The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates
We are very happy to announce that two regions - California and the Northeast - now have new Regional Coordinators (RCs). The new RCs will be replacing two foundational figures in the Affiliate world - Joe Santos (along with his wife Peggy) of California and Beth Begley of the Northeast. Joe will remain the Affiliate liaison to the exploratory Cuba initiative and Beth the liaison to Just Faith Ministries and the Sisters' Mission Institute. Un millón de gracias to these wonderful, committed people.
The new Regional Coordinators will be:
CALIFORNIA - Hugh and Jean Menton of the Los Angeles Chapter. Joe Santos provided a brief bio from which the following is extracted:
In 1970 Hugh began working in Pomona Unified School district, where he worked for 36 years as a teacher and administrator. Jean was at home with the children until their youngest was a preschooler and then she began a journey towards returning to teaching. This time she was attracted to preschool and a 20 year career as a Head Start teacher followed. Both worked primarily with students, families and schools in poorer neighborhoods serving immigrant, low income and diverse linguistic, racial/ethnic neighborhoods.
They have been active in their parish, Our Lady of the Assumption, since the early 1970s. Besides the usual religious, educational and social activities their four children drew them into, they have been involved in a variety of social justice activities beginning with the Christian Family Movement, Outreach Coordinating Council of the Parish Leadership Council, JustFaith programs, actions and development, St. Camillus Spiritual Care Center in Los Angeles, serving LAC+USC Medical Center (county hospital) and the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program. They joined the Greater Los Angeles, Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter a few years ago after a Maryknoll Lay Mission Immersion with other JustFaith program graduates to lay missioners’ projects in El Salvador.
They spent time discerning the invitation to become California Region Coordinators. Their belief that the Spirit works in communities and linking communities increases the affect of the Spirit’s work lead them to say yes to this role.
NORTHEAST - Santa Orlando of the Albany Chapter.
Many of you will remember Santa from her extensive work on the 2014 MAC at Stony Point. You might also remember her son, Kevin, who was the DJ for our wild parties during the Conference. Santa is originally from Long Island (her NY - down city - accent will confirm that) where she began her career as a medical technician doing lots of work in chemistry. She then moved to the greater Albany area where she started a lab for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Santa now teaches high school biology. Any one who has who have come to know Santa is inevitably struck by her straightforward charm. There is no pretense in Santa, but there is a strong commitment to Maryknoll's mission charism.
Last year she took a Friends Across Borders trip to Bolivia and wrote about that in a thoughtful and moving article for NSFA. She has also taken three trips to Guatemala as part of the sister relationship the Albany Chapter has there. Perhaps what stands out most about Santa is the energy, insight and integrity she brings to anything she believes in. And, she believes in the Affiliate movement a great deal.
Welcome aboard Santa, Jean and Hugh
Don't miss the latest news—the May/June 2016 issue of Not So Far Afield is now available. We're talking about virtual communities, a new book group, plans for Maryknoll Affiliate conferences in New Orleans and ¡Guatemala!—and more!
For easy access to articles by, about, and for Affiliates, go to Spring Into Action!
Maryknoll Lay Missioners Informational Dinner, Washington D.C.
Friday, May 6th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Join us for dinner and learn about becoming a Maryknoll Lay Missioner! Learn about the admissions process, benefits, etc. Meet returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners in the D.C. area, hear what their mission experience meant to them, what they have done after returning from mission. Share with others who have an interest in overseas service. Affiliates are invited.
Where: 1233 10th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001
3 blocks from the Mt. Vernon/Convention Center Metro station)
Visit: www.mklm.org for more info
The Affiliate Board and Regional Coordinators met at Maryknoll, April 14-17th. A number of action items were approved, including the endorsement and support of the Guatemala chapter in hosting the MAC2017 and the establishment of pilot Virtual Affiliate Communities/Chapters. These and other initiatives are contained in the Consensus Action Statements that follow. Watch for the latest on these developments in the upcoming issues of Not So Far Afield.
