We are currently seeking nominations of individuals for appointment to the Maryknoll Affiliate Board. We need members who are dedicated to serving the Affiliate movement and who will share our commitment to building a strong and sustainable organization.
It was an honor and privilege to represent the Maryknoll Affiliates as an observer to the 13th General Chapter of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers held September 2014.
The entire Chapter proceedings were imbued with the spirit of prayer to discern what the Spirit is calling Maryknoll to today in her mission endeavors. Pope Francis, in Joy of the Gospel (#262) states that good discernment requires “the ability to cultivate an interior space which can give a Christian meaning to commitment and activity.” The Chapter meetings included an opening Eucharist and retreat, daily Morning Prayer, and a meditation from Joy of the Gospel. Each day closed with a Celebration of the Eucharist and special evening prayer services which recognized the Maryknoll martyrs, Fr. Gerard Donovan martyred in 1938 in China to Sr. Maura Clarke and Sr. Ita Ford martyred in 1990 in El Salvador.
The Phoenix Chapter began the year in January with a Retreat Day in which we discussed the "Four Pillars" and the "Stages of Prophetic Mystical Communities" that Fr. Jack Sullivan, M.M. gave to us last year. We had a convenant signing ceremony for two new members and concluded with the Eucharist with Fr. Scott Harris, M.M. Our monthly meetings are varied, we generally reflect on topics in the "Not So Far Afield" Newsletter, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns Newsletter, and Maryknoll Magazine. Karen Delio from Boston Affiliates shared with us her young adult experience of being an affiliate as well as her studies at Thunderbird School of Global Management. We spent two meetings on Hydrofracking, viewing the documentary "Gasland" and discussing appropriate responses to it. Bishop Remi De Roo, retired Bishop of Victoria, Canada visited us and spoke on keeping the vision of Vatican II alive in our various ministries. Bishop De Roo was the youngest Canadian bishop to attend the Second Vatican Council. Members shared their experiences in attending the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference, "Proclaim Jubilee: Companions on the Journey." We reviewed the "Appreciative Inquiry Process: Promoting Engagement & Growth in our Affiliate Movement. We were not able to cover much at our monthly meetings and decided to spend an extended time on it at our January 2012 Retreat Day.