Saturday, 27 April 2019 17:03

Maryknoll Leads Them to Action

Mary and Manny Hotchkiss - Portland Chapter

The Las Vegas Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter formed 15 years ago after Los Angeles Affiliates Lee and Punch Fermin moved to Las Vegas. The group has now grown to ten people, including four nurses and a recently retired doctor. We were fortunate to gather over a casual dinner with Lee and Punch Fermin, Nicet Santos, and Evelyn Pua. Nicet explained, “Many of us knew about Maryknoll and the Sisters and Fathers from when we were growing up in the Philippines.”

Affiliates gathered in Las Vegas: Manny Hotchkiss, Lee Fermin, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Punch Fermin, Nicet Santos, and Evelyn Pua

This is a chapter of busy, mostly retired people. They gather to share their lives and support each other. Many of their other activities are spiritually oriented. Their dedication belies the Las Vegas nickname of Sin City.

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Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:40

Greetings from Peru

Hugo Castro Campos - Niño Jesús Chapter, Lima


Father Kyungsu Son poses with Bartimeo students and support team in front of the men’s prison in Lima, Peru.

Hello, we twenty Affiliates of Capítulo Niño Jesús are former catechists of the Parish of the Child Jesus, where Maryknoll Fathers worked in the past. We meet the first Sunday of each month.

We are collaborating and helping in a couple of areas. A group of us collaborates at Casa Bartimeo, which is directed by the Maryknoll father, Kyungsu Son, MM. There they train the visually impaired in massage therapy through both theory classes and practice.* In other projects, we work with elders and with young people at the secondary level of Colegio Estatal.

 

* See the article, “Casa Bartimeo, A light of hope for the blind in Peru,” in the March 2017 issue of 
Maryknoll Magazine. The above photo was reprinted from this article.
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Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:33

Covenant Continues

Gail Kelley – Misioneras Hispanas Chapter

Photo by Gloria Tan

On February 18, 2019, 13 of the 15 members of the Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter Misioneras Hispanas Santa Maria, founded in 2011, gathered together. They renewed their Covenant to be missionaries in the spirit of the Maryknoll Mission Movement: to bring Christ’s words and love to where it is not known, especially to the poor and unempowered, while living a life of simplicity, spirituality, global vision, community and action. They are unique among the 36 Affiliate Chapters in the United States in that their membership is comprised of all Latina women, working within a Parish structure. Their mission is the evangelization of Hispanic people living in the fourteen trailer parks around the Wilmington Area.  

Melita Angel and Gloria Tan, the present and past coordinators, worked with Norma Rivera, the Basilica of St. Mary’s coordinator of Spanish Ministries, to define this unaddressed need. Father Chesco Garcia, the Parochial Vicar of the Basilica of St. Mary’s, blessed the women before their Covenant was received and accepted by Gail Kelley, representing the Maryknoll Affiliates’ local Regional Coordinator and the Executive Coordinator. 

Gail pointed out that these women were walking in the footsteps of the “Tar Heel Apostle”—Father Thomas Price. Father Price, the first North Carolinian ordained to the priesthood, was born in Wilmington. Eventually becoming the Co-Founder of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, he is being proposed for canonization and is represented by the Raleigh Diocese. 

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Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:28

A Special Visitor from Tanzania

Mary Moritz and Shelby Miller - NE Florida Chapter

The Northeast Florida Affiliate Chapter was blessed to have Sister Mariana Clemence from Tanzania speak at the April meeting. She is a Franciscan Sister of St. Bernadette, and a parish in St. Augustine, Florida sponsored her trip to the US. Sister Mariana said the order has 220 active Sisters and almost 50 more women are preparing to join them.

Sister spoke of the many ways the Sisters reach out to the poor and needy in Tanzania, in the spirit of both St. Francis of Assisi and St. Bernadette. These include educational and medical work, as well as caring for orphans, lepers, and refugees. The Sisters don’t wait for poor people to come to them for help but travel to the smaller villages to “find them in their environment.” She noted that the many African dialects make communication difficult and impressed us with her command of English, her third language.

Sister Mariana helps unemployed youths and single mothers become self-employed and works on projects to provide reliable and clean water, the lack of which leads to water-borne diseases.

Chauffeur Brian Schoonover and Sr. Mariana Clemence

As Affiliate Brian Schoonover drove Sister Mariana to our meeting, she asked him the cost of the minivan that they were riding in. When he told her that it was a $30,000 car when new, she gasped and said, “Do you know how many houses that could buy where I live?”

We were all reminded of how much we have and how our lives are very different from those of the people whom Sister Mariana serves. But despite the poverty that Sister confronts daily, her smile never left her face. As we listened to her, we shared a wonderful bag of cashews that she had brought from Tanzania. We also enjoyed seeing her wear a Flagler College sweatshirt over her habit, a gift to her from Brian, her “chauffeur.” Affiliate Shelby Miller concluded that “Sister is a warm, generous, and joyful woman, firm in her faith and vocation.” Our understanding of life in Tanzania was enhanced by Sister’s open sharing with us.

 

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Friday, 28 December 2018 04:42

Update from Missoula

Barb and Hans Zuuring – Missoula Affiliates

This has been a busy year for us, with involvement in several issues, but also a time for celebration.