# 1. We enthusiastically support and affirm the Guatemalan proposal for the MAC 2017.
# 2. We affirm John Moritz’s formation work. The Board calls for action to assist John in revising the formation program. The formation program is to be known as a formation/renewal program. Ken Epps and Ginny McEvoy will assist John Moritz in this effort
# 3. The Board requests its members to visit (in person, via conference call, Skype, etc.) at least one Affiliate Chapter besides their own per year and report on the visit via Not So Far Afield.
#4. Bob Short will create an Affiliate Chapter contact person database to include location, chapter contact person, the contact person’s street address, phone, and email address. This database will be made available to the Society (Russ Feldmeier), Congregation (Norie Mojado/Teruko Ito), and Lay Missioners (Margo Cambier).
#5. Ginny McEvoy will work with Bob Short to create an Excel database of Affiliates, combining the existing databases. Bob will maintain the database.
#6. Bill Murphy and team (to be identified) will develop and pilot a one-day reflection program for people returning from immersion trips.
#7. The Board affirms the concept and approves the establishment of pilot virtual communities:
A. Contemplative community: John Moritz
B. Chapter communities: Mary Massaro will explore forming a community with three women who are interested but live distant from any chapter or each other. Beth Begley will explore a virtual community of existing Affiliates who do not have local chapters.
#8. The Board wholeheartedly recognizes the Emaus group in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as a new chapter and welcomes them.
#9. The Board welcomes and supports the continued presence of representatives of all three Maryknoll entities on the Board.
#10. The Board approves Rich Lessard for a second term on the Board.
#11. The Board will search/advertise for new Board members and reopen the search for the finance person.
#12. The Board approves the revised Organization Document. The document will be distributed to the Board for final review before being distributed to the Regional Coordinators and Chapter contact people. A copy of the final document will be made available to the Joint Members of Leadership (JML) upon request.
#13. For reasons of continuity, the Board extends Dave Schaffner’s term so he may continue as Chair of the Board through November 2017.
#14. Bob Short and Mary Massaro will revise the Affiliate Board Handbook.
#15. The Board named committee members for 2016:
A. Executive Committee: Dave Schaffner, Rich Lessard, and John Meyer.
B. Nominating Committee: Mary Massaro and Gerry Mullaney.
C. Finance Committee: Dave Schaffner, Ginny McEvoy, and Bob Short (ex officio).
“Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home” Program
Unhealed Wounds By Ann Hayden, MM
Jesus lives! Yes, the tomb is empty and the bindings
are clean and folded neatly where he laid.
Jesus is raised, transfigured, and changed forever.
Yet, when he comes among us, and come he does,
his wounds are fresh and deep.
And how could we doubt it is he, since the wounds
shown us would swallow you or me?
Wounded Jesus, hot with pain...we build walls to keep you out;
we lock you away in prisons, psych wards, old-age homes;
in rooms of torture, tent cities, earthquake ruins,
refugee camps, alleys, slums, brothels, temporary housing, and...
Jesus, wounded in body and spirit, you hang on a
tree today in our living rooms, our stadiums, and
in forests and fields half-a-globe away.
Jesus, I hear you calling me into dark and scary places to meet you,
places I would rather not go.
Where else am I to go? You have the words of life.
You are the bread of life, broken and given for ALL
You are invited to join…
A HOLY WEEK MISSION DISCERNMENT RETREAT
When: Holy Thursday, March 24th at 3pm to Easter Sunday, March 27th at 10am
Where: Maryknoll Campus – Ossining, New York
If you are contemplating a commitment to overseas service, please consider joining us for a Holy Week Mission Discernment Retreat with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Maryknoll Fathers and Maryknoll Sisters!
