The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates
SAVE THE DATE
You are invited to participate in a NE regional meeting at Maryknoll on April 21st. The theme of the day-long meeting will be Balance: Balance in our own lives and Balance in our Affiliate Chapters. Join us for an informative and interactive conference with a contemplative eye on the present and a collective eye on the future. As the Affiliate board and all the entities look ahead, we believe we must also pay attention to the present; what works, what doesn't and what ideas can be shared among the NE chapters. Chapter contacts in the region will soon be receiving a conference schedule which will include details on how to register. Hope to see you at the Maryknoll Sister's campus in April.
WHO ARE WE?
Affiliates are those committed to Christian ideals
who have a strong desire for bondedness in community
who want to participate in Maryknoll's mission to the poor
in its global and local dimensions
Affiliates are people of prayer
committed to continuous formation in their spirituality in their sense of mission
aware of the continuous creative tension between being and doing
Affiliates want to be part of the 21st century Maryknoll movement
of Maryknoll's new, developing understanding of its charism which
moves beyond Congregation, Lay Missioners and Society and is led
by the Spirit to be open to new possibilities of expression
Affiliates bring a uniqueness to this charism while pursuing their life's journey
Affiliates are willing to claim Maryknoll and want Maryknoll to claim them.
They offer and seek a relationship based on mutuality, on trust patience, and presence
matching needs with resources and are willing to enter into healthy,
creative tension in working out this relationship
The relationship between the Affiliates and the Maryknoll members is to
empower both parties to be connected to the people they both serve:
in global vision, spirituality, community, and mission action.
The Covenant is a means of expressing the mutual relationship in which
Maryknoll and Affiliates covenant to each other
Maryknoll Affiliates & Just Faith
A number of Affiliates have been or still are members of Just Faith Ministries (JFM). Over the last several years the Maryknoll entities – Sisters, Fathers/Brothers, Lay Missioners – with ourselves joining in, have had a contractual arrangement with JFM that we anticipate with be mutually beneficial for both Maryknoll and JFM. The respective visions of the two organizations overlap in many ways.
If you are unfamiliar with JFM, here is brief statement of how they define themselves:
JustFaith is an intensive, small-group process for faithful Christians looking to deepen their commitment to care for vulnerable people and our planet. Through prayer, study, dialogue, and immersions, participants form community as they explore critical realities and their implications to their lives and their faith. JustFaith is designed for use in diverse Christian communities.
You can learn more from this link: https://justfaith.org/about-us/ We are very grateful to have Beth Begley as our Affiliate liaison with Just Faith.
To say it quickly, for this relationship with JFM to be worthwhile, we need them to let us know (1) When and where they are sponsoring workshops. Are some of them near Affiliate Chapters. (2) Can an Affiliate (or other Maryknoller) be invited to give a talk or otherwise participate in some way?
Do any of you, especially those who know JFM, have additional suggestions?
Oh… JFM is looking for a new Executive Director. If you are interested? See: https://justfaith.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ED-Job-Announcement-and-Description.pdf
Affiliate Book Group to resume after Easter
If you are considering joining the book group this year, please briefly respond to the following:
Thomas Berry, modern spiritual masters series
Thomas Berry (1914-2009 priest, a "geologian," and a historian of religions, was an early and significant voice awakening religious sensibilities to the environmental crisis. He is particularly well-known for articulating a "universe story" that explores the world-changing implications of contemporary science. Berry pointed the way to an ecological spirituality attuned to our place in nature and giving rise to an ethic of responsibility and care for the Earth.
Faith in the Face of Empire
WINNER, CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD - SCRIPTURE (POPULAR) Honorable Mention
"Both an accessible introduction to the subject and an eloquent reminder for those more familiar with the subject this book deserves a wide audience."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Through Palestinian eyes, a challenging view of how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict.
(1925-1964) is widely regarded as one of the great American writers of the twentieth century, author of singular short stories (including "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and "The Life You Save May Be Your Own") and two novels (Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away). Only in 1979, however, with the publication of her collected letters, could the public fully see the depth of her personal faith and her wisdom as a spiritual guide.
A Sense of Wonder
"While the spiritual may be hard to describe 'except with such ephemeral gossamer murk as epiphany, or awakening or shiver of the heart,' notes editor Doyle, this essay collection demonstrates how effectively good writers can capture wonder within human existence, with little or no murk whatsoever. An anthology of 37 astonishing personal stories and essays from some of America's best writers that first appeared in Portland Magazinem
To check out more Orbis Books: http://www.orbisbooks.com/
This is a very different kind of posting for the Affiliate Website. However, all of us in Maryknoll (the Church in general) are hoping to find ways to engage and attract new missioners, especially young ones. The flood gates have not yet opened up.
While not a specific response to the above, the link below will direct you to an article in the December 2017 issue of America (the Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture) that speaks to some interesting and provocative reasons why the Church has fallen back in several areas. Additionally, it is a challenge to regain its status for innovation. [You’ll have to endure some attached advertisements]
While MAC 2017 in Guatemala brought Affiliates and other Maryknollers together from many parts of the world, the geographic distances keep us from hearing much from the international chapters. There is an Affiliate chapter in Mwanza, Tanzania, in Seoul, Korea, two in Philippines, 6 in Peru, 3 in Bolivia and one each in El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala. For each of these chapters and each member therein there is an accompanying human story of mission.
