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Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:08

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

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The 5th Consensus Action Statement (CAS) from the most recent Affiliate Board meeting poses the questions:

1) Where do we want Maryknoll Affiliates to be in 5 years?  2) What are 1-3 actions steps to get us there? While Board chair Dave Schaffner presented these two questions to Board members, they are critical question extended to all of us as Affiliates.  Given the geographic expanse, life experience and 1000's of years of commitment to mission among us, how might each of us (you) respond to these questions.  Any insights (broad or particularly focused) in this regard would be very welcome.

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

Thank you much.

Monday, 19 June 2017 00:37

San Diego Chapter - June 2017

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In the first two sentences of her book, Becoming Wise - An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Krista Tippett, the host of the public radio program, On Being, writes: "I'm a person who listens for a living.  I listen for wisdom, and beauty, and for voices not shouting to be heard."

On Sunday, June 11th I had the chance to meet with 16 members of the San Diego Chapter, who gathered in the rectory of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in the Mission Hill section of that city. Hugh Menton, Regional Coordinator for the California Region, drove all the way from Long Beach to also be at the meeting.  Hugh's wife Jean wasn't able to make it that Sunday. 

Like many if not all Affiliate Chapters, there was a felt sense of welcome, of engaging reflection, of meaningful conversation, of humor, of kindness and of being at home.  There were no 'voices shouting to be heard' - where there is genuine community, no one had to shout.  During this moment in history when many feel our country's deepest values are in free fall, we were all very grateful for this time and space when 'people of the pillars' (Spirituality, Community, Global Vision & Action) could come together. Besides that, the members spoke of really good brownies at the pot luck gathering to follow... speaking here of only legitimate culinary ingredients.

It struck me once again while in San Diego that Maryknollers are people on the margins trying very hard and with a great deal of integrity to speak a word of life, of Life.

Friday, 09 June 2017 17:35

MAC 2017 June 11th - Update

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As of June 9th...

  • 64 people outside of Guatemala have registered and 20 inside Guatemala have also registered.  That leaves just about 15 openings left
  • Registration form and deposit of $50 per person (or full balance of $370 per person) must be received by August 15th. 
    • If not already sent, full payment is due by October 1st.
  • To check on areas of health to consider, go to the CDC website at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/guatemala
    • The CDC presents a comprehensive and cautious perspective.  Albany Chapter members who have a sister relationship with Maryknoll in Guatemala travel there often to rural areas without any special precautions.  
    • Each person should follow through as s/he feels most comfortable
  • Ground transportation: Guatemala Chapter members will meet each person at the airport and bring them to the Maryknoll Society House and then, from there, to the venue.  
    • More will follow as the time gets closer and each person has his/her flight schedules.  This will include helpful addresses and contact information.
  • To register go to:  http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores
  • To make payment, go to: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b378aa_7035107115e84cbdabd698faa8a9d2e5.pdf

If you haven't already done so, please consider this very special opportunity to travel to Guatemala and meet with Affiliates and other Maryknollers from around the world.

Friday, 09 June 2017 17:32

Sister Mary Lou Andrews

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Prayers for Sr. Mary Lou

Board member Ginny McEvoy wrote to ask if we were aware that Sr. Mary Lou Andrews' prayer ministry was to pray for the Affiliates and Full Circle... "Sister has been very faithful about remembering our intentions, unfortunately she is in the hospital now and will be moving into hospice when she comes home from the hospital... please ask the groups to remember her in prayer as she moves into her final mission... "
 
Thank you

The 5 Consensus Action Statements below are from the recent Affiliate Board meeting - May 5-7, 2017

 

CAS #1.   On the June Regional Coordinator phone call, the RCs will deliberate and suggest a framework for the selection of RCs and will decide whether RCs should have set terms.  The Board will take their input and develop the framework at the next Board meeting.

CAS #2.   Everyone who is an Affiliate or is in contact with an Affiliate chapter will receive both the digital version of Not So Far Afield & the Monday Morning Update email.  The process of merging the two databases will be worked on by Mary Ryan Hotchkiss, Ginny McEvoy, and Bob Short.

CAS #3.  The Board approves the Roles and Responsibilities documents for the Chapter Coordinator/Contact Person, Nominating Committee, and Finance Committee as amended.

CAS #4.  The revised draft of the Board Member Manual of 2017 will be reviewed by 3 board members who will submit their comments and suggestions by July 1, 2017.  Dave Schaffner and Bob Short will incorporate suggestions and possible new materials and finalize the revised Board Member Manual.

CAS #5.  All board members will respond to Dave Schaffner by email by July 1 to the questions:  1) where do we want Maryknoll Affiliates to be in 5 years?  2) what are 1-3 actions steps to get us there?

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

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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! 

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