The Holy Week Mission Discernment Retreat is an opportunity to reflect on one’s call to mission, to learn more about what a commitment to overseas service entails and to consider whether this might be the next step in your own mission journey. Retreatants will meet current and returned Maryknoll missioners; listen to mission stories from those who have worked in Asia, Africa, and the Americas; and engage in small group reflection and discussion. There will be Holy Week liturgies, Stations of the Cross, and Easter Vigil celebrations. There will be time to socialize and also time for individual reflection. Retreatants will receive one-on-one guidance from Maryknoll mentors and will also learn about the admission requirements, application process and placement options.
The cost is $60 which includes 3 days of food and lodging on the Maryknoll campus. All retreatants will have individual rooms.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
FOR CLASS OF 2016
As Maryknoll Affiliates you have been nourished by the four pillars of spirituality, global vision, community and action. These values are also deeply shared by the men, women, couples and families who join in international service as Maryknoll Lay Missioners. We invite you to consider whether you might be called to join us overseas mission. Perhaps now is the time for you to come and see what God has in store for you!
Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers U.S. Catholics the opportunity to respond to the call to mission by serving the poor in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Through MKLM you can give back from the skills and gifts with which you have been blessed and work for sustainable change in an overseas community as part of our global church.
We are now accepting applications for the class of 2016.
If you, or anyone you know, feels called to live and work with the global poor, we encourage you to visit our website www.mklm.org click on "Become a Missioner," and let the adventure begin!
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Word came last week from Fred Goddard and Jack Sullivan MM that Lynn Houston passed on to new life. She played a very special role in the Maryknoll Affiliate movement. For those of us who didn't have the privilege of meeting Lynn, Ann Carr, Ginny McEvoy and Mary Moritz help us in the words and photos that follow to know her and why she will be so missed. Look for a more complete article about Lynn in the next NSFA.
She was often credited to be the first Affiliate, having contacted Jim Madden in early 1991 before he started organizing chapters. She was also a member of the first Affiliate Board.
Lynn worked as an RN in an inner-city school in Hartford, CT and started a small youth group there, serving as a wonderful mentor to the young students and continuing to keep in touch with them after they graduated. Lynn and Celine Woznica (Chicago Central Chapter) along with Joe Thaler MM organized a parallel youth conference at an early MAC in 1997.
After several years in Hartford, she and her husband Harrison moved to Nantucket. Lynn worked on getting a Chapter started there on the island, but the relative isolation made that difficult. Eventually, she and Harrison moved to Florida and Lynn wasted no time starting the Florida Space Coast Chapter. Particulars are a bit elusive, but due to travel distances, a second Chapter was formed in the Jacksonville area. That Chapter - Northeast Florida - is home to Regional Coordinators John and Mary Moritz. Mary wrote, "Lynn shepherded us as we formed. She only could come to the first couple of meetings we had before her back problems prohibited that travel up from the Space Coast. However, she called after every meeting to 'keep tabs' on us and offer suggestionn.
We end with Ann Carr's moving words about Lynn: "She was one of the kindest, most dedicated people I have had the privilege of meeting in our Maryknoll Affiliate movement over the years. She had such a great heart for Maryknoll and was always looking for ways to deepen and widen the circles of the Maryknoll Affiliate family."
Please read this invitation to serve with an open heart and mind. Our current Finance Committee Chair, David Schaffner, has accepted the position of Board Chair. The Nominating Committee is now seeking a new board member to take over his responsibilities as Finance Committee Chair, with his guidance during the transition.
According to our organizational document, the Finance Committee includes the Executive Coordinator and other interested board members. The Finance Committee’s role is to ensure the sound financial health and responsible use of funds for the Maryknoll Affiliate Movement.
The Finance Committee Chair performs these key responsibilities:
Regularly review with and provide guidance to the Executive Coordinator, who drafts annual budgets and monitors and prepares reports on monthly income and expenses.
Recommend effective practices for increasing income and utilizing expenses, in keeping with the principle of self-funding.
Write letters of appreciation to major donors.
Present a finance report at each semi-annual board meeting (held in Ossining, NY).
Direct the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC) scholarship program.
Spearhead the preparation of the October and mid-year letters of appeal.
