Maryknoll Affiliate News (150)

The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates

Friday, 26 May 2017 16:20

Fred & Jet.... ISIS in Mindanao

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You might have heard from recent news stories that ISIS-connected local insurgents in the southern Philippines attached Catholic/Christian Churches in Mindanao.

Columban Missionary F. Paul Glynn wrote the following:

"I feel the profound heartbreak of knowing that St. Mary's Cathedral, Marawi has been burned by ISIS-inspired terrorists.  The Vicar General of Marawi, Fr. Chito Suganob and other Catholics were abducted during the last Novena Mass yesterday afternoon.  A picture of them, still alive, was posted on Facebook this morning by the captives.  Nearby Dansalan College United Church of Christ was also burned and Christian staff taken as captives.  We are praying that the abductors will not kill any of them."

As many of you know, Fred, former Affiliate Executive Coordinator, and his wife Jet (along with former Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Chris Vertucci) have been doing mission work in the area of Mindanao for many years.  We believe they are safe, in a part of Mindanao fairly distant from where these frightening events took place.  Please send your thought and prayers to Jet, Chris, Fred and the people of the Philippines.

 

Affiliates are invited along with others to join in Maryknoll's interactive Advanced Formation Seminar using the lens of global solidarity to explore the intersection of ecology, migration and global economic justice through the pastoral circle and Theory U.  It will take place over 5 day August 7 - 11th in Los Altos, CA. 

For more information or to register go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edzaljhq59fecb94&llr=4wmvzncab

 

Sunday, 21 May 2017 01:30

Where Will We Be in 5 Years (or less)?

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A key question scheduled for the recent conference call between Board and Regional Coordinator members was: "Where do you want the Maryknoll Affiliates to be in five years?"  Board Chair Dave Schaffner suggested that to that questions 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 Affiliate Chapters will take up the question as well.

    
Agnes Walsh in Thailand

Agnes Walsh of the Long Island Chapter recently wrote to say that their Chapter will be addressing those two questions in their upcoming meeting on June 11th.  In her email, Agnes added, "When I read in 'Focusing-Spring 2017 '( A Publication of The Sisters of St. Joseph,Brentwood, New York, Dreaming a Grace Poem by Marlene Marburg,I though that this might be a way to spark a conversation about the above two questions. I wanted to share this idea with you as a possible way for other chapters to use for reflection and sharing."

This creative approach adds a new and expansive way of addressing those questions.  To see that Dreaming a Grace Poem that Agnes referenced, go to: http://brentwoodcsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Focusing-12.pdf

Thank you Agnes.

 

BUEN VIVIR

MAC 2017 could well be a pivotal time for the Affiliate Movement and for us as individual participants.  In addition to being a time to come together again since MAC 2014 (always an inspirational moment) this Conference is the first to take place outside the U.S. in a beautiful setting (Verbo Encarnado) within a  country and people that have a great deal to share with and teach all of us.  Just stepping into this rich culture would alone be an exciting and worthwhile adventure.  What makes MAC 2017 even more pivotal for the movement and for each of us, is the very thoughtful - carefully organized - fun-filled - faith-centered and engaging development of theme and schedule that the Guatemalan Conference Committee (GCC) has prepared.

The Theme is Buen Vivir - Living Life to the Full... In whatever space we as an Affiliate movement or as individuals find ourselves today, this is always something we need to bring to mind and heart.

Here are some of the specific goals developed and translated by the GCC:

  1. To share as a community our accomplishments in mission.
  2. To ger out of our routine and see clearly our future.
  3. To fight the paralization of hope.
  4. To increase our faith in human beings.
  5. To create a communitarian joy to achieve brotherhood and sisterhood.
  6. To help us to change our hearts, minds, souls and power structures and create a road of light and hope with the disenfranchised.

If you would like to register for MAC 2017, go to: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores

For Questions, contact Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Learn about new 2.5 year international placements with Maryknoll Lay Missioners!
Join the webinar May 25, 2017 2:00 PM EDT

Click HERE to register

Join us for this webinar to learn about the exciting journey of international mission service with Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM), including new 2.5 year placement options.  As you may know, Maryknoll Lay Missioners are called to live and work with poor communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world. The Maryknoll Lay Missioners are men, women, couples and families brought together by a common desire to live simply, walk humbly, be transformed through encounters with other peoples and cultures, and seek God in the sacred ground of the other.

Register today to explore what may be the next great adventure in your life! 

If you are interested in learning more about MKLM, you can also visit our website: MKLM.ORG or contact 

Saturday, 06 May 2017 22:56

Developing Global Consciousness

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Are we in an interim time (as poet and philosopher John O'Donohue has named it) where, "The path you took to get here has washed out;
The way forward is still concealed from you.' What are the elements of a new consciousness?

About every 6 weeks under the heading “Developing Global Consciousness” in the blue side bar on the Affiliate website home page, there is a new posting that addresses this area. We are very grateful to Sister Theresa Baldini of the Maryknoll Contemplative Community for sending these our way.  The specific topics vary considerably, but the focus is always on new paradigms for living consciously in our world today.