A few weeks ago, Fred Goddard relayed this remembrance of Luchie Salcedo from one of the Philippine chapters:
Luchie has been in and out of the hospital for some time now with varying illnesses, and at times we thought she would not make it. At one point she needed something like five bags of blood for a blood transfusion. Yet, somehow, she always seemed to pull through. She did not make it this time.
Luchie lived in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Davao City, and she was always fighting with the people for their rights and their dignity. She was very active in her parish, but lived the liberating message of the Gospel. Above all else, though, Luchie fought for the rights or women alongside other women in Davao and in the Philippines, including Jet’s* sister, Mary Lou (Belo). She will be dearly missed by us, by her community and by the women’s movement.
A difficult way to start the New Year, but her spirit will be with us as we continue her struggles.
* As many of you know, Jet is Fred’s wife
The Maryknoll Affiliate Board gratefully and enthusiastically announces that Rosa Beatriz Castañeda Ramirez of the Guatemala Chapter will be joining the Board as of January, 2018. All who participated at MAC 2017 know Rosa Beatriz well as the person who, along with her team, provided an amazingly positive (for many transformative) experience there last November at Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado in Sacatepéquez, about ½ hour outside Guatemala City. Rosa Beatriz has many administrative, organizational and personal gifts that are only surpassed by her commitment to mission and to Maryknoll spirituality. Felicitaciones y bienvenido Rosa Beatriz!!
We would also like to acknowledge and greatly thank !! outgoing Board members John Meyer (Phoenix Chapter) and Patty Barneond de Garcia Tres (Guatemala Chapter). Both were with us for six years and both contributed with insight, imagination and personal investment in too many ways to count. They will be greatly missed. Patty also served as Liaison to Latin America – a role that Rosa Beatriz will assume. Thank you, Patty & John.
“Heaven is not a place of eternal rest or a long sleep-in, but a life of creativity and newness in love; one with God in the transformation of all things.” —Ilia Delio
From the Staff of NTLH (No Tan Lejos del Horizonte)
Below are the Consensus Action Statements from the most recent Board Meeting – November 9, 2017, in Guatemala
CAS #1. The Board assigns an ad hoc committee of Bob Short, Rich Lessard, John and Mary Moritz, and an international member, possibly Patty Barneond, to begin meeting digitally and possibly in person. (The Society, Sisters, and MKLM could consult on specific areas.) They will develop the four topics identified in the discussion of Where we will we be in 5 years: Collaboration, Identity, International and Cross-cultural aspects, and Models. This will culminate in a retreat using the contemplative process for the Fall 2018 Board/RC meeting, where they will develop initiatives and suggested actions for Affiliates in the future
CAS #2. The Board by consensus adopts the Board/RC Travel Proposal to commit $12,000 over the next five years to fund travel assistance to Board/RC members as described in the draft proposal.
CAS #3. The Board agrees to recognize the Springfield, MA Chapter. Bob Short and David Schaffner will send acceptance letters and other appropriate materials.
CAS # 4. The Board re-elected David Schaffner as Chair.
For their reflection last Wednesday, the virtual MK Affiliate Chapter used the piece below to begin their conversation. It was a lively and evocative discussion.
Quaker pastor Philip Gulley summarizes how we must rebuild spirituality from the bottom up in his book, If the Church Were Christian. Here Richard Rohr OFM takes the liberty of using his own words to restate Gulley’s message. It offers a rather interesting description of Emerging Christianity:
Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios, who lead the incredible Guatemalan MAC Planning Team, wrote to let us know that (paraphrasing Rosa Beatriz):
The post-MAC 2017 documents are ready on the webpage (link below) in Spanish and English for all the affiliates to see the MAC results. We believe it very important that Maryknollers share them with their chapters and other organizational structures.
Why are they important? ...Because these are the results of a 120 Maryknollers coming together to reflect, analyze, dreams, etc. about the present moment and the future for Affiliates, for all of Maryknoll.
They are telling a lot to us!!! We encourage you to read them as we look towards the horizon for 2018.
(L-R around the table) Lyn Ibanez, Mary Heyl, Alf Pacaon, John Hernandez, Richard Perez, Cordelia Ontiveros, Hugh Menton, Sr. Kathryn Shannon MM, Jean Menton, Tim Moffet (not pictured, I'm the photographer) but that's my plate of food, lol.
After our Christmas feast of tamales and such, we cleared the table, chose a Christmas card, then surveyed the list and picked who we would like to send Christmas greetings and appreciation for their P&J work. Later we gathered in chairs in a circle, and each one dropped their letter in the basket, picked out a white elephant gift, told the group why they chose that particular person to write to, and then opened their gift. It was fun and relevant.
Of the Los Angeles fires Tim also wrote:
All of us Affiliates in Los Angeles are not living within in the current fire zone, however the Maryknoll Sisters in Monrovia are just below the foothills and it is possible that they might be in danger in the future. If it weren't for the horrible fires burning homes, ranches and wildlife, it is actually very very nice weather, mild and very comfortable and very dry. Tourist weather. The air is very invigorating, but the wildfires like it too. We all live more south and eastward in L.A. County, and are not getting the smoke from the fires, the sky is clear, but those who live on the west and north side are dealing with the smoke and fires. The Santa Ana winds were blowing from the east to the west.
Let us prayer for the people who are experiencing very difficult times because of these fires.