Maryknoll Affiliate and Returned Lay Missioner Bertha Haas will lead the FAB trip to Tanzania from August 17-26, 2018!
Application deadline is April 17. For details, see Friends Across Borders.
Revive your spirit of Buen Vivir by getting together:
Refugees and immigrants, racism, ecology, different ways of doing mission, and nonviolence are themes for future issues of NSFA. Please send us your actions or reflections in these areas—or tell us about your passions for Community, Spirituality, Global Vision, and Action.
Our fourth Book Group session will begin soon after Easter. We need your help to determine good times to meet and to select a book to read and discuss. The committee has come up with four possible titles:
If our telephone book group doesn’t work for you, an alternative is available. Robert Ellsberg, Orbis Books publisher, has recently announced:
For those who enjoy Orbis books, and look forward to the type of spiritual and theological engagement reflected in this month’s new titles, we invite you to join our new Orbis Book Club.
Next month we’ll be launching this new reading club on our Facebook page, beginning with Jim Forest’s acclaimed work, At Play in the Lions’ Den: A Memoir and Biography of Daniel Berrigan.
Members will receive a discount and an opportunity to interact with the author and other readers. Help us spread the word!
Once again, the Maryknoll Sisters are offering a full slate of pertinent workshops. Does one of these topics offered in May-June have your name on it? Register soon to obtain a space. (A limited number of tuition scholarships are available.)
* May 6-10 (four-day program)
Navigating Life’s Transitions:
Resilience and the Pilgrims’ Journey
Mariette Danilo, PhD
* May 13-18
21st Century Possibilities for Christian Living
Alice L. Camille, M.Div and Rev. Paul Boudreau
* June 3-8
Spiritual Resources for Interfaith Peacemaking
Yehezkel Landau, D. Min
* June 10-15
Under the Baobab Tree: Spirituality Nourished by Nature
Janice McLaughlin, MM, PhD
* June 17-22
Facing into Chaos: Deepening Communal Contemplation, Transforming Consciousness
Nancy Sylvester, IHM, MA
* June 24-29
Mission, Margins and Intercultural Living
Anthony Gittins, CSSp, PhD
See the July-August topics at maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute.
Here we are.
I am the corn
and you are the bean plant.
Your roots intertwine with mine
we flourish together
in this field
that is life.
Are you trying to make sense of the immigration debate or do you know someone who is? If so, Maryknoll’s Spring Immersion trip (April 16-22, 2018) to the Texas Rio Grande Valley may be for you.
Father Gerry Kelly, MM, and Matt Rousso will be directing an innovative and exciting mission immersion program in the Rio Grande Valley in April, 2018. To learn more, view the flyer. A few spots are still available; interested persons should apply soon. Just fill out the registration form on the flyer and mail it to the New Orleans Maryknoll Mission Office.
Buen Vivir—“living in harmony and equilibrium with the cycles of Mother Earth, the cosmos, and life in all its forms,” caused me to reflect on Lent in some different ways. This Lent, we might do a few things to connect with all creation:
• Take a walk at least once a week and appreciate the beauty of nature—listen and let it speak to your heart.
• Connect with an Affiliate you don’t know well—if possible, someone outside your own country.
Prayer for International acceptance of the Nuclear Ban
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signature at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017 and will remain open indefinitely. Once 50 nations have ratified or acceded to it, it will enter into force. The US has not yet ratified.
This prayer service is derived from Pax Christi International’s Interfaith Prayer Service for Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Negotiations, conducted on March 28, 2017, at the Isaiah Wall, NYC. Your chapter might use it at a chapter meeting or arrange an interfaith prayer service in your area.
CONVENER: Peace, Salaam, Shalom to all gathered here in support of a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.”
Sr. Arlene Trant MM, recently returned from mission in Macau, reached out to us for ideas and help with Mission Education in the US, her new assignment with the Maryknoll Sisters. She offers a few areas for brainstorming:
These Maryknoll Affiliates passed away in 2017:
Warren Bowhall, Albany Chapter, April 17
Mary D’Arcy, Subway Chapter, NY, August 2
Carrolyn Williams, New Jersey Chapter, September 16
If we have missed someone in your chapter, or to report future deaths, please contact Bob Short
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.
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.
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.