Contribute occasional short articles to Not So Far Afield to update and expand upon on the financial situation of our Affiliate movement.
The above responsibilities require some experience and comfortability in dealing with spreadsheets and oral and written budget reports. If needed, other Affiliates can assist the Chair with the written word.
NOMINATION FORM or the APPLICATION FORM. You might be asked to allow Adobe to open these links. If you are not able to write on these forms from this link, you should be able to do so from the website - maryknollaffiliates.org. Go to News - Downloads - and these forms.
Ron Guidry, contact person for the Westchester Affiliate Chapter, sent this email yesterday (2/8): "I got word tonight that Mary Murphy made her final passage to God last night Sunday, Feb.7." All of us who have come to know Mary celebrate her wonderful life of faith and service. See previous posting on Mary.
Ron Guidry, contact person for the Westchester Affiliate Chapter, wrote earlier this week that the condition of member Mary Murphy has worsened and that she is bed-bound and in hospice.
Ginny McEvoy, new Affiliate Board member and friend of Mary's said of her, "Mary was very active in the Westchester Affiliate chapter... a few of her activities: aside from being active in the forming of the Westchester Chapter; she helped with a forum on immigration; she began the farm on the Father's side "Pacha Mama" and enlisted volunteers to plant and harvest food that went to the shelters and homeless in Ossining; she named the Affiliate Newsletter..."
Please remember Mary in your thoughts and prayers.
Report on the 2015
Maryknoll Affiliates Survey
Report on the 2015 Maryknoll Affiliates Survey*
In fall 2014, the Affiliate Board decided to invite individual Affiliates to participate in a survey. Board member Rich Lessard convened a committee of board members, the Executive Coordinator, and Regional Coordinators; wrote the survey; and saw it through several iterations. The draft of the survey was presented in February and the Board, Regional Coordinators, and five internationally based Affiliates Beta-tested it.
Based on Beta-test feedback, the survey was revised, and the Board approved it at its March 2015 meeting. The survey had a mix of qualitative, dialog-box questions and quantitative, Likert scale type (for example: 5 = very much agree through 1 = do not agree) questions. The beta test revealed that the survey would take 30-45 minutes to complete, and this information was provided.
Early on, the committee discussed the survey’s purpose and what information each question would contribute. They hoped the survey would:
· Make connections with all Affiliates and invite them into greater ownership of future direction setting.
· Discover what meaningful difference the Affiliate identity makes in Affiliates’ lives.
· Clarify and strengthen our relationships as Affiliates-to-Affiliates and as Affiliates-to-Maryknollers—Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, and Lay Missioners.
· Discover the deeper heart wishes, passions, and abiding commitments that live within people and keep them steadfast in this movement.
The survey was made available on-line from May 1 through September 1, 2015. It was announced in the Not So Far Afield and in the Monday morning email. It was also discussed at two regional conferences held in August. In total, 82 people—about 20% of active US Affiliates—responded, 76 from the US and 6 from other countries. (The complete transcript of responses is available upon request to rshort@maryknoll affiliates.org.)
DEMOGRAPHICS AND CHAPTER HEALTH
Demographics. Respondents represent a wide spectrum of Affiliate belonging. About 46% have been Affiliates for 11 or more years, 37% for 6-10 years, and 17% for 5 years or less. The respondents are rich in mission experiences: 54% have had a local or parish-based experience; 46% have gone overseas on a mission exposure trip (less than 1 month), 20% served short-term (1-6 months), and 13% long-term (more than 6 months). About 20% of respondents are former or current Maryknoll missioners. Obviously, many respondents had multiple experiences.
All regions of the US were represented, with the Midwest and Northeast accounting for almost half (47%) of respondents. The other US regions (California, Northwest, Great Plains/Southwest, South Central and Southeast) each claimed 7-10%. All but six of the responses were from US Affiliates, although we have Affiliates residing in Mesoamerica, Latin America, Philippines, South Korea, and Tanzania. The non-US respondents live in Philippines, South Korea, Guatemala, and Mexico.