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Saturday, 31 December 2016 06:22

25 Years Ago...

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Fr. Russ Feldmeier, MMis on the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers’ General Council and represents the Society on the Affiliate Board.  He reminisced that in 1992, as the Affiliates were forming, he was named to the Affiliate Board, even before there was an Affiliate on the Board! After many years on mission in Korea, he has returned for visits. In 2015, Fr. Russ was able to be present at the Covenant signing of the Korean Affiliate Chapter. 

Were you associated with the Maryknoll Affiliates 25 years ago? We’d like to share your reminiscences during our year of celebration!

 

 

 

Saturday, 31 December 2016 05:58

Announcements – January/February 2017

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2017 Affiliates Appeal Letter: 

    There are many ways to serve.

If your copy of the appeal letter has disappeared, it is available here: Appeal Letter - 2017 

 

Affiliate Book Group – New Session

The last day to sign up is January 7. See Book Club Session 2 SIGN UP SHEET

 http://maryknollaffiliates.org/news/recent-postings/item/1563-book-club-session-2-sign-up-sheet.html 

 

Time to Think about Peace

As a powerful way to start the new year, consider taking Pax Christi’s vow of nonviolence, available at: https://paxchristiusa.org/resources/vow-of-nonviolence/

 

NSFA readers would like to hear about your chapter.

Please share your plans and actions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Saturday, 31 December 2016 05:50

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2017

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The Mission Institute will offer a dozen programs during 2017, beginning with the following: 

 

May 7-12 Michael Morwood, MA

(Sun – Fri) Whatever Happened to Jesus? 

May 14-19 Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN, PhD

(Sun – Fri) Come, Drink Deep of Living Waters

 May 21-26 Edwina Gateley, MA

(Sun – Fri) Mystics, Rebels, Prophets and You!  

June 4-9 Janet K. Ruffing, RSM, PhD

(Sun – Tue) Nature and Poetry as Openings to the Mystical

June 11-16 Gail Worcelo, CP, MA

(Sun – Fri) Momentum of Grace: The Deepening of Being in a World of Becoming

June 18-23 Elias Omondi Opongo, SJ, PhD

(Sun – Fri) Structures of Sin and Personal Conversion Towards Social Transformation  

 

The complete 2017 schedule is available at https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/.

You may register online, or to obtain application forms—

Write: Maryknoll Mission Institute 

        Maryknoll Sisters

            P.O Box 311

        Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311 

Telephone:  914-941-0783 @ 5671,   or   E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jacinta Lopez Haas and Bertha Haas – Portland Chapter

A Review of  Just Water by Christiana Z. Peppard, Orbis Books Series on Integral Ecology.

This follow-up to Laudato Si, Just Water by Christiana Z. Peppard, presents very practical, though not easy, steps to protect our most essential resource. Already on page 22, I was challenged to change my way of life. Its principal assertion is that water conservation is a “right-to-life” issue. It is not fair for the first world to use up Earth’s water supply while leaving those most poor to pay the consequences. To reduce the threat to our water supply, we need to stop focusing on domestic use, only eight percent of total use, and attend to industrial and agricultural use. 

Monday, 07 November 2016 06:50

The Gift of Enough*

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The Gift of Enough*

 

I love you and I wish you enough...

[Taken from a story overheard in the airport as a daughter took leave of her elderly mother. When the mother was asked the meaning of these words of farewell, she replied, “that’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone. I am old now and my daughter lives far away. No doubt, her next trip here will be for my funeral.” Then she smiled remembering the message in detail.]

I wish you enough sun
to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain
to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness
to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain
so that the smallest joys in life appear
much bigger.

I wish you enough gain
to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss
to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos
to get you through the final good-bye. 

 

*Excerpted from Sabbath Presence by Kathleen Casey. Copyright 2006 by Ave Maria Press, PO Box 428, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Used with permission of the publisher.

 

 

 

 

Friday, 26 August 2016 19:02

The Homeless

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Don Foran – Friend of the Affiliates

Ten men clamber out of the creaking van,

Their sweaty bodies meeting a kiss

Of cool night air.

They drift, silently, sullenly

Toward the darkened church.

Mattresses lie, two or three to a room,

Along walls decorated with children’s

Drawings and almost casual crucifixions.

Carl, Eddie, Jake and the others

Throw their worn packs and bags 

Onto the makeshift beds, and John,

It’s always John, is first to ask 

If he can have his sack lunch now,

Not in the morning as we had planned.

“Sure,” I say, almost as anxious as he

To assuage this remediable hunger.

Several echo John, and soon all 

Are feasting on pb and j;  apples, celery,

And other healthy fare remains on the table,

But they’re happier now, even communicative.

One thanks me for setting a new pair of white socks

On each mattress.  Another offers a juice cup 

To a friend.  “Lights out!” Rick calls at ten,

And no one argues, no one hesitates.  Sleep

Knits once more the raveled sleeve of care,

Obliterates the hurt, soothes the jangled nerves.

Tomorrow will be another day,

Another cheerless day embroidered

With small triumphs, fragile dreams.

Note: “The Homeless” first appeared in Beyond Parallax, Centralia College (2003). Reprinted with permission.

 

 

Friday, 26 August 2016 18:57

A Theology of Peace

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A Review of: Jesus Christ Peacemaker, A New Theology of Peace by Terrence J. Rynne, Orbis  

Every page of this book contains inspiring revelations about the Christian call to peace and nonviolence. The book’s key points are: 

  • the new theology of peace, 
  • the explanation of the historical development of the Church’s attitudes towards violence and militarism, 
  • the hope that Rynne sees in the Church’s 20th century statements and letters, such as Pacem in Terris, Gaudium et Spes, and The Challenge of Peace, that strongly support nuclear disarmament and restate the early Church’s rejection of violence.

