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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.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:31

Silent*

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When they came for the undocumented,

I remained silent;

I was legal.

 

When they came for the gays,

I remained silent;

I was straight.

 

When they came for the sick,

I remained silent;

I was insured.

 

When they came for the Muslims

I remained silent... 

 

*Inspired by Martin Niemöller’s famous quote.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:23

Maryknoll Mission Institute

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The Mission Institute offers a dozen programs during 2017: 

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

July 16-21 Kevin G. Ahern, PhD

(Sun.- Fri.) Communities of Grace: Revitalizing the Lay Apostolate

July 23-28 Catherine Vincie, RSHM, PhD

(Sun.- Fri.) The New Cosmology and its Impact on Theology and Worship  

Aug. 21-24 – Los Altos, CA: Michael Crosby, OFMCap

(Mon.-Thur.) Moving into the Mystical As We Mature 

Sept. 4-8 – Monrovia, CAMickey McGrath, OSFS

(Sun.- Fri.) Green Hearts and Souls: Ecology and Wise Holy Women

 

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

PO 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.

 

 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:19

Come Pray, Study, Act with Us

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Lent gives us a chance to grow in our relationship with God. The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns offers us the means to a fruitful Lenten experience in the 2017 Lenten Reflection Guide (maryknollogc.org/resources/lenten-reflection-guide-2017).  

Containing reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading, it incorporates written reflections and discussions by 83 Catholic peacemakers who attended the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in April 2016. This guide can be used individually or in small groups to reflect upon our life patterns, to pray more deeply, and renew our spirits to face the realities of our world.  

Saturday, 31 December 2016 06:29

Living in Bubbles

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Kitty Schiltz – Seattle Chapter

A review of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild, The New Press, New York, 2016.

For the last five years, Arlie Russell Hochschild, a sociology professor from Berkeley, listened to, observed, and became friends with the people in the Louisiana bayou—Tea Party country. Her sociological study provides insight into the almost inevitable election of Trump. In her words, the political climate was “like a pile of dry kindling waiting for a spark to ignite it.” Hochschild’s stories flesh out her exhaustive study of the Louisiana bayou people who live in a very petrochemically polluted, poverty-riddled area.

We may feel really good living in our little isolated bubble. But there are many bubbles, large and small. How big is our family? We feel good when we are within our bubble, but Professor Hochschild’s study asks us to go outside our comfort bubble and be with others.

Strangers in Our Own Land speaks to a missioner’s approach when entering another culture. Quoting Max Warren, of The Church of Ireland Missionary Society, “Our first task in approaching another culture, another religion, is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we may find ourselves treading on other peoples dreams. More serious still, we may forget that God was here before our arrival.” 

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. 

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