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Maryknoll Affiliate News (163)

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Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

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By John Sivalon

 

I am delighted to be here today and to take part in this conference. I want to thank the Affiliate chapter of Albany for their invitation and for their patience in working with me to prepare for this conference. With them, I am grateful to Ann Carr and the Affiliate Board for their support and to Bob Short who in his own writings has stimulated us all to think of doing mission in terms of a new paradigm. I also want to thank Ellen McDonald, Jack Sullivan and Gerry Kelly for their commitment and dedication to the vision of the Affiliates. As the first conference of affiliates after the death of Jim Madden, this conference is even more significant and profound for me, as I believe it is for you. Jim left us with words of encouragement about his own vision, and advising us to search out new ways of being a movement into the future. Not only his words, but his lived example, encourage us to appreciate the abiding presence of God in cultures.

 

With his words and vision in mind, we come together to wrestle with the mysterious call we have all received: “to participate in the mission of God.” Most important, I come here today, not to offer answers, but to raise questions for all of us that we might work together for some glimpse into how the Maryknoll movement will be carried into the future. Part of that process, for which I am deeply appreciative, is the responses of Sam Stanton, Mary Ellen Kempken and Robert Ellsberg to my own presentation. I am sure their additions will be very helpful in clarifying the weaknesses of my presentation and more importantly they will add their own wisdom, perspective and experience to help all of us in opening our hearts and minds to God’s wisdom.

 

The theme of this conference is "Maryknoll Affiliates: The Third Wave Emerging into the Future.” Contemplating that theme, I imagined myself sitting on the beach looking out at the beautiful ocean and counting the waves. I asked myself what is a wave, and how do you count them. When was the first wave and what wave is this really? It became clear to me that, while I am not sure what wave this is, I am confident that the world in which we live today is dramatically different than the world in which I was raised and I am confident that it is a “New Wave.”

 

The language of “Third Wave” entered most prominently into the vocabulary of the Maryknoll world with a talk given a few years ago by Robert Shreiter on “Mission ad Gentes.” In that talk he associated the “Third Wave” with some changes in contemporary society related to globalization. But I believe that besides these socio-political-economic changes, a much deeper change has taken place. Our whole understanding of the universe has been turned upside-down since the 1970s especially in the West, but spreading throughout the world. And, paraphrasing St Thomas, if our view of creation is distorted, our view of God will be distorted, and by implication our view of mission and church.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

State of the Heart Letter - November 2014

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Affiliate Board State of the Heart Letter: Mission and Wholemaking in a Time of Uncertainty Ann Carr Board Chair "I believe that the Maryknoll Affiliates are uniquely positioned to be carried into the future by this new wave of mission." John Sivalon, MM. "A New Wave: The Maryknoll Affiliates and Our Sacred Pilgrimage" MAC 2014. Stony Point, NY Many challenging and grace filled moments are shaping the life of the Affiliate movement in this current time: our June MAC 2014 conference, the recent Maryknoll Society Chapter, Congregation General Assembly and the complexities of a world ranging from tragic wars in Syria to the inspiring leadership of Pope Francis. Aware of this unique moment, the Affiliate Board gathered October 17-19 to engage in a process of visioning, direction and needs assessment for the Affiliate movement. Our hope was that we might listen deeply and create a process inviting all Affiliates in Chapters to discern with us. Where and how do we see the Affiliate movement in this current time? What recent experiences within and beyond Maryknoll are shaping our future direction?

Affiliate Board Members L-R (Top) Fr. Fr. Tom O'brien, John Meyer, Dave Schaffner, Patty Symkowick, Mary Massaro, Rich Lessard, Joe Symkowick (Bottom) Patty Barneond de Garcia Tres, Ann Carr, Margo Cambier.

