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Monday, 02 May 2016 23:17

Mary’s Call

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Mary Murphy, a Westchester Affiliate and one of the founders of the Maryknoll Affiliates, died February 7th at the age of 81. Mary taught Spanish at the high school and college level. She is also remembered as the co-founder, with Fr. John Hudert, MM, of the “Pachamama Farm” at Maryknoll. Ginny McEvoy shared Mary’s poem, from the December 1993 Not So Far Afield.

Monday, 29 February 2016 00:03

Planting Seeds of Wisdom

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Phil and Kathy Dahl-Bredine recently presented their new book, Milpa! From Seed to Salsa, to enthusiastic audiences on the East and West coasts of the US. Milpa is a four-year work of love, done with the indigenous people of Oaxaca, Mexico, where they have lived and worked for 15 years, first as Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and since 2010 with Instituto Paz. The book, written with campesino leader Jesus Leon Santos, with photos by Judith Haden and recipes arranged by Susana Trilling, heralds the values of the indigenous communities: respect for all beings—including Mother Earth, mutual aid, community service, complementarity, and buen vivir—alternatives to development focused on living well in a broad sense. The Dahl-Bredines say these indigenous values could be a way to save all of humanity from the over-consumptive, exploitive, and violent Western culture that is drowning us. Pope Francis echos this idea in Laudato Si, citing the important values of the indigenous peoples of the planet. 

The bilingual book has striking photos on almost every page and enticing, traditional recipes for holidays and specialties of the villages. The book is available through their nonprofit, Instituto Paz en Las Americas, 2645 Mountain View Rd. Silver City, NM 88061;
$40 covers purchase, shipping, and handling. 

Sunday, 28 February 2016 23:57

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2016

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

June 5-10 Robert J. Wicks, PsyD
Strengthening Your Inner Life in
Challenging Times  (3-day retreat and
3-day Reflection w/Resource Persons

June 12-17 Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD
Fire and Radiance of Teilhard      

June 19-24 Larry Lewis, MM. PhD
Mercy, Within Mercy, Within Mercy:
God’s Love Awaits our Response  

Jun 26-Jul 1 Christine M. Bochen, PhD
Spirituality of Thomas Merton

For the complete 2016 schedule, go to:  https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/

A tuition scholarship is available for any Affiliate who would like to attend but needs assistance. To inquire, use the Mission Institute email address below.

Even if you cannot attend a session, you may still enjoy Sr. Nonie Gutzler’s recent presentation. A six-CD  set of her talks is available for a donation of $20 to cover the cost of making/mailing them. To order, please contact Beth Begley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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.

Sunday, 28 February 2016 05:44

Mignon, Our Precious Friend

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Matt Rousso – New Orleans Chapter

Mignon Wolfe (82), a longtime Affiliate with the New Orleans Chapter, went home to God on January 2nd with a heart full of love and dressed with her red dancing shoes!  Mignon suffered a stroke in October 2015 and worked hard in therapy to recover her loss of memory. She returned home just before Christmas with the hope and motivation of being well again. Unfortunately, she had a second stroke on January 2nd and did not regain consciousness.

Mignon, a free spirit known for her energy, joy, and love of God, loved everyone as her best and “precious friend.” With a brother who is a former Maryknoller, naturally she joined our Affiliate group as soon as we began. As an Affiliate, Mignon was committed to Maryknoll and to our community, praying in earnest for each of us, especially during our involvement in mission immersion trips and other projects. We will miss Mignon—our precious friend.

 

Thursday, 24 December 2015 00:05

Are You a Card-Carrying Affiliate?

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Feel free to copy this card design if you wish.

People in business carry a business card. As an Affiliate, it makes sense to carry an Affiliate card. When we meet people with whom we’d like to connect in the future, we can offer them our card and ask for their contact information. If they don’t know about Maryknoll, giving them our card presents an opportunity to explain. 

You can print your own card or order some over the Internet. 

 

 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 23:58

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2016

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

May 8-13        Ann Braudis, MM, PhD
Evolutionary Spirituality
(Sacred Journey of the Earth)   

May 15-20      Judith Mayotte, PhD
Stewards of Our Earth in a
Changing Climate  

May 22-27       Peter C. Phan, PhD
Living Into Death - Dying into Life       

For the complete 2016 schedule, go to:  https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/

A tuition scholarship is available for any Affiliate who would like to attend but needs assistance. To inquire, contact the Maryknoll Mission Institute.

Even if you cannot attend a session, you may still enjoy Sr. Nonie Gutzler’s recent presentation. A six-CD  set of her talks is available for a donation of $20 to cover the cost of making/mailing them. To order, please contact Beth Begley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

 

 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 23:54

40 Years of MKLM

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Lucy Leety-Wheeler – MKLM Public Relations

Ossining NY: At their August, 2015, 40th Anniversary celebration, the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) highlighted mission outreach in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, emphasizing that all are united in God’s mission. Approximately 150 guests, including other Maryknollers and friends and supporters of MKLM, heard Dr. Susan Nagele’s views on Leading by Example: Shaping the Future of Mission.*

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 22:43

Reverse Mission*

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Jesus, perhaps disappointingly, gives no abstract theory of social justice. Instead, Jesus makes his life a concrete parable about how to live in this world. He demands of his first followers that they be living witnesses to a simple life on the edge of the dominant consciousness.

Jesus did not call us to the poor and to the pain only to be helpful; he called us to be in solidarity with the real, for our own transformation. It is often only after the fact we realize that they helped us in ways we never knew we needed. This is sometimes called “reverse mission.” The ones we think we are “saving” end up saving us, and in the process, redefine the very meaning of salvation!

Only near the poor, close to “the tears of things” as the Roman poet Virgil puts it, in solidarity with suffering, can we understand ourselves, love one another well, imitate Jesus, and live his full Gospel. The view from the top of anything is distorted by misperception, illusions, fear of falling, and a radical disconnection from the heart. You cannot risk staying there long.

As Thomas Merton said, “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”

*Used with permission. Italics added.  Excerpted from the August 26, 2015, reflection available from the Center for Action and Contemplation. To receive daily reflections by email, go to https://cac.org/sign-up.   This reflection was adapted from Richard Rohr’s Dancing Standing Still: Healing the World from a Place of Prayer (Paulist Press: 2014).
 
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:51

This Year I Resolve to Read More!

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Orbis Books recommends and has sent copies of:

        All Shall Be Well: Readings for Lent and Easter 

     Faith & Joy: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Priest by Fr. Fernando Cardenal

If you would like to write a review of one of these books, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:47

Year of Mercy

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To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, from December 8, 2015, through November 20, 2016, the end of the liturgical year and Feast of Christ the King, the Catholic Church around the world will proclaim God’s love and mercy, invoking God’s blessings and pardon. 

During the Year of Mercy, as missionary disciples through Baptism, you are invited to share mercy moments that you have witnessed or acts of mercy that you have offered to or received from others. The Maryknoll magazine will publish some submissions throughout the jubilee year. Mercy moments also can be posted to a special Maryknoll Mercy Moments web page: www.maryknollsociety.org/mercymoments

 

Excerpted from Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers’ Year of Mercy press release dated Dec. 7, 2015.
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