡Buen Vivir!—to live fully.

Information on how to register for MAC2017, travel grant opportunities, optional mission visits, etc., will be in upcoming NSFA issues.

In a recent No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, Latin-American Maryknollers say*:

  • LIFE is a beautiful opportunity to love and serve in the midst of good and bad times. Claudia Samayoa – Affiliate, Guatemala Chapter
  • The martyrs give us LIFE. – Father Bill Mullan MM, El Petén, Guatemala
  • A cocktail to live LIFE: Compassion has no value if there is no justice. – Sister Dee Smith, MM, Pajapita, Coatepeque, Guatemala.
  • LIFE is a gift from God that we must care for and defend every day of our existence; we respect and enjoy being happy and making others happy. Live LIFE! – Lucinda Siles Cortéz –Affiliate, Cochabamba Chapter, Bolivia

 

*Translated from the September/October 2016 issue of No Tan Lejos del Horizonte.
Monday, 07 November 2016 18:55

Read, Discuss, Grow!

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Participants told the Book Group Committee that the first  Affiliate Book Group was a very positive experience for just about everyone, even if the book—Making All Things New by Ilia Delio—was often challenging. We’re looking forward to the second Maryknoll Affiliate Book Group, which begins in January.

You are invited to join the next session, where you may indicate your preferred book and your best meeting time. 

Monday, 07 November 2016 18:51

Korean Affiliates Share News

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Francesca Yang – Korean  Chapter

This is a brief report, but I want to keep in touch and let other Affiliates know what we are doing.

We met on October 15, 2016, at the Maryknoll Sisters’ apartment in Seoul. Thirteen of us gathered, including two visiting guests who are Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus and Theresa Jung, who is asking to become an Affiliate. We all warmly welcomed her.

At the meeting, Maryknoll Sister Hyung-Jung Kim spoke to us about her mission in East Timor. Also, Maryknoll Sister Jean Maloney reported on her recent trip to the US. As usual, all the Affiliates shared the events of their lives during the past month, and a number spoke of gratitude for their families and for the Affiliate meeting itself, which is such a support. Also one member is preparing to make a trip to the Holy Land.

The Chapter requests prayers for the wife of one of the Affiliates who is receiving treatment for cancer. Her name is Theresa.

Monday, 07 November 2016 17:00

TISQUANTUM: A New Tale from the Old World

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David Stocker – NSFA Staff Editor 

Thanksgiving evokes harvest gratitude just before winter. Yet the myth of Thanksgiving that we tell is rife with inaccuracies and omissions that have endured for 400 years. The story of a Wompanoag, Tisquantum (Squanto), in 1614, gives us a more honest look at our American colonial roots.

Adapted from 

A Report on the Maryknoll Affiliates’ Southern Region Conference

New Orleans, LA, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016

Rev. Gerald E. Kelly, MM – Director of Mission Education & Promotion, Southern Region 

Congratulations to Matt Rousso and the New Orleans Affiliates for a very successful Southern Region Conference. Held just outside New Orleans at a retreat center in Metairie, the conference opened with a moving prayer and procession highlighting the four Affiliate pillars of Spirituality, Community, Action and Global Vision. For the remaining time, the diverse modes of presentation that followed spoke to the theme: “Mission as Accompaniment: Walking Each Other Back Home.” 

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Somewhere in his writings, Saint Francis of Assisi wrote that the Lord “…wants me to be a new kind of fool in the world…” Just a few minutes into gathering together as Maryknollers—seeing how the New Orleans Chapter welcomed all of us, the global and local issues that consumed us (and the consumer issues that didn’t), the wholehearted laughter that filled us, and maybe even the simple dress that clothed us—gave some evidence that we too were aspiring towards the new fool in the world classification. The advanced levels of insight, education, creativity and life experience don’t disqualify in this regard. 

Monday, 07 November 2016 15:58

Mission Is About Walking Each Other Home

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 Mary Moritz  – Northeast Florida Chapter 

Matt Rousso shared this reflection at the Southern Region Conference, and Mary used it in their Chapter meeting. She now offers it for all of us to use.

We should be able to see by what Pope Francis has been saying in his writings and in his speeches that he is strongly affirming that mission is much more about “being with rather than doing for.”  A couple of years ago, a friend of mine shared with me a Christmas card she had received.  There was a simple message in the card which read “we’re all just walking each other home.”  That message has stuck with me and often impinged on my meditation and prayer.  I have often been moved when I realize this is how God in Jesus has been with me all during my life —slowly and lovingly walking me home.  And I have often thought how true this is of our call to mission.  Are we not all called to walk each other home?  Is not this what Pope Francis is saying when he says “we must all learn the art of accompaniment”?  Or when he says, “we must practice the art of listening”?

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

Have you have been “accompanying someone?”  How did this experience begin?  What has it been like for you?

Is there someone(s) that you sense you are being called to accompany - to “walk home”?  How are you experiencing this call?

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