  • Active Nonviolence. In March, University of Montana’s Christ the King Newman Center  presented Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International, speaking on “Active Nonviolence: A Paradigm Shift to a More Peaceful World.”  Focusing on social justice, she urged a move beyond violence and perpetual war, with references to the book, Opting Out of War: Strategies to Prevent Violent Conflict, by Mary B. Anderson and Marshall Wallace. Nonviolence is based on the beatitudes: “Be the change you wish to see in this world!”
  • Death Penalty. Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of “Dead Man Walking” will deliver the fall 2018 lecture on November 6th and will address her work on abolition of the death penalty.
  • Immigration. We have participated in two demonstrations in support of migrants at our borders and against unlawful detention of migrants, and we plan to host a forum at Blessed Trinity parish in the fall.
  • 40th Anniversary. We visited with Father Stephen Judd, MM, at his recent celebration of 40 years as a Maryknoll missioner, hosted by his brother Marti and wife Betsy of Missoula. Surprisingly, we still had a copy of the July/August 1995 Maryknoll magazine with Fr. Judd on its cover. He was in rural Chile holding aloft the “cross of life,” with the caption, “Studded with locally produced grains and fruits, the cross symbolizes God’s encompassing love for all people and all creation.” That issue’s theme, Welcoming the Stranger, explored the “challenge to care for both immigrants and refugees in an increasingly hostile society.”

 

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 03:10

Affiliates in Action – Houston

A recent communication from Maryknoll Affiliate Robert Guice of Houston shows what active missioners the Houston Affiliates are:

In January, Dick Horstman joined a group of parishioners to take more than 100 gifts to the children of Piedras Negras, help at a soup kitchen, and deliver other gifts to an orphanage there. In March and April, he helped take youth and adults from four different high schools and a parish on mission trips to Eagle Pass, near the US/Mexico border.

Bob and Ruth Kleeman also went on a mission trip to Eagle Pass at a different time in March.

Ron Covey continues spending considerable time at his mission, Caminando Por La Paz in Guatemala City, where they work in many ways to be good neighbors, including tutoring 60 young students and distributing free shoes. Ron and Robert also staffed the Maryknoll Booth at a Vocation Expo at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. In July, Ron and Henry Yu will staff the “Sweatshop” booth at the Diocesan Youth Conference.

Several members will be traveling to Guatemala in November to participate in MAC 2017. If you will be there, too, plan to chat with the Houston Affiliates for ideas to take home to your own chapter.

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 17:27

Affiliate Retreat at Watch Hill

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Some retreat attendees: L to R, Top row: Mark Morrison, Joan Crowley
Row 2: Ann Braudis, MM (presenter), Mary Ford (MEF), Jane Dubois, Kathy Morrison
Row 3: Myra Green; Front row: Bill Wheeler, Bill Murphy, James Comes, Monique Cerundolo

The Greater Boston Affiliate Chapter held their annual retreat in mid-November at the Maryknoll Sisters’ retreat/vacation house in Watch Hill, RI.  The retreat followed the 2016 election by only a few days, and the 14 Affiliate participants from five New England states arrived feeling rattled, despondent and holding emotions not felt in a long time.  Thankfully, retreats, if they are good, have a way of opening our minds and souls to deeper, more hope-filled realities.  This retreat surely did that.  What’s more, the physical setting, with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean accessible from many vantage points within the spacious house; and, outside, a leaf covered pathway that led one to that ocean shore in just minutes, politely colluded to usher in a sense of, “It’ll all be ok.”  

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 14:53

Learning about Immigration and Refugees

Marie Wren discusses immigration with Manny Hotchkiss,
our newest Maryknoll Affiliate Board member.

Marie Wren, of The San Francisco /North Bay Chapter, shared that in past years their chapter has organized presentations at the parish where they meet. These included a three-part series on Catholic social teaching, and a “Meet Maryknoll” evening. Other parishes in the diocese and schools and colleges were invited. 

For 2017, the chapter members are educating themselves regarding immigration and refugees, and they are planning an evening presentation on these topics with the hope that the parish may sponsor a refugee family. 

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 06:42

Seattle Chapter: Working Together

In Seattle, Fr. Tom Marti, MM, and Anna Clarke Johnson,
Team Leader for the Western Region,
Maryknoll US Mission Education

Connections. The Seattle Chapter makes a point of maintaining contacts with missioners in the field and contributing to mission efforts. Ralph Maughan (Western Region Co-coordinator) will be connecting with Br. Tim Raible, MM, and Br. John Beeching, MM, in Bangkok, Thailand, in early 2017. For many years, Br. Tim was assigned to mission promotion from the Seattle Maryknoll House, where the Seattle Chapter meets. 

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 06:35

Connecting in Claremont

Enjoying sunshine, good food, and companionship are attendees, l to r: Kathee Bautista, Paula Schaffner, Jean and Hugh Minton, David Schaffner, and Richard Perez.

On their way to visit family, Affiliate Board Chair David Schaffner and his wife, NSFA co-editor Paula, enjoyed a newsy lunch with California Regional Coordinators Hugh and Jean Menton and other Los Angeles Chapter Affiliates. Kathee Bautista is working on a human trafficking project, and Richard Perez talked of his long-time ties to Maryknoll. 

The Sierra Club has revived its midwinter, midnight walk among the homeless of Skid Row, and many LA Chapter members plan to join them. As a new member of the Los Angeles Chapter, Jean Minton had written  about the walk in the March/April 2013 NSFA article, “LA – Sierra Club Skid Row Walk,”  p. 5. 

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