Over the last two years this section has featured Living into a New Consciousness.  Maryknoll Sister Helene O’Sullivan, MM, has done several précises of many recently published books in this arena.  Her latest, in that section on the website is on Diarmuid O’Murchu’s insightful book, on Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect for Refounding.  Even if you are not in religious life, you'll find many levels of application for your own life. What follows are a few excerpts from Chapter two of O’Murchu’s book

To go directly to that section, click on this link: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/developing-global-consciousness.html

Maryknoll priest Gene Toland MM  wrote the following about Pope Francis' Ted Talk:

"Take a few deep breathes and don’t let the day go by without watching this….better than a 30 day retreat, a month of sessions of therapy, or weeks of struggle to figure out how you fit into the world and what you are called to be wherever and whatever you do. Gather your friends, and children to hear words of wisdom that speak to power, the seekers, the confused and all who feel left out."
 
To watch the talk, click on this link: https://goo.gl/ZJwuZq
 
 
 
Friday, 21 April 2017 21:44

Updates - April 24, 2017

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  1. Affiliate Board Meeting - May 5-7 - if you'd like to address comments or questions to the Board, contact Bob Short: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Peru Disaster Relief - Thanks to the incredible generosity of Affiliates, over $5,500 was raised.  Maryknoll Latin American Regional, Joe Fedora MM, has volunteered to distribute the money (in two distributions) to the Affiliates there.  Carlos Apcho, the spokes person in this effort for the Affiliates, has written to let us know that 8 Affiliates have already headed to the Department of Ancash in the north were so much of the devastation has taken place. They will be staying there and working with the people on many levels to help rebuild the villages. The Peruvian Affiliates have expressed their extreme gratitude for the solidarity that Affiliates in the U.S. and around the world have shown to them.
  3. MAC2017 - to date, 53 U.S. based Affiliates (including some presently living in other countries) and 20 Guatemalans have registered.  
    1. To register go to: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores
    2. To request a Travel/Tuition Grant go to: https://goo.gl/aAzIoW
    3. To view a video of the Venue (Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado) go to the Affiliate Home Page and click on the video there: www.maryknollaffiliates.org
Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:04

MAC2017 - Early April Update

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As of April 9th we are approaching 60 registrations for the Conference - November 9 - 12, 2017.  About 1/2 of those

who registered have also signed up for one of the Mission Visits.  Below are links associated with the Conference:

TO REGISTER (Including for the Mission Visits):  http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores

TO MAKE PAYMENT: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b378aa_7035107115e84cbdabd698faa8a9d2e5.pdf

TO REQUEST A TUITION/TRAVEL GRANT: https://goo.gl/aAzIoW

 

TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE VENUEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmZem8wd50&feature=youtu.be

If you have questions, please contact Bob Short at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 31 March 2017 20:09

April 2017 Updates

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April Updates - Week One

  1. Alpharetta, GA on June 3 - Gerald and Marita Grudzen, who are in the process of initiating a Chapter in Kenya (probably a hybrid virtual chapter) 
    will be speaking about their present work in Kenya at a major international conference on relations between Christians and Muslims and its relationship to Human Rights violations in various parts of the world. The title of the conference is Interreligious Dialogue and Human Rights: Affirming our Solidarity.  It will take place at the Istanbul Cultural Center is 551 N. Main St., Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA.

 

  1. MAC 2017 - It is exciting to report that registrations for this wonderful event - a one-time-in-a-life opportunity for many - are coming in from the U.S and abroad.  Additional information on specific details will continue to be posted.  However, if you have any questions, please feel free to write Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In order to get a better sense for the beautiful venue site, click on the link that follows.  The Youtube video is in Spanish (you can see how many words you can capture) and gives a pretty thorough look at the inside and outside grounds of Verbo Encarnado. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmZem8wd50&feature=youtu.be

     

  2. Peru Disaster Relief Drive - the recently posted request for support from Affiliates to, in turn, support the Affiliates in Peru who are helping their people suffering from disastrous floods and landslides, has realized a more wonderful, fruitful response than we could have imagined.  The number of Affiliates who have contributed and the amount contributed is, again, beyond expectation.  The Affiliates in Lima and Arequipa will be surprised and elated with the solidarity shown by their sisters and brothers here.  We are in the process of working out the details to make this a efficacious undertaking.  Fr. Joe Fedora MM, in Peru has graciously volunteered to help with the distribution of funds over time.  As the money is still coming in, we do not yet have a total count, but it is more than sufficient to the need and therefore this short-term fund raising drive will be over as of Tuesday, April 4th. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY!!  Weather reports from Peru are predicting continuous heavy rain for the next two weeks with a possible additional bout in August.  Please continue to pray for the people of Peru.  There are many videos portraying what is happening in the country (Huaicos/Huayos = landslides).  Here is one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLuoWPryh0
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