We began with two very inspirational reports by Board member John Meyer and RC John Moritz, respective representatives to the Society Chapter and Sisters' GA. Each shared of their gratitude for the inspirational stories and courageous visioning of Maryknoll missioners who welcomed them to participate in their processes. From both the reports and preliminary documents, it is clear that a strong desire for collaboration with the Affiliates is emerging. We know this is already happening in some ways, but believe there will now be more opportunity and invitation.
Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:20

Jim Madden MM - Rest in Peace

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Jim Madden MM

Jack Sullivan sent out word earlier today that Jim Madden MM passed away this morning at 1:40 AM. He died peacefully, just a little more than a month after learning of his cancer diagnosis. Services will take place next Thursday and Friday (1/16-17) at Maryknoll in Ossining. More will follow in the days ahead.

In his last weeks Jim spoke over and over of the gratitude he had for God, Maryknoll, Mission and all of us. I know all of us, each in our own way, would like to express our gratefulness for him!

Sunday, 03 November 2013 14:45

November/December 2013 Not So Far Afield now available

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The November/December Not So Far Afield newsletter of the Maryknoll Affiliates is now available online at http://notsofarafield.org/2013/11/.

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Friday, 31 May 2013 03:03

Affiliates on Facebook

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Connect with Affiliates at the Maryknoll Affiliate Facebook page at www.facebook.com/maryknollaffiliates and be sure to “Like” us!

Anybody can leave a comment, news, question, etc. at our Facebook page!

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 12:12

Not So Far Afield Jan/Feb 2013

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Accompaniment is the theme for the Jan/Feb 2013 Not So Far Afield Maryknoll Affiliate newsletter. Please send us articles about your or your Affiliate chapter's Accompaniment.

Many people write letters to family and friends at Christmas time telling of their year and its activities. We urge you to mention in your Christmas letter your affiliation with Maryknoll and what it has meant to you and your family. Please forward a copy of your letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will share some of them in our next issue.

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 16:45

First Thoughts (Bob Short)

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In A Sacred Voice Is Calling, John Neafsey writes that, “Our sense of vocation is intimately linked to the people and things that move us to passion and compassion.” On September 1st I started in the position of Affiliate Executive Coordinator. Previous escapades with Maryknoll have included work, with my family, in Bolivia and Ecuador; six years in Lay Missioner leadership; vocation/recruitment work; and, just last year, working on the Society’s Centennial. I have been part of the Boston Affiliate chapter since its inception. Seeing this, some might credibly surmise that ‘this guy has some kind of weird Maryknoll addiction thing going on here.’ In my defense, I simply cannot shake the notion that the mission and people of Maryknoll continue to move me to passion and compassion. As the latest expression within Maryknoll, the Affiliates join with the other entities, each in their unique vocation, to live out this mission. 

While it’s too early to make any cogent projections about Affiliate developments in the months to come, what is clear is that, unlike the very difficult state of affairs Barack Obama was confronted with when he first took office, thanks to the work and planning of Fred, the Board and so many others among you, the Maryknoll Affiliate house is in very good order. I’m very grateful. Like so many who have come to know him, it quickly becomes evident that Fred is a person who goes beyond what is asked of him. I’ve now come to see that the Affiliate Board members appear to be very much in that same mold. Given that their financial compensation is in all cases a multiple of zero, I have to suspect that other motivations are at play with Board members. Rumor has it that all this can be said of many other Affiliates as well.

Monday, 06 August 2012 15:04

Updated Website

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After weeks of work, I have just switched over to our "not quite ready for prime time" updated website. I say "not quite ready for prime time" because there are still some things to do.

What does this mean for you and for the Maryknoll Affiliates? Most of the changes were "behind the scenes." It was in some ways like upgrading the operating system on a computer, like going from Windows 95 to Windows Vista. Just like on a computer, though, when you upgrade the operating system, you have to upgrade some of your programs. I did this for several reasons, primarily to make it easier for those who will be taking over maintenance of the website and to make sure that it is secure as we can make it.

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