Rynne describes a theology based on the life and teachings of Jesus, one that puts the just war theory in its appropriate subordinate place. “Just war theorists too often engage when war is looming…blissfully unaware of the larger and broader task to cultivate a peaceful world.” Rynne quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who described nonviolence for Christians as “not a mere tactical behavior but a person’s way of being ... [a person] who is not afraid to confront evil with the weapons of love or truth alone.”

The book quotes ancient and modern writers and has an extensive bibliography and index. Jesus Christ Peacemaker would be ideal for a book club. 

Friday, 26 August 2016 17:45

Event Announcements Sept/Oct 2016

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Board Meets in October

What issues should the Maryknoll Affiliate Board discuss? What actions do you recommend?

Your input is welcome and encouraged! Ideas sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be forwarded.

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Campaign Nonviolence – Take Action!

What do Laudato Si, BDS, and No to Gun Violence have in common? They are the nonviolent themes of some Campaign Nonviolence actions, Sept. 18 to 25, 2016. What issues in your community could you or your chapter address during the campaign? See hundreds of planned actions at http://www.paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence/campaign-nonviolence-week-of-actions/

Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell the Affiliates about the actions that take place in your community. 

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Boldly Living the Gospel  

on Nonviolence and Just Peace!

Saturday, September 24, 2016
10AM-12:45PM 
Burien, WA 

The major presenter, Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International, is a former director of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns. She helped to organize the recent Vatican Conference on Nonviolence and Peacemaking. 

Learn about: 

  • Gospel teaching on peacemaking and nonviolence 
  • The recent Vatican Conference on Just Peace
  • Our personal and communal call for peace
  • Practical ways to engage in nonviolence and peacemaking in our area. 

Sponsors include JustFaith local leadership, Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (ipjc.org), local Pax Christi groups, and the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle. 

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Maryknoll Mission Institute 2016 

Go to http://maryknollaffiliates.org/news/not-so-far-afield/item/1502-july-august-2016-notices.html

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 17:43

July/August 2016 Notices

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Register Now 

Affiliates connect at 2005 South Central Region Conference.

South Central Region Affiliate Conference 
New Orleans - September 30 to October 2, 2016

Contact: Jim Huck – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
    Janet Rousso – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Girlie Gary visiting a Guatemalan home, 2013

Only Two spots  Left

Registration for the upcoming Maryknoll Mission Immersion Program in Guatemala, October 9 - 17, closes on August 15th. 

Check Guatemala Immersion for full information. 

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Take Action!

Has your chapter planned an action for Campaign Nonviolence week, September 18-25? In the past, several chapters have joined the hundreds of other groups around the world who take action nonviolently to abolish war, end poverty, reverse climate change, and challenge all violence. See http://www.paceebene.org/ for ideas or to find a local action to join.

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Maryknoll Mission Institute 2016

The Mission Institute offers six-day programs (Sunday-Friday) May-October, 2016. Upcoming  programs:

July 10-15 Robert Ellsberg, MA

Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time will challenge us to think more creatively about being faithful and active in our own historical context.

July 17-22 Maria Teresa Davila, PhD

Embodying the Option for the Poor explores the theological insights in the context from which the phrase sprang and in our current contexts.     

July 24-29 John F. Haught, PhD

Religion and the Cosmic Story: A Look Inside studies the new framework for understanding our species’ ageless religious quest, in conversation with both Christian Theology and contemporary scientific naturalism.

Sept. 25-30 in Monrovia, CA and  Oct. 3-6 in Los Altos, CA: Margaret Silf, MA

Living God’s Dream                                                                              

Online registration is available, or write for forms:

Maryknoll Mission Institute, Maryknoll Sisters
P.O Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311
Tel: 914-941-7575 @ 5671  
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/

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In support of Education

Emusoi Center in Arusha, Tanzania (http://emusoicentre.co.tz/), founded by Sr. Mary Vertucci MM, continues to help Maasai girls get an education and delay marriage and child-bearing until they’re ready, but needs scholarships for fees and books for secondary school and college. Donations should be sent through the Maryknoll Sisters.

Caminando Por La Paz – Guatemala (http://www.caminandogua.org/) needs angels! $500/year or $50/month supports the education of one student. Angels receive periodic  information from the student they sponsor. Your contributions in any amount will assist greatly in Caminando’s efforts to continue the wonderful work initiated by founder Father Thomas Goekler, MM.  

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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 03:07

New Mission Education Workshop

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Maryknoll Lay Missioner Debbie Northern visited the April Affiliate Board/Regional Coordinator meeting and encouraged Affiliates to schedule workshops in our communities.

The Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers a Mission Education Workshop to parishes and groups who want to explore every Christian’s baptismal call to mission. Pope Francis has urged the Church to be missionary in nature, but what does this mean? The format of the workshop includes sharing our own experiences, learning the “See, Judge, Act” model, and reflecting on the call to mission in the world, both locally and globally. 

The workshop can be adapted to the group’s needs, running from one to three hours in length or expanded into a longer retreat version. If at all possible, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner will conduct the workshop, but if none is available, the workshop plan will be shared with a Maryknoll Affiliate chapter that wants to conduct its own workshop. 

For more information, phone or email: 

  • Joanne Blaney – 914-762-6364, ext. 122 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 
  • Debbie Northern – 914-762-6364, ext. 123 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
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