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Monday, 28 August 2017 22:56

Last Call for Readers!

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This fall, book groups will be reading Trails of Hope and Terror by Miguel de la Torre (http://www.orbisbooks.com/trails-of-hope-and-terror.html). The seven conference call “meetings” run from Sept. 8th (Friday 1:00 pm ET … 10:00 am PT) through October 20th. Email Bob Short: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Join us if you can!

 

Monday, 28 August 2017 19:58

Berrigan’s Letter speaks to Affiliates

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Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

We are teachers of the people who have come on a new vision of things. We struggle to embody that vision day after day, to make it a reality among those we live with, so that people are literally disarmed by knowing us; so that their fear of change, their dread of life are exorcised, and their dread of human differences slowly expunged.
—Daniel Berrigan, The Village Voice

Priest, peace activist, poet, and felon, Dan Berrigan, SJ,  passed away peacefully at age 90 in 2016, but he is not forgotten.

Monday, 28 August 2017 18:34

Accept, But Work

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Affiliate Nancy MacFarland brought John Records to the editors’ attention by reposting his thoughts (shared below) on her Facebook page. When we inquired, she told us, “John Records is an inspiring man who had lived in our community (Petaluma, CA) for many years. He created a homeless shelter that comprehensively met the needs of homeless people in a holistic way which became a model for other shelter programs. He is a spiritually centered person who has deeply touched the lives of all those around him.”

I’ve given a lot of thought to the message that follows, knowing it may offend some. It’s not meant to be political. I ask those who take offense to look into my heart and recall what I stand for.

At age 66, I’ve been involved in many social changes and movements: opposing the Vietnam war, marching against nuclear arms, teaching meditation to people with HIV/AIDS when it was untreatable, working against the tobacco industry’s campaigns to hook children, working for homeless folks, and now supporting dying people and those who care for them. I’ve been stretched to what I thought was my limit and beyond many times.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 01:01

Book Groups to Reconvene

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What book would you like to read next? Both current and potential book discussion group members are invited to suggest titles. We have found Orbis Books (www.orbisbooks.com) to be an excellent source, with the advantage of their 40% discount for Maryknoll Affiliates and book group members.

The next book group session begins in September. Readers will be contacted by email to help choose the book and their preferred meeting time. Previously, book groups met via free conference calls on Tuesday or Friday mornings or Sunday evenings. Additional times can be arranged if a person volunteers to act as contact person. To add your name to the list of readers and receive book group emails, to suggest a book, or to volunteer as a contact person, please email Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 02:13

Feeling Bookish?

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  • Book Group: If you want to participate in a new Affiliate Book Group in the fall, or if you would be able to coordinate a book group, contact Executive Coordinator Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Book Suggestions: Post your ideas for a good summer read at the Maryknoll Affiliates Facebook page. If you have a suggestion for a book for next fall’s book group, contact Bob.

  • Book Reviews: The NSFA would love to publish your book review – tell us what you liked or didn’t like about your latest read. Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:42

Announcements - March/April 2017

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Start your nonviolent journey each day with an inspirational quote from Pace e Bene.

Sign up at: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/859/signup_page/this-nonviolent-life

 


Words from Standing Rock: 

“Our hearts are not defeated,” Mr. Goldtooth said. “The closing of the camp is not the end of a movement or fight. It is a new beginning. They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started.”


 

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:06

Comments on a Review of A Radical Faith

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A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura

By Eileen Markey, Nation Books

“Portrait of a Martyr,” a review of Markey’s book that appeared in America Magazine on January 2, 2017, gives insight into the person and life of Maryknoll Sister Maura Clarke and the evolution of mission.  (http://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2016/12/22/remembering-martyrs-their-humanity-well-their-faith)

Reviewer Elizabeth Kirkland Cahill writes, “Maura’s years in Central America coincided with a period of sweeping transformation in the church’s understanding of its role in the world. Unsurprisingly, the Maryknoll nun’s perspective evolved accordingly. Originally focused on teaching that would allow poor Nicaraguans to improve their lives, Maura’s sense of purpose became more radically identified with the poor and infused with a desire to change the structural inequities that created and perpetuated poverty. Yet her posture was not political, but spiritual: The work of the Christian is to build the world Christ ushered in, by affirming the dignity and basic human rights of every person. Maura’s approach to the people of Nicaragua and El Salvador was one of complete, transcendent generosity and love. …”

In what could be advice for Affiliates, the reviewer quotes a Salvadoran nun who told the nephew of Ita Ford, MM*, “You do not have to be in El Salvador to continue your aunt’s mission.” After returning to the US, the nephew “realized the dream of opening Cristo Rey New York High School, a college preparatory school whose students—75 percent of whom are Latino—engage in a rigorous curriculum and work at entry-level business jobs. These students ... honor Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, and their two colleagues as the spiritual founders of Cristo Rey New York.” Affiliates also continue Maura’s and Ita’s mission when working not so far afield, in their own neighborhoods.

 


*Four church women were martyred in El Salvador in 1980: Maura Clarke and Ita Ford of Maryknoll, Ursuline sister Dorothy Kazel, and laywoman Jean Donovan.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:40

Holy Week Discernment Retreat

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April 13-16, 2017

Maryknoll Campus -- Ossining, New York

Are you called to Cross-Cultural Mission Service?

 

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – NSFA Co-Editor

“I loved what they had to say, the courage, the testing, and the helping.”

So said Martin Scorsese about “Maryknollers” when interviewed about his film, Silence, in America Magazine, Dec. 19-26, 2016. (http://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/01/17/martin-scorsese-his-faith-films-and-silence). The highly acclaimed film is about seventeenth-century Jesuits ministering in Japan long before Maryknoll arrived. James Martin, SJ, the interviewer, says, ”So it’s (the film is) less of a portrayal of the missionary that is just from the outside in, and more from the inside out.”

After reading this searching article and hearing all the buzz about the movie and the Oscars, I will make a point to see it (when our library has it available to loan!).

 

Editors: NSFA has not yet published a movie review, but if you see this film or another that you want to share with Affiliates, we’d love to publish your comments and suggestions.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:35

Taste of Tanzania 2017

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Let the Portland Oregon Chapter transport you to Africa for an evening. You’ll enjoy:

  • a delicious Tanzanian dinner
  • dramatic entertainment
  • an enticing Silent Auction, and
  • a display of handmade Tanzanian artworks

all for a very worthy cause—the Huruma School for children with disabilities in Tanzania. Portland Affiliate Bertha Haas founded the school when she was a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in 2004, and the Portland Affiliate Chapter has chosen helping to support the Huruma School as their special project. 

Taste of Tanzania 2017 will be April 8th, in the Portland area.  Don your African clothes and join us! Too far for you to travel, but you’d like to be involved? Silent auction items are needed (use of a vacation home?). Visit the Taste of Tanzania website (tasteoftanzania.x10host.com/) for more ways to help. Donations can also be made at https://www.gofundme.com/huruma-school-in-tanzania.

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