The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates
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.
Given that our November/December 2011 edition of Not So Far Afield had the theme of youth and the future of mission, the message of Pope Benedict XVI for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace could not have been better timed. The theme for this year's message is Educating Young People in Justice and Peace. You can read the entire message at:
During 2012, Maryknoll will offer a unique experience to young men and women to answer the call of Jesus and serve in overseas mission.
Prospective candidates for the four entities of Maryknoll will gather at different locations around the country for a day long program to discern a call to overseas missionary work. Some will come to contemplate a lifetime commitment as a priest, brother, or sister to witness and proclaim Jesus Christ to the poor overseas. Others will come to discern a three year commitment as lay missioners or to join the Maryknoll Affiliates.
All who attend these informative events will learn that Maryknoll is indeed a family committed to heed Jesus' command to go forth to all people everywhere!
Participants will have the opportunity to meet current and returned missioners; and listen to mission stories from those who have worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The day long encounter is an opportunity to learn about life as a Maryknoll missioner and begin to reflect on whether God is calling you to ministry in overseas mission.
We just received the list of the themes for Maryknoll magazine for next year. As we did with this year, we will follow those themes in Not So Far Afield.
The themes for next year will be:
January/February 2012: Option for the Poor - deadline 11/18/11
March/April 2012: Maryknoll Brotherhood - deadline 1/27/12
May/June 2012: Good Stewardship of God's Creation - deadline 3/16/12
July/August 2012: Refugees and Migration - deadline 5/18/12
September/October 2012: Mission in Partnership - deadline 7/20/12
November/December 2012: Mission in the United States - deadline 9/14/12
September 16, 2011
If you have not registered for the Mission Conference,"Push out into the deep... Communion and Missionary Discipleship," it's not too late to take advange of the early registration fee. Make sure you register before September 23, 2011, to lock in the early bird rate. There is a lot of excitement about this Conference and we encourage you to spread the word to your mission partners and friends by inviting them to join you at the Conference. To register online for the conference click here or you can call us at 202-832-3112.
Thank you for your understanding and consideration.
We look forward to seeing you in Miami!
The USCMA Staff
UNITED STATES CATHOLIC MISSION ASSOCIATION
HECKER CENTER, SUITE 100
3025 FOURTH STREET, NE • WASHINGTON DC 20017-1102
Phone: 202.832-3112 • Fax: 202.832-3688
The United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) is in search of a new Executive Director.
The USCMA seeks an Executive Director with strong mission experience who will work with the board to promote the vision and mission of the organization. The position offers numerous opportunities for national leadership in the area of mission and global solidarity.
We have added all Maryknoll Affiliates for whom we have email addresses to our Maryknoll Affiliate Website Update that goes out each Monday. As we explained in the most recent edition of Not So Far Afield, these updates are sent automatically each Monday when there has been new content added to our website the week before.
As we share more information on the website, we felt it important that all Maryknoll Affiliates receive these updates. You can, of course, unsubscribe to these updates by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.
Washington, DC - "Miami is waiting to welcome you to the 2011 Mission Conference 'Push out into the deep... Communion and Missionary Discipleship,'" said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami. Capturing the message of the he said, "Inspired by the Gospel of St. Luke, Chapter 5, this call to communion and missionary discipleship is a call to put out into the deep and like the promise of the deep, be surprised by God's bounty."
You can now get weekly updates on what has been posted to our website.
If you don't come to our website often, but would like to know when something new has been posted, you can now subscribe to our Website Updates. Once a week, you will receive an email with highlights of postings for the previous week. If there are no new posting you will not receive an email message.
So, we invite you to subscribe now to keep abreast of the latest news of the Maryknoll Affiliates. Click here to go to the subscription form.
It has been six months since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Some Maryknoll Affiliates have already been back there (we hope to have something to post from them soon). In the meantime, here are some suggested things to read.
Renate Schneider recommended reading Where's Haiti's Bailout?
Yvette Connell, who is going with a friend to Haiti to help a couple who are caring for orphans who are HIV positive, shared the article below (click on Read more…).
You may also want to view this video from Democracy Now: "When Everybody Comes and Has a Solution For Haiti It Only Creates a Problem" - Sister Mary Finnick on Recovery Efforts
My husband, John, and I (pictured at right) tabled for Maryknoll at the Junior Division of the Knights of Peter Claver Conference, Gulf Coast Region, held in Jacksonville, Florida on March 5-7, 2010. The young men and women in attendance ranged from 7-18 while their chaperones were adults of various ages.
Renate passed on the following email noting that these are "Very interesting comments."
FROM THE FRONT LINES (Flavia Cherry)
It is good to see that some efforts are being made to reach women in desperate need, but those of us on the ground are yet to see this happen in many of the areas where there is desperate need for food and relief. AID agencies MUST find a more humane way to reach out to the women and children who are most vulnerable and desperate. I know that the need is great, there is no excuse for what is the reality on the ground here in Haiti as Caribbean citizens offered help and mmany have even been denied entry. It is obvious that the aid agencies, (well intentioned as they may be) are unable to handle the scale of the problem here in Haiti. So why are they not being inclusive and involving more Haitian and Caribbean institutions in the relief and recovery efforts? Something is very wrong about the picture here in Haiti because while international agencies are dropping the ball in an attempt to monopolize aid efforts, Haitians are dying. Apart from lines for women, there is an urgent need for volunteers to go into the camps to reach women, children, disabled and elderly people who are unable to move.