Robert Short

Robert Short

Sunday, 02 September 2018 14:26

Houston - A Week in Mission

Maryknoll Affiliate Mission

Related imageAn opportunity to spend a week with fellow-Maryknoll Affiliates in prayer, reflection, comaraderie, and service to the poorest of the poor.  A week in Mission!

If you are thinking of joining other Affiliates in Houston, please contact Dick or Bob (emails below) to register or for further information.  The number of participants is limited to 24

Sponsored By – Houston Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter

When – Sunday, November 11, to Saturday, November 17

Where – Brazoria County, Texas (just South of Houston)

FURTHER INFORMATION (repeated from previous post):

Tools – Will be provided (unless you are driving, then bring them if you have them)

What to Bring – Clothes (including work clothes), toiletries and towels

Weather – average high in November is 74 and average low 52

Capacity – 24 missioners – The Cameron House has six suites; each suite has two rooms, a full bath, and four single beds   

More Information – Contact Bob Kleeman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dick Horstman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

To register – Contact Dick Horstman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  

Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:30

The Dance Alone

They Dance Alone (Sting)

Kitty Madden, who has spent over 30 years of her life in Nicaragua as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner and, for most of that time, as an Affiliate, forwarded this link. It’s a moving song by Sting (1990) remembering the mothers of Chile during the time of Pinochet.  Kitty wrote that, “They Dance Alone brings us hope for the mothers and all the people of Nicaragua and for all the mothers (and fathers) seeking to be reunited with their children from whom they were separated there in the U.S. at the border.”

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h4d-vB6NzI

 

Friday, 10 August 2018 12:43

A WEEK IN MISSION!

Maryknoll Affiliate Mission

An opportunity to spend a week with fellow-Maryknoll Affiliates in prayer, reflection, comaraderie, and service to the poorest of the poor.  A week in Mission!

Sponsored By – Houston Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter

Spiritual Director – Father Gerry Kelly, MM

WhenSunday, November 11, to Saturday, November 17

Where – Brazoria County, Texas (just South of Houston)

Outreach – To assist in the repair of homes in Holiday Lakes, a rural, immigrant community badly damaged by the flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey.

 

Work – No special skills required.   Work is likely to be installing drywall, painting and clean-up.

Where Are We Staying? – Cameron House, a modern facility owned by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the former home of the Basilian Fathers in Brazoria County - located in a rural area six miles from Holiday Lakes.

Cost of Staying at the Cameron House - $0

Cost of Meals - $25.00/day - includes 3 meals (including drinks) and snacks

Airfare (if you are flying to Houston) – Participants will arrange and pay for their own air travel to Houston.

Ground Transportation (if you are flying to Houston) – Will be organized once we know your flight arrangements.   If we need to rent a van, that cost will be shared.  

Tools – Will be provided (unless you are driving, then bring them if you have them)

What to Bring – Clothes (including work clothes), toiletries and towels

Weather – average high in November is 74 and average low 52

Capacity – 24 missioners – The Cameron House has six suites; each suite has two rooms, a full bath, and four single beds   

More Information – Contact Bob Kleeman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dick Horstman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

To register – Contact Dick Horstman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 17:50

Free Webinar: Rejoice & Be Glad

Date: July 24, 2018
 
Time: 2:00 pm Eastern
 
 
Presenters:        Deacon Matt Dulka (green hat)
                        Associate Director
                        Maryknoll Church Engagement
 
                        Fr. Bob Jalbert, MM (white hat)
                        Director
                        Maryknoll Church Engagement
 
Cost: Free. Registration is required.
 
 
 
  We need a spirit of holiness capable of  filling both      our solitude and our service, our personal life and      our evangelizing efforts, so that every moment can    be an expression of self-sacrificing love in the         Lord’s   eyes. (Gaudete et Exsultate, para. 31)
 
 
Sunday, 01 July 2018 17:35

Families Belong Together!!

Families Together - New London CT June 30, 2018

On Saturday 6/30 Paula and Dave Schaffner participated in the Families Belong Together March/Rally in San Luis Obispo, CA with 500 – 1000 others who came out to express their voice against the administration policy (one of too many) that is separating children from their families.  The photo above was taken by Bob Short as people were gathering for a rally he attended in New London, CT. with 400-500 others from around that small city. 

If any of you had the chance to participate in a March or Rally in your local area for this cause, please send photos with captions to NSFA editor Paula Schaffner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 30 June 2018 12:35

What's Happening in Nicaragua

Below is a letter, slightly abridged, from Julio Martinez, nephew of Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books.  Kitty Madden provided the initial paragraph in italics. 

As a Maryknoll Affiliate who has been living and working in Matagalpa, Nicaragua for the past 32+years (3 of those years as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner), I totally concur with Julio’s letter of concern and am grateful for the careful documentation he provides as a way of helping to educate the Maryknoll community about the desperate situation of Nicaraguans today.  Please also keep us in your daily prayers. (Kitty Madden)

Hi family, 

As mentioned on the phone, the situation in Nicaragua hasn’t improved over the past 2 months, and the latest death toll has reached 285 since April 18th. I won’t describe the circumstances much, since you’ll read that in the articles, but I’ll at least mention that these deaths have occurred almost exclusively among unarmed protesters who were met by heavily-armed government forces. 

While international press seems to be reporting fairly, we are seeing an unexpected response from progressive groups with historical ties to the Sandinista Party (because of what this party used to be during the 1980s), some of which go as far as touting government talking points and blaming the situation on a right-wing, CIA-funded campaign, rather than a popular uprising against government authoritarianism. This has us in Nicaragua very worried since the situation seems to be getting worse, and it is important for this government to be isolated internationally if it is expected to back down. This is why I was hoping that I could ask you for help. An important objective now is to get as many international progressive groups as possible, especially those that have historical ties to the Sandinista party, to denounce this government repression in Nicaragua, and where applicable, publicly cut ties with the party. If any of you had ties to these kinds of groups, and could help me get this message to them, i would be extremely grateful. I could facilitate any information that they would need in order to clarify, including getting them in touch with former Sandinista leaders (virtually all of whom are now against the regime) if that would help.   

Please let me know if you would have any comments or questions and thank you so much for your help. 

Much love, 

Julio

News Sources

The Atlantic: The Unraveling of Nicaragua (June 6)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/06/nicaragua-ortega-protests/562094/

Amnesty International: Shoot to Kill: NICARAGUA’S STRATEGY TO REPRESS PROTESTS. (May 29) 

https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/AMR4384702018ENGLISH.PDF

 

Sunday, 24 June 2018 11:48

Some Notes on the Future

In a recent conversation with Teresa Baldini MM on possible new directions for Maryknoll, she shared the thoughts (not the cartoon) below:

I believe the future has invited us to embrace communal contemplation anew so that we can enter the crucible herein our unknown future and the Love that compels us forward are being put to the fire! (Nancy Sylvester, IHM)

Dwell in Possibility…

Not knowing when the dawn will come,

I open every door of my heart this day.

(Emily Dickinson)

Our role is not only to ease suffering, bind up wounds and feed the hungry, but through every form of effort to raise the powers of LOVE upward to the next state of consciousness!  (Teilhard de Chardin, SJ)

Please pray for me, one whose life is filled with many tasks, while her soul is lost in God. (Mother Mary Joseph)

We need to be among those who have courage to go out on a limb, for that is where the fruit is. (Mary Luke Tobin, SJ)

We are called to a new vision of collaboration involving a communion of people with the maximum of diversity. (Cletus Wessels, OP)

Deep within we long for unity because, at the most fundamental level, we are already one. We belong to one another because we have the same source of lover; the love that flows through the trees is the same love that flowers through my being… We are deeply connected in this flow of love, beginning on the level of nature where we are the closest of kin because the Earth is our mother. (Teresa Baldini MM)

The need for justice and peace for the Palestinian (and Israeli) people is way overdue.  We need all of those interested in helping bring about a more just situation to join together and try to make sure the U.S. government becomes a positive player for justice and peace in that region.

To do this, we need many advocates in every Congressional District in the country to let our Senators, Congress people and other pertinent government leaders know what they can do to promote justice and peace in this area of the world and that we oppose U.S. government actions that further the injustice and lack of peace in the area.

Therefore, the Pax Christi International Washington Working Group, of which PCUSA is a key member (along with the Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd), is setting up a national grassroots advocacy network.  Its initial aims are simple - to get at least two Catholics in as many of the 435 Congressional districts in the country as possible to agree to try to advocate by e-mail (or in other ways) with either their Senators and Congressperson (or another relevant government leaders) at least once per month.  

Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:10

EASY MEETING - VISION

EASY MEETING: VISIONING THE AFFILIATES

(Vision photo by Paula Schaffner)

Join the Maryknoll Affiliate Board in envisioning our future.

Preparation

1. Read through these two pages.

2. Plan who will read the passages and prayers.

3. Determine who will lead the discussions.

4. Gather markers, a ip chart or large sheets of paper and tape, and pens and paper for individual use. .

Meeting Plan

Opening Prayer:

A member reads these excerpts from Marlene Marburg’s poem, “Dreaming a Grace”:

I imagine a place
people gathering, sharing their deep desires
for the way things can be
in this world at this time
in places
where a new consciousness of God in all things
is emerging.

Reading:

While visioning at their May meeting, our Maryknoll Af liate Board discussed:

  • Where will the Af liates be in 5 years?

  • Where do we want the Af liates to be in 5 years?

  • Name 1-3 action steps to get there.

    The Af liate movement, as are all of us, is challenged by an evolving world. The Board was excited by the possibilities presented by the actions of international chapters and our ever greater collaboration with the other Maryknoll entities. The Board wants to broaden the conversation to include input from Af liate chapters and individuals. In response, Bob Short posted the article, “Where Will We Be in 5 Years (or less)?” It reads:

    A key question scheduled for the recent conference call between Board and Regional Coordinator members was: “Where do you want the Maryknoll Af liates to be in ve years?” Board Chair Dave Schaffner suggested that to that question, we attach a second one: “Where do you think we will be in 5 years?” They are critical questions for all of us to consider. Hopefully many Af liate Chapters will take up the question as well.

[To see the full Easy Meeting plan you can: (1) go to the latest (September/October 2017) printed edition of NSFA - pages 6 & 7.   (2) go to the online version of NSFA at this link: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/news/not-so-far-afield/item/1686-easy-meeting-visioning-the-affiliates.html]

Saturday, 09 September 2017 15:32

Our Earth & Its People

P. Ignacio Ellacuria's vision of taking the crucified people off the crossThis post is being written after hurricane Harvey; after Mexico’s most devastating earthquake in half a century; after the devastating floods of South Asia; during hurricanes Irma and Jose, but before Irma makes landfall in Florida.  All these have taken place within weeks of each other. We are undoubtedly leaving out other horrific ‘natural’ events in places that rarely make the news.  Tens of millions of lives have been affected. 

All this could lead us in many directions about what in the world is going on – the impact of climate change, humanity’s kindness to each other, humanity’s exploitation of the poor and marginalized, etc. – but at this moment we simply hold all these people in our hearts, particularly those who have little resources or support.

Considering our sister/brother Affiliates and other Maryknollers, we pray for the recovery of those in the Houston Chapter; for the safety of those (many evacuated) in the Northeast Florida Chapter; and most especially, for Mary (79) & Pat (82) Gill-Denevan from the Portland, OR Chapter who have been working  in Oaxaca Mexico for many years.  Some of us received their 51st Newsletter a few days ago.  Thankfully, word just came in from Mary that they are well and with little damage to their house.  She asks for prayers for those near the coast who experienced significant damage. Here’s a quote from Mary copied from their newsletter: 

“The biggest lesson in my life right now is the holding in tension all the best and worst of reality. I know the big plan is beyond me but trust it will work out in Let us all keep the learning that love triumphs in crisis and hope we don’t need continual crises to remember that the present evolution..”

The photo reflects a vision by Padre Ignacio Ellacuria S.J., who was murdered in El Salvador (1989)

 

 

 

 

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