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Sunday, 24 June 2018 22:51

Maxwell Musings

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Before his illness, [Affiliate] Bob would often go sit in the Motherhouse Chapel in the afternoon. Sometimes he’d write on small slips of paper he carried in his pocket. Here are some of his jottings.—Liz Maxwell

I am no more, no less in the presence of God in chapel, but senses and emotions are involved in feeling myself to be in the presence, and yet God does not hear me any better in chapel.

It is good to sit in Mystery.
The mist stops our brains.

God help me to fully be, the doing will follow.

Sunday, 24 June 2018 22:46

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2018

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Once again, the Maryknoll Sisters are offering a full slate of pertinent workshops. Register soon to obtain a space. (A limited number of tuition scholarships are available.) Coming in May and June:

*   May 6-10 (four-day program) - Mariette Danilo, PhD

Navigating Life’s Transitions: Resilience and the Pilgrims’ Journey

*   May 13-18 - Alice L. Camille, M.Div and Rev. Paul Boudreau

 Future Dreaming: 21st Century Possibilities for Christian Living

*   June 3-8 - Yehezkel Landau, D. Min

Spiritual Resources for Interfaith Peacemaking

*   June 10-15 - Janice McLaughlin, MM, PhD

Under the Baobab Tree: Spirituality Nourished by Nature

*   June 17-22 - Nancy Sylvester, IHM, MA

Facing into Chaos: Deepening Communal Contemplation, Transforming Consciousness

*   June 24-29 Anthony Gittins, CSSp, PhD

Mission, Margins and Intercultural Living

See the July-August topics at https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/.

Application forms, on-line registration, and program descriptions are also available there. Or you may  obtain information by telephone: (914) 941-0783 ext.5671, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Sunday, 24 June 2018 20:43

Save the Date

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Attention Northeast Region Chapters:

You are invited to participate in the NE regional meeting at Maryknoll on April 21st. The theme of the day-long meeting will be:

Balance: Balance in our own lives and
Balance in our Affiliate Chapters

Join us for an informative and interactive conference with a contemplative eye on the present and a collective eye on the future. As the Affiliate Board and all the entities look ahead, we believe we must also pay attention to the present—what works, what doesn’t, and what ideas can be shared among the NE chapters.

Chapter contacts in the region will soon be receiving a conference schedule which will include details on how to register. Hope to see you at the Maryknoll Sisters’ campus in April.

NOTE: Affiliates from other regions are welcome. If interested, please contact Santa Orlando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, 24 June 2018 16:27

Looking for a Book Club?

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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:

Faith in the Face of Empire

A Sense of Wonder

Thomas Berry, Selected Writings

Flannery O’Connor, Spiritual Writings

Check out these and more Orbis Books at: http://www.orbisbooks.com. We also welcome your suggestions. To join a group, please contact Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 (https://www.facebook.com/orbisbooks), 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!
Sunday, 24 June 2018 04:58

The Roots of Our Movement

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“The Early Moments” with Jim Madden and Ellen McDonald

Sharon Mitchell – Albany Chapter

Most Maryknoll Affiliates know that our organization began in 1991 under the guidance of Fr. Jim Madden, MM, and Sr. Ellen McDonald, MM. However, members may not really know or fully appreciate how the founders’ vision for its growth and future influenced the formation of the Affiliates Movement.

On June 28, 2000, Mary J. Murphy, Westchester Chapter, conducted and taped an interview with Fr. Jim and Sr. Ellen at the Maryknoll Center in Ossining, New York. It provided a forum for them to discuss the Affiliate Movement from their unique perspective; they were specifically asked to discuss the concept behind its formation, their hopes/vision for the organization, and their reflections on the Affiliates’ development to that point. The interview was captured as a video entitled, “The Early Moments,” with Fr. Jim Madden and Sr. Ellen McDonald.

Our Albany Chapter first viewed this video in 2011 when we decided to review the history of the Affiliates Movement and the Four Pillars. Since 2011, we have added several new members, and so we decided to review the history and the pillars again.  After much searching, we were able to find and to view the video at our January meeting; we were pleased by our members’ reactions. The general consensus was that this film is a valuable piece of Maryknoll Affiliate history, especially in light of the passing of Fr. Jim in 2014. Our members thought that the film was inspiring, moving, and heart-warming.  The abounding joy, love, and enthusiasm of Fr. Jim and Sr. Ellen for the Affiliates and for the Maryknoll charism were so clearly evident as they spoke.  We hope that other Chapters will consider viewing this important piece of our Maryknoll Affiliate history.

A few months ago, the Affiliate Board asked Chapters to consider our future--where do we want the Affiliates to be in five years? Where do you think that we will actually be in five years? Viewing this interview may be extremely helpful and valuable to us as we contemplate our responses to those questions. Knowledge of our past and of the vision of the founders may serve as a beacon to guide our future course, to keep us true to their ideals, to keep us from straying too far afield of their intentions and dreams.

If you are interested in viewing the interview, please contact Bob Short, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 23 June 2018 23:30

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2018

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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.)

Saturday, 23 June 2018 20:46

We Are Corn and Beans

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Daniel Caño – Mayan Spiritual Guide

Here we are.

I am the corn

and you are the bean plant.

Your roots intertwine

with mine

underground,

and embracing

we flourish together

in this field

that is life.

Originally published in Daniel Caño’s Spanish/Mayan/English book of 
poetry, Savage Prayer. Reprinted with permission.

 

Saturday, 23 June 2018 18:43

A Buen Vivir Lent

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Patty Hinton – Midwest Regional Coordinator, St. Louis Chapter

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.

Read a book and reflect/pray on our connection with all  life. Check out Orbis books (http://www.orbisbooks.com) for some ideas.

Make it a point to use that leftover food and be conscious of not wasting.

Try a vegetarian life-style, if possible during all of Lent, or at least more often than on Fridays.

Fast more frequently, in varying degrees: skip lunch and send the money saved to Maryknoll projects.

Contact your state/local representatives and stand up against injustice. Many issues are described at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, maryknollogc.org.

Read NSFA or NTLH cover to cover, and pray for those mentioned.

Volunteer at a homeless shelter or food pantry/outreach program in your area.

May some of these ideas, and other ways you think of to connect with creation during Lent, bring a sense of new life to you this Easter.

 

Six hundred ICAN campaigners gather in Vienna ahead of the conference.

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.

Saturday, 23 June 2018 16:45

Spread the Word

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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:

  • Get Maryknoll magazine to schools/parishes?
  • Diocesan Mission Office—aware of Maryknoll?
  • Mission education in Catholic schools?
  • Maryknoll related service hours for confirmation
  • Work with Catholic colleges/universities or Newman Centers/campus ministers?

We will be talking with her and developing ideas. If